Strong summer expected for South African citrus

Buyers should see another strong South African citrus crop this summer, with navels arriving a little late, but with promotable volumes.

Miles Fraser-Jones, director of global business development for Tom Lange Cos. subsidiary Seven Seas’ New Jersey office, said he expects South African navels to arrive in the U.S. in week 24 (the week of June 11), which would be about a week later than normal.

“It’s a good crop on the trees,” he said in late April. “The drought in South Africa hasn’t affected this year’s crop, but no rain this winter will be a problem next season.”

Fraser-Jones said sizing may be off a little, peaking on 72s, then 64s and 88s.

Gray Vinson, South African citrus commodity manager for Seald Sweet LLC, Vero Beach, Fla., said the company’s navel oranges…

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