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Market Data 21.07.2016

AILIMPO Concludes The 2015/16 Spanish Lemon Season

The current Spanish lemon season has concluded with a provisional harvest figure of 802,000 tons,(estimated data to be achieved end of August) which is…

The current Spanish lemon season has concluded with a provisional harvest figure of 802,000 tons,(estimated data to be achieved end of August) which is 30 % less than the production figures from two years ago that yielded 1,154,000 tons and reflected Spain's true productive potential with the nearly 10 million lemon trees planted. As Ailimpo previously forecasted, the drop in crop yield was due to adverse weather conditions throughout 2015.

In general terms, Ailimpo points out that “the campaign that we are closing can be viewed as an anomaly and exceptional in terms of both volume as well as contributions. Moreover, the campaign closed earlier than expected in June, though Spanish lemons are usually present on the market until the end of July”.

The lemon harvest downturn resulted in a reduction of the offer on the export market, which shrank in volume by 21 % to tally 530,000 tons, nevertheless underscoring that “commercial efforts focused on EU markets as the sector follows a policy of prioritizing service and supply to traditional and consolidated clients”. On the other hand, and despite the smaller volume, the overall turnover on fresh lemon exports increased 15 % to reach €640 million. Germany was once again the top destination for Spanish lemons, followed by France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Poland.

The smaller crop resulted in 50 % less exports to non-EU markets, though “business activities were maintained with 48 countries outside the EU, albeit at inferior volumes, which demonstrates the dynamics of the commercial sector and trend toward diversifying destinations for Spanish lemons”. In this regard, the top non-EU countries for Spanish lemons included Switzerland, Canada, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, etc.

There is also a prominent positive trend growing in the national marketplace, marked by a 10 % increase in consumption and “confirmation of an apparent growing interest by consumers in lemons as a product identified with a more youthful and healthy lifestyle”.
Finally, processing activity in juices, essential oils and other products was very limited this year because of the modest harvest and greater engagement for the market for fresh lemons. This activity nevertheless barely topped 100,000 tons, representing 13 % of the total lemon production, though normally industry share is around 25 %.

Spanish lemons around the globe

These data also reveal that Spain remains the world's second largest lemon producer behind Argentina and maintains its global bellwether status in fresh lemon exports worldwide, since 4 out of every 10 lemons exported around the globe come from Spain. 

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Ailimpo. Asociación Interprofesional de Limón y Pomelo

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