Mexican lime supplies expected to stay slim in the near future

From Fresh Plaza | 20 September 2022

Overview of limes from Mexico in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on September 16, 2022. 

Supplies of limes out of Mexico are tight and are anticipated to stay that way for another two weeks. “We’re delayed by about two weeks on the lime crops,” says Dario Torres, procurement manager for Broadview Produce Company Inc. “Usually in September there are plenty of supplies but we’re delayed due to weather.”

Supplies are currently coming out of Martínez de la Torre, Veracruz in Mexico. “This time of year the lime quality has been great. During the rainy season is when we often see quality come down,” he adds.

lime volumes by history

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

HLB issues

On top of all of that, farmers are also battling Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening. “It’s been going on for some time and it is increasing. We’re noticing it in the fields,” says Torres.

Of the supplies that are coming through, it’s more scarce on larger fruit–150s and 175s–while available supplies are concentrated on 200s and 230s.

Meanwhile, demand is good and steady for limes. “The pricing right now is a little higher than normal. It has gone up this last week and it’s heading upwards for the next two weeks,” says Torres. “Pricing will cool down by October once there is more volume available.”

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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