Summer Citrus from South Africa Reports East Coast Arrival; Suhanra Conradie Comments

From And Now u Know | 9 August 2022

Overview of citrus from South Africa in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on August 05, 2022. 

SOUTH AFRICA – I learned early on in life that citrus is a quintessential summer eating experience, and imports to the United States help ensure that the good times keep rolling all season long. Summer Citrus from South Africa (SCSA) supplies are arriving on the East Coast, with some volumes expected to make their way to the Midwest and Southern states later this season.

orange volumes by histor

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

“This past week, we discharged the largest conventional vessel our group has ever shipped, accounting for 7,500 pallets,” Suhanra Conradie, Chief Executive Officer, shared in a newsletter on July 14. “For the remainder of the season, we will continue to send weekly conventional vessels and containers in-between to meet the demand of the market. In terms of shipped volumes, our fruit basket offers 47 percent Easy Peelers, 42 percent Navel oranges, 8 percent Star Ruby, and 3 percent Cara Cara.”

By the end of week 28, SCSA packed 55 percent of its 2022 crop, the newsletter outlined. A reported 45 percent has shipped via seven conventional vessels plus containers. The majority of the 9,000 pallets in these containers will arrive in New York, with one vessel making a stop in Pennsylvania, and a number of containers planned to reach Savannah, Georgia, and Houston, Texas.

orange volumes by market

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

“The arrival of our first conventional vessel has traditionally been a big celebration and something we hoped to return to this season,” Conradie continued. “I’m happy to share that after two years, we finally had the opportunity to toast to the first vessel’s arrival in Philadelphia.”

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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