Spanish lemons

Ailimpo, the Murcia-based interprofessional organisation representing the Spanish lemon industry, has revealed its estimates for the 2019/20 season, with total production slated to be 1.02m tonnes – a 22 per cent reduction on the previous season’s record crop of 1.3m tonnes.

It’s the third forecast released by Ailimpo for the 2019/20 season, with some slight changes from a previous forecast, released in July 2019.

Total production of the Fino variety was originally pegged for 820,000 tonnes, but Ailimpo has since revised it to 730,000 tonnes, a reduction of 20 per cent compared to the 918,000 tonnes produced in 2018/19.

The Verna variety, of which 382,000 tonnes were produced during the 2018/19 season, is estimated at 290,000 tonnes for the 2019/20 season, a 24 per cent drop comparatively.

Ailimpo has said it expects demand for Fino lemons to activate February onwards, while the Verna variety will peak during April, May and June, positioning it well as the leading supplier in Europe for conventional and organic fruit during this time period.