Southern Hemisphere citrus continues to increase in the United States as consumers are becoming more accustomed to purchasing citrus year-round and the quality and taste continue to improve. Following a somewhat robust 2015 summer market, the 2016 season for summer citrus is expected to be even healthier.
The majority of the Southern Hemisphere citrus is about two weeks ahead of last season in maturity, making for better-tasting fruit earlier, creating earlier promotional opportunities, reducing transition hesitation and generating sales.
The National Restaurant Association’s 2015 Culinary Forecast, which predicts culinary trends for the coming year based on a survey of 1,300 professional chefs nationwide, listed gourmet fresh lemonades as its top non-alcoholic beverage trend. Consumers are incorporating lemon juice
and zest into everything from beverages to appetizers to baked goods, entrees and desserts.
Clementines began arriving in mid-May and those will run through late July, according to Seald Sweet International Sales Director Stu Monaghan. They will be immediately followed by late-season mandarins, such as Clemengolds, which will run through late September. Navels will
kick off the first week of July and will run through mid-September. Midnights will begin mid-September and will be in our market through mid-October.