Lemon oil from all corners of the world is one of Ultra’s core products and is obtained by cold expression or steam distillation of lemon peel.
Lemon has a place in many culinary uses from soft drinks and cocktails to marmalade. However, it can also be used and found in household cleaning products since it can disinfect, deodorise, remove grease and dissolve wax and grime to name but a few uses.
Lemon is also used in aromatherapy to enhance moods and can be used for its anti-bacterial properties in other medicinal applications. In fragrances it gives a fresh uplifting and zesty note to any perfume as it is highly volatile.
Interestingly the three top producers of fresh lemons in the world are not the countries we would associate with oil production; the top 3 being China, India and Mexico, which account for over 40% of the world production.
Today we associate lemon oil production with Italy and Spain (Europe), Argentina and USA (Americas) and even South Africa.
Over the past 40 years Argentina's processed lemon volumes have increased significantly decade on decade, from an average annual volume of 80,000 MT in the 1970s, to 200,000 MT in the 1980s, to 540,000 MT in the 1990s and 900,000 MT since 2000. This is why today its contribution is very important to our markets.
Argentina's 2014 crop disaster put huge pressure on the global market, something we are still recovering from. Argentina contributes around 10% of the global fresh lemon fruit market. When you think that over the past 5 years Argentina has processed an average of 860,000 MT of fresh lemons then any crop 'disaster' will have a major impact on the global market.
Argentina’s lemon-growing areas experienced weather conditions conducive to a healthy lemon production. The estimate for MY 2018/2019 points to an improvement on fresh fruit production at 1.6 million MT, higher than last season’s 1.5 million MT. Domestic consumption of lemons is an estimated 100,000 MT, remaining unchanged from the previous year. It was in 2017 that Argentina regained market access to the USA; and in 2018 exported around 10,640 MT of fresh fruit. Exports in 2019 exhibit an upward trend as Argentina recently opened up five new markets – USA, Mexico, Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia. Driven by a robust supply network and positive price signals, the figures for lemon exports in 2019 are predicted to touch 290,000 MT. The depreciation of the Argentine peso in 2018 has made exports more competitive but this has been partially offset by rising interest rates and input costs, a reinstatement of export taxes and a decrease in export rebates.
New plantations are beginning to produce more fruit but fruit on mature trees seems to be around 20% less than last year. The expansion of lemon production is expected to lead a growth of lemon for processing to about 1.2 MMT as opposed to last year’s 1.18 MMT. Lemon oil treads a steady path to command a firm demand. In comparison to last season, prices of oil have fallen.
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