Lemon oil from all corners of the world is one of Ultra’s core products.
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. The Spanish are the largest within Europe producing around 900,000 MT - 1,000,000 MT of fresh lemons in any given good year.
There are two seasons in Spain giving them around 9 months of harvesting during the year. The 'Fino' and 'Primafiori' type runs from November to March and the 'Verna' type from April to July. Depending on the year 20-25% of all lemons are further processed.
Today we associate lemon oil production with Italy and Spain (Europe), Argentina, Bolivia and USA (Americas) and even South Africa who are small producers on the global scale.
Spain is Europe's largest producer of fresh lemons and the largest producer of oil.
Lemon oil is obtained by cold expression or steam distillation of lemon's peel.
The lemon market in Spain has been on a roller coaster ride, though recent reports look promising. Estimates for this year’s crop predicted a significant increase in numbers for the Fino and Verna varieties. Currently, the crop stands at 3, 80,000 MT, a bumper crop in the last decade, and keeping with the industry forecast. Naturally, this augurs well for the Spanish farmers; and once again Spain consolidates its numero uno position as the biggest lemon supplier for the European markets. However, when the season opened from October to December 2018, Spanish growers faced stiff competition from the fresh fruit influx from Turkey and South Africa. As a result, large quantities of the fruit were left unpicked. The favourable weather was a critical factor contributing to the superior quality of Verna lemons.
Traditionally, around 2, 00,000 MT of fresh fruit is earmarked for processing. This year there is a serious drop of 20%; an additional setback for the processing industry, which is largely dependent on the dictates of the fresh fruit market and its fluctuations. Most of the fruit is processed between January and May. Now the industry is hoping to recover a percentage of their losses in 2019. Much is dependent on the pricing pressures, especially those commanded by the fresh fruit sector.
Ailimpo has come as a ray of hope in this plagued industry. It has successfully created a platform where players involved in the fresh fruit production and those in industrial processing have come together for a better understanding and handling of market dynamics. They are also pooling their efforts to etch out the best strategies and work together for Spain to retain its crown in the global arena.
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