Lemon oil from all corners of the world is one of Ultra’s core products. It's obtained by cold expression or steam distillation of lemon peel.
Lemon has a place in so 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 South Africa.
Here's how the USA's lemon harvests and oil production performed in recent years.
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*2014/15 Forecast as and at January 2015
Globally lemon stocks are on the upswing across most markets, with demand being quite steady as it has been in the last two years. Naturally, lemon prices have slackened considerably considering the increase in supply and stable demand.
USA grows lemons around the year across the three key varieties, i.e. desert, valley, and coastal. Lemon prices have seen a decline albeit a modest one. The drop in demand holds the potential of further easing out of prices, unless bad weather in the citrus districts of California upsets the applecart. Last year witnessed a substantial fall in crop production by almost 20% due to excessively high July temperatures. Farmers were hoping to avoid this situation this year since weather predictions indicate average normal temperature. Their prayers were answered as this year’s California lemon harvest volume swelled by 10%-20% compared to last year. As a result, the size of the fruit is large and the quality much superior. The USA remains a strong consumer of fresh fruit and this is the segment that is the pivotal driver for the region. The demand for the oil remains resilient and similar to last year since it is a premium quality and coveted globally. This year could prove a great equaliser since supply and demand is set to compensate and etch out price stability in the sector. Predictions for the lemon crop for the USA is said to touch 21.3 million boxes for the period 2018-2019.
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