CITRUSDAL, SOUTH AFRICA - Summer Citrus from South Africa’s (SCSA) easy peeler clementines will be the supplier’s first fruit to arrive this month at the New York port. More easy peelers and some navel oranges will follow with the first conventional vessel arriving in Philadelphia toward the third week of June.
During peak season, containers will also arrive in the Port of Philadelphia with more or less the same timing as the first conventional vessel. By this time, star ruby grapefruit and cara cara oranges will also start to be available.
“This year we’re expecting some of the most top quality and excellent eating quality fruit we’ve seen in recent years,” said Suhanra Conradie, chief executive officer of Summer Citrus from South Africa. “The timing of the 2020 harvest is aligning with the recent increase in demand of citrus due to COVID-19 while offering some of the best in season citrus from South Africa.”
While challenges within the international supply chain are inevitable, the group from South Africa manages supply based on demand with its impressive team of growers, importers, local and global officials as well as logistics and marketing teams.
“In response to our retail partners’ needs based on evolving consumer behaviors, our group is at the ready to be a trusted supplier of citrus starting towards end of May through October,” said Conradie.