Mexico leading lemon and lime producer and exporter
The processing (juice, essential oils) and food industries have been absorbing more and more lemon quantities.
Consumption has increased due to their more frequent introduction in low-calorie diets and their use by great chefs.
According to Informatore Agrario (no. 13/2017, page 30), recent USDA data showed an increase in the 2017 global lemon and lime production, which reached 7,252,000 tons against the 7,005,000 of the previous season.
This was due mostly to the good weather conditions in the EU, especially in Spain, Italy and Greece, and to the drop in production in Argentina, Turkey and the U.S.
Main producer, exporter and importer countries
Mexico is the leading lemon and lime producer (2.4 million tons), followed by the EU (1.55 million tons), Argentina (782 thousand tons) and Turkey (640 thousand tons).
On a global level, most of the produce is destined to fresh consumption (approx. 5 million tons). Two million tons were destined to industrial processing this season, a slight increase compared to the previous campaign.
The main exporters are: Mexico (630 thousand tons), Turkey (425 thousand tons), Argentina (280 thousand tons), South Africa (245 thousand tons) and United States (115 thousand tons).
The main importers are: United States (640 thousand tons), EU (400 thousand tons) and Russia (190 thousand tons). ■
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