Global Citrus Production Is Up in All Categories

Josh McGillInternational, Production

Brazil, China and Mexico are the top producers.

Brazil easily continues to lead the world in orange and orange juice (OJ) production, while China dominates in production of tangerines/mandarins and grapefruit. Mexico remains the leading producer of lemons and limes. These facts come from a July report on world citrus issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Global orange production for 2021–22 is estimated at 49 million metric tons (MMT), up 1.8 MMT from the previous year. Favorable weather in Brazil and Turkey led to larger crops that more than offset lower production in Egypt, the European Union (EU) and the United States.

Leading orange producers are Brazil (16.9 MMT), China (7.6 MMT), the European Union (6.1 MMT), Mexico (4.3 MMT) and the United States (3.5 MMT).

OJ production for 2021–22 is forecast 12% higher to 1.6 MMT. Higher production in Brazil and Mexico is expected to more than offset United States and EU declines.

Leading OJ producers are Brazil (1.1 MMT), United States (190,000 metric tons), Mexico (170,000 metric tons), European Union (62,000 metric tons) and South Africa (28,000 metric tons).

Production for 2021–22 is estimated up 2 MMT to 37.2 MMT with growth in China expected to more than offset declines in the United States and the European Union.

The top five tangerine/mandarin producers are China (27 MMT), European Union (3.2 MMT), Turkey (1.8 MMT), Morocco (1.4 MMT) and Japan (924,000 metric tons). The United States is sixth at 758,000 metric tons.

Production in 2021–22 is estimated up 4% to a record 7 MMT due to favorable weather and expanded area in China.

China is the leading producer at 5.2 MMT, followed by Mexico (534,000 metric tons), South Africa (380,000 metric tons), United States (336,000 metric tons) and Turkey (249,000 metric tons).

Production in 2021–22 is forecast up 6% to a record 9.7 MMT due to higher production in Argentina, Mexico, Turkey and the United States.

Mexico is the leading producer at 3.2 MMT, followed by Argentina (1.9 MMT), European Union (1.6 MMT), Turkey (1.3 MMT) and the United States (882,000 metric tons).

Source: United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service

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