Easy-Peel Citrus Gaining Ground in the Americas
Easy-peel citrus, generically known as mandarins, include clementines, tangerines, tangelos, and more. US domestic production and imports have grown considerably in the past decade and easy peelers are on the road to become the most consumed fresh citrus fruit in North America. In South America, exports began to increase in 2017 thanks to greater production from Peru and Chile. This growth is expected to continue in the coming season, but at a slower pace. Challenges on the production side and logistics constraints continue to put pressure on both countries. Nevertheless, demand remains healthy for South American easy peelers in the Americas.