An Overview of the Citrus Industry of China

Thomas H Spreen, Zhifeng Gao, Fred Gmitter, Robert Norberg


According to production statistics from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, China has surpassed Brazil as the world’s leading citrus producing country. The Florida Department of Citrus commissioned a study by the University of Florida to provide an assessment of the market for citrus products in China with special reference to processed oranges and pummelos. In this paper, preliminary results from that study are presented. These results include the varieties of citrus fruit grown in China, regions of production, trends in imports and exports, and recent developments in the market for orange juice in China.


juice oranges, pummelos, production, exports, imports

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283