1 de octubre de 2018

Spanish Lemon Forecast 2018 – 2019


Spain strengthens its position as lead supplier in the EU for quantity, quality, and safety of lemons.


Murcia, 28 September, 2018

AILIMPO’s lemon harvest estimate (forecast) for the 2018/2019 season confirms a harvest of 1,300,000 tonnes in Spain.

Regarding varieties of lemon, a slight increase is expected for FINO lemon, and an important increase in the case of VERNA, confirming the preliminary estimates published last month of July.

Start of the Spanish season

The Fino lemon season started the last week of September with harvest and export activity developing gradually during October. The water and the weather are limiting the volumes available with limited quantities of commercial size lemon.

General Outlook

With these figures for the 2018/2019 season, Spain will continue to strengthen its commercial position in the EU, where it has an unquestionable leadership in high-quality lemon, health guarantee, and excellent service.

Moreover, this harvest volume may allow for normal activity in the processing of lemon, in which Spain ranks 2nd in the world, and which plays a key role in regulating supply and market balance.

The fulfilment of field notebooks by growers, accreditation by the GlobalGAP and GRASP certificates, the involvement of the sector in sustainability programmes, and the use of standardised contracts from the Ministry of Agriculture that fulfil Act 12/2013, on measures for improving the operation of the food supply chain, will be some of the essential elements of this season.



Next Update: Ailimpo will update the harvest forecast, with an emphasis on the estimate of Verna lemon, on:

  • Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Note on Methodology:Ailimpo drew up this technical report following the working protocol, using information provided by surveys given to producers, cooperatives, exporters, and processing industries, in addition to field information from its control farms.

Ailimpo is a national inter-professional association, based in Murcia, officially recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and the European Commission, which represents the economic interests of producers, cooperatives, exporters, and lemon and grapefruit industries in Spain, a sector in which Spain is the world leader for fresh product and 2nd in the ranking of processing countries, with a turnover of €688 million per year, generating 19.875 direct jobs, and a turnover of over €250 million in related industries.

The lemon sector contributes to environmental sustainability, with a positive net balance of 304,840 tonnes of CO2 captured per year.

By law, its functions include: Ensuring the proper operation of the food supply chain, Drawing up agri-food contracts and developing methods for monitoring and streamlining the use of phytosanitary products to guarantee the quality of the products and the protection of the environment, and Boosting and promoting quality and excellence standards in the sector