26 de septiembre de 2019

AILIMPO starts the Spanish lemon season 2019/20 with a total crop of 1,110,000 tonnes.


Spain goes back to normal crop figures after a record season last year. No doubt that Spain will consolidate its position as the leading sustainable supplier in the EU in terms of quantity, quality and food safety.

Murcia, 26 September 2019

The AILIMPO lemon crop estimate for the 2019/2020 season confirms the initial figures released in June (1,110,000 tons.)

A global decrease of 15% is expected (-11% in the case of FINO and -24% for VERNA), going back to normal volumes after the record crop achieved last year.

No global damage to crop forecast reported as a result of mid-September storms. 

Beginning of the Spanish season

 The FINO Lemon season has just began and will progressively develop to enter full rhythm during October, with good quality and size fruit.


With these figures for the 2019/2020 campaign, Spain will continue to consolidate its commercial position in Europe, maintaining unquestionable leadership with quality lemon and excellent service. Spain will also continue to be present in third countries such as Canada, the United States and the Middle East among others.

As far as the processing is concerned, it is estimated that from 20% to 25% of the crop will be processed, an activity in which Spain ranks 2nd in the world, with a wide range of juices, essential oil and dehydrated peel.

Accreditation of GlobalGAP and GRASP certifications, the sector’s involvement in sustainability programmes and the use of standard contracts approved by the Ministry of Agriculture to comply with Law 12/2013 on measures to improve the functioning of the food chain will be some of the key elements of this season

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

  • Thursday, 30 January, 2020

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 €700 million per year, generating 20,000 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