For MY 2016/17 EU-28 citrus production is projected to reach 10.867 MMT, 1.4 percent lower than the previous estimates and a decline of almost one percent when compared to MY 2015/16. This decline is due to the citrus tristeza virus (CTV) affecting Italian citrus groves. Spanish citrus production increased due to favorable weather conditions and offset some of the Italian losses. In addition, EU-28 grapefruit production is continuing the downward trend we’ve seen over the past few years. About 75 percent of EU-28 grapefruit consumption is supplied by imports. EU grapefruit imports from the United States were reduced by 14 percent compared to previous year, following a downward trend in the five last years. To compensate for the loss of the Russian market, the EU-28, led by Spanish producers, has reoriented their citrus exports to new markets such as Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and China.
EU-28: Citrus Semi-annual