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DNE World Fruit enjoying strong summer citrus program

“We expect our summer citrus season to wrap up in mid-November with South African Midknights and late mandarins,” said Dan Schatz, general manager for DNE World Fruit LLC, headquartered in Fort Pierce, FL. “In the meantime, we’re in full swing with our other summer citrus programs.”

Schatz joined DNE in early July. The appointment was announced in a press release dated July 9, where Mark Hanks, vice president of sales, marketing and operations for DNE said, “Dan graduated from Cornell University with a degree in economics and received his master’s in finance from Columbia University. He brings to DNE extensive sales and marketing experience from Kraft, Pepsi US, and AC Nielsen.”

Hanks added that Schatz and his wife, Ilene, have relocated to the Fort Pierce area.

Schatz said that the company’s clementines are available from June through August.

3lb-SA-Navel-Bag-small-fileDNE World Fruit’s three-pound South African navel orange bag.“Chilean clementines are available from June through August, and South African clementines were running from mid-June through July,” he said. “Clementines are available in cartons and two, three- and five-pound bags.”

DNE’s navel orange program runs from mid-June through October. Its South African navels are available from mid-June through September, while Chilean and Australian navels are available from July through October. DNE’s navel oranges are available in cartons and in three-, four- and five-pound bags.

Schatz said the company’s Cara Cara oranges are available from mid-July through mid-September.

“South African Cara Caras are available from mid-July through August, and Australian Cara Caras run from August through mid-September,” he noted. “Cara Caras are available in cartons and three-pound bags.”

“Our Daisy mandarins from Australia are available in July and August,” Schatz continued. “Daisy Mandarins are available in 10- kilogram cartons.”

DNE’s extensive line of summer citrus also includes minneolas, which come from Australia and Peru from mid-July through September. Minneoloas are available in 10-kilogram cartons and two- and three-pound bags.

The company’s blood orange program comes from Australia, and runs from September through early October. Blood oranges are available in 10-kilogram cartons.

“Midnight oranges from South Africa will be available in mid-September, and the program runs through mid-November,” said Schatz. “They are shipped in standard cartons and three- and five-pound bags.”

He also noted that late season mandarins will be available from early September through October.  South African mandarins will begin in early September and run through October, while Chilean, Australian and Peruvian late mandarins will be available mid- to late-September through October.

DNE’s summer citrus lemon programs run from late June through December. Chilean lemons run from the end of June through August, and its Mexican lemons run from July through December. The company’s lemons are available in standard cartons and in two-, three- and five-pound bags.

“Mexican Lemons are starting almost a month later than previous seasons due to the dry weather,” said Schatz. “Because of the weather the fruit has not sized, which will mean a slower start. The anticipated rainy season begins in mid- September and should allow for a gradual increase in sizing.”

DNE’s primary outlet for summer citrus is the retail sector.

“But we also sell to wholesalers, retail brokers and foodservice operations,” said Schatz. “Retailers look at summer imports as an incremental citrus category growth opportunity by extending it year-round. With such widely accepted items as clementines and navels, summer citrus has become a staple produce item and continues to grow each year.”

DNE World Fruit distributes summer citrus throughout the United States, and to some Caribbean countries. Schatz also noted that DNE has added a new bagging machine at its World Pack facility for packing “d-wrap” and “combo” bags.