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Duda kicks off citrus import season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods currently has nationwide availability and promotable volumes for a large variety of items in the summer citrus category.

From premium grapefruit varieties to a selection of oranges and specialty fruits from Florida, California, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Uruguay — including Meyer lemons — Duda is working with retail partners on customized programs to fit specific chain needs.Chilean-navel-orangesChilean Navel oranges on a tree.

“Seasonal weather has the potential to occasionally diminish growing conditions in the United States, which can affect a consumer’s ability to access fresh citrus fruit,” Alberto Cuellar, Duda Farm Fresh Foods director global business development, said in a press release. "As a result, it's temporarily necessary to import these fruits as a means of promoting healthy and happy living, and meeting the needs of American consumers."

“Consumer demand continues to grow for specialty items in citrus such as Meyer lemons, Tangelos, and Cara Cara oranges,” Paul Huckabay, Western citrus sales manager, added in the release. “We have relationships with the best growers around the globe to provide the quality and taste experience that consumers want.”

This summer, availability and quality is good for Satsumas and Minneolas from Peru. In addition, the Chilean citrus season started a week earlier than last year for the summer clementine crop. The continued drought conditions in the northern growing region have helped with higher sugars in the early fruit.

According to the release, this summer is the first commercial season that the U.S. gained approval for import of citrus from Uruguay. With increased export volumes of Uruguayan citrus, it is now a reliable source for citrus products from March to October.

Duda is supporting this summer's sales with data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.