Production of California navel oranges, mandarins, lemons and meyer lemons is off to an early start at Duda Farm Fresh Foods, the company reports.
The meyer lemons, moreover, have an updated 1-pound grab-and-go bag under Duda’s Dandy label that includes new uses and recipes. That fruit began shipping the last week of October, a week earlier than last year.
“Meyer lemons are one of the last, really seasonal items in the product department and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” said Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager.
The company projects good volume of meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and through March. An online sales kit is available.
Navels were another citrus item starting early.
“The navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said in a news release. “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.” Flavor has been exceptionally sweet, he said.
Duda’s lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes. “We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.
Mandarin size is moderate to slightly larger. “We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” Huckabay said. He expected good volumes from early January into early April.