Demand for South African midknight oranges has been so strong, workers unloaded fruit over the weekend at the Holt Terminal in Gloucester City, N.J.

Special arrangements were made between the port and shipper Seatrade to get fruit unloaded quickly and delivered to eager retailers, according to a news release from the Citrusdal, South Africa-based Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum.

Two more shipments of midknights are expected before the 2011 South African citrus season winds down in November, according to the Oct. 25 release.

South African shippers expect to export about 600,000 cartons of midknights, 60,000 cartons more than in 2010. Fruit should be available through mid-November.