Carlstadt, NJ, April 17, 2018
Vivian Glueck, President of the Citromax Group of companies, announced that the company will be importing fresh lemon fruit into the United States from the company’s Argentine-based lemon groves, with the first shipments departing Argentina this week and arriving in the US by mid-May.
Ms. Glueck stated, “We are very proud to say that Citromax is the only American-owned lemon producer that is packing and selling lemons into the United States retail market. We are thrilled that the recent lifting of trade restrictions has opened up the US market, and we are moving ahead with bringing the highest quality lemon fruit to American consumers.”
Citromax is the third-largest lemon processor in the world, with more than 13,000 acres of lemon orchards in Tucumán, Argentina. Tucumán is well-known as the largest lemon growing region in the world, with a unique, sub-tropical climate that creates an optimal cultivation setting for lemons.
To support the company’s import activities, Citromax has recently invested more than $250,000 into its lemon packing house in Tucumán. Ms. Glueck noted that, “With the recent enhancements to our facility, we are fully compliant with the rigorous standards for packaging set by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).”
The Argentine lemons will be packed and marketed under one of Citromax’s proprietary brands. The company will be working with key strategic importers, including Seald Sweet/Greenyard, Oppy and Vision Import Group. These importers have been selected to manage commercial distribution across the United States because of their expertise in the market.
Importation of Argentine fresh lemons into the United States has had a long and difficult history. For decades, legislation prohibited importation of Argentine Lemons. In the early 2000s, the market opened briefly, only to be closed again by court order. Now, with the American government’s removal of the restrictions, domestic consumers can enjoy the outstanding freshness and flavor of Tucumán lemons during the peak months of summer consumption. Ms. Glueck added, “Citromax was there when the market opened before, and we are back again now. We plan to support this market for generations to come.”
For additional information, contact Vivian Glueck, President, at the Citromax contact form .
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Citromax, headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, is a vertically integrated lemon grower, processor and fully comprehensive flavor manufacturer. Founded in 1964, Citromax produces high quality lemon products – fresh fruit, lemon oil, juice, and peel – in Tucumán, Argentina. Today, Citromax, is the 3rd largest lemon processor in the world with over 4500 hectares (13000+ acres) of lemon orchards. Citromax is also the largest Organic Lemon producer in the world.
Located in the foothills of the Andes in a unique sub-tropical climate which creates an optimal cultivation setting for lemons, Tucumán, Argentina is the largest lemon growing region in the world, accounting for more than 70% of the world’s lemon products.,
Citromax’s lemon capabilities in Tucumán feature a sustainable cycle of planting, harvesting and processing. Our team of agronomists and scientists utilize the latest innovations and nurture lemon crops to ensure that we only produce the most outstanding fruit, processed lemon oils, extracts, juices and lemon by-products.