When life gives you a lemon farm, take it and don’t look back. A 121-year-old citrus grower in California reported a 150% jump in global lemon exports from 2011 to 2013, with a majority of those shipments going to Asia and emerging economies.
The Limoneira Company, one of the largest providers of lemons and avocados in the U.S., distributed 3.2 million cartons this year–more than double the 1.4 million cartons it marketed in 2009. A single carton holds more than 1,000 lemons.
“We’re really dealing with record level sales prices,” said Limoneira CEO Howard Edwards. “There’s a perfect storm that’s taking place right into a fortuitous demand driven by promotion of the health benefits of lemons and the great things they can provide.”
The zesty company has seen an increase in demand specifically in South East Asia, where blossoming economies have opened up. Edwards suspects the growth in lemon consumption is a sign of upward mobility in these developing countries. (Read more)