US market welcomes lemons from Argentina after 17 years of hiatus
With the production challenges faced by US market — such as weather, labor and urban sprawl — US has opened its doors to Argentine lemons again. This week, New Jersey’s Vision Import Group, LLC will be receiving the first shipments of the said commodity.
According to a report from FreshPlaza, the first port of entry for Argentine lemons will be the Northeast and Vision will distribute through its cold storage facility in New Jersey.
“Because the first year we will have only a moderate program, we will more than likely sell closer to our distribution point,” said Ronnie Cohen of Vision Import Group. “In the future, I know there will be more options to ports of entry.”
Vision Import Group’s lemons will be available year-round.
Additional to the current range of year-round commodities that include limes, mangoes, pineapples and plantains.
“I know Argentina will be very cautious this first year to make sure all fruit will be received perfect and will keep overall volumes to a minimum as they look to the long term. The significance will not be realized this season, but I predict they will become an important and integral supplier to the US market in the near future,” Cohen said.
Argentina complements Vision’s Mexican and Spanish campaigns that cover the rest of the year.