The influence of climate factors on the quality of limes
Our partners’ locations are spread across two different major regions in Brazil, the Nordeste and Sudeste. Sao Paolo, in the southeast, is the main citrus state in Brazil with the highest production of limes, followed by Minas Gerais and Bahia in the NordEste. Each state with its own climate and associated benefits.
- Thanks to the arid climates of the north, the skin of the limes takes on a much greener color. Frequent droughts require regular irrigation, but ultimately fewer chemicals are needed.
- The further from the equator, the smaller the fruits, but they do hang on the trees longer. Due to the regular rainfall, no additional irrigation is required.
OUR LIMES FARM IN BAHIA
Torres Tropical’s own BELLEZA farm is located in the North-East of Brazil, in Bahia, at 105 km of the port of Salvador.
The majority of the space remains protected forest and includes a large biodiversity. Pojuca is surrounded by different rivers and possesses a great concentration of natural gas. To grow, the plants need a constant average temperature around 21-25 degree Celsius. This makes Pojuca an ideal climate with an average temperature of 24 degree.
Pojuca have a Tropical Semi-Arid Monsoon Climate (Köppen: “Am”). The annual rainfall there is 1113 mm. The average temperature is 24 degrees. There is a short dry season with almost no precipitation. Thanks to the great concentration of natural gas and the different rivers surrounding, including the Pojuca river, the soil is very fertile.
OUR PARTNER LIMES SUPPLIER IN MINAS GERAIS
MUNDIAL FRUTAS started to market their limes 8 years ago in the region of Jaiba, state of Minas Gerais, in the southeast of Brazil. The company was founded by Fernando & Gabriela after they settled down in the region. Mundial Frutas focusses on delivering products that meets the European standards, providing high quality that complies with the supermarkets MRL’s. The region of Jaiba lays at an altitude of 475 meters and is characterized by high average temperatures and a dry environment with an average of 600 mm of rain / per year. Mundial Frutas’ farm has a full capacity irrigation system.
(Köppen climate classification: “BSh”) Hot Semi-Arid Steppe Climate with an average temperature of 23 degree.The north of Minas Gerais is part of the Arid Sertão in the North Easth of Brazil, which means it is subject to frequent droughts with an annual rainfall of 600 mm. Thanks to the Jaiba irrigation projects, irrigation uses water from the river, which is possible due to the high rainfall in its source.
OUR PARTNER LIMES SUPPLIER IN SÃO PAOLO
ANDRADE SUN FARMS is a family-based agricultural farm of organic production specialized in limes for over 40 years. Founded by José Carlos Andrade in 1978, it is now managed by the third generation. Located in Mogi Mirim, in the São Paolo state, at an altitude of 600 meters. The area has a very fertile soil, which is the basis of organic work, and is characterized by a tropical climate, mild averages of temperatures throughout the year and the presence of Native Atlantic Forest with a lot of biodiversity. The preservation of bees is encouraged by maintaining hives on organic farms.
The company focusses on a sustainable and organic production including recycling / use of alternative solutions / biological control and integrated pest management. And is based on values that encourage the development and working conditions of their employees and their families improving life quality of their employees through various projects.
With the Köppen climate classification: “Cfa”, Mogi Mirim have a Humid Subtropical Climate. The temperature and rainfall is constant during the year: Warm and temperate with an average of 21 degree, and an annual rainfall of 1537 mm in total.
Torres Tropical have gained a strong position in the market of limes over the years, through strong partnerships accross 3 different states in Brazil.
Due to the different geographical locations with a total distance of about 3000 km and the corresponding different types of climates and soils, we are able to offer a stable program of high-quality limes all year round. Including indirect production, this partnership ensures a total production of 60,000 tons per year.
These sustainable relationships have resulted in, among other things, making our production chain more sustainable and increasing operational efficiency, which in turn gives us enormous flexibility to be able to supply the customer with an end product that meets the high standards of the EU and the MRL- requirements of various European supermarkets. Having our own production facilities in Brazil the whole supply chain is managed by Torres.
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