Grapefruit is a steady performer. Thirty-one percent of shoppers reported that they were likely to make a grapefruit purchase – the same number as last year.
Thanks to the global marketplace, citrus is no longer a seasonal item. As California navel orange supplies wind down, fruit should begin arriving in North America from growing areas in South Africa, Chile and Australia.
Citrus can be a decent-selling item during the summer months, but retailers don’t expect volume to be as high as during the peak winter season.
California growers expect to have a selection of seasonal citrus items available over the next few months, including valencia oranges, grapefruit and a variety of lemons and limes.
Funeral services are scheduled for Barney Greene, 90, a pioneering Florida citrus grower.
The latest estimate of Florida’s citrus crop shows an increase in grapefruit, a small decline in tangerines but no changes in oranges.More Packer Stories for Grapefruit
Market Scope - Grapefruit — F.o.b.s as of June 10
SOUTH AND CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments moderate — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Unofficial prices 7/10-bushel cartons star ruby shippers first grade 27s $14.75-15.80, 32s $12.75-13.80, 36s $9.75-10.80, 40s $9.50-10.55, 48s $8.50-8.80, 56s $7.75-8.30; shippers choice 27s $11.75-12.80, 32s $11.50-12.80, 36s $8.75-9.80, 40s $8.25-9.30, 48s $7.75-8.80, 56s $7.30-7.80; rio red shippers first grade 27s $13.75-14.80, 32s $11.75-12.80, 36s $8.75-9.80, 40s $8.75-9.55, 48s $8.25-8.55, 56s $7.50-7.55. Prices from trade sources. No f.o.b. report issued as of June 10.
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