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.
Growers and packers instrumental in shaping Florida’s citrus industry are the latest round of inductees into the Sunshine State’s citrus hall of fame.
The latest survey shows the Sunshine State’s citrus production remains unchanged across all varieties except for the specialty fruit or tangerines and tangelos.
The purchase of a trio of citrus growing operations expands the citrus holdings of Alico Inc., a large Florida agribusiness and citrus and vegetable grower.
The Arizona Department of Agriculture has quarantined two new parts of the state because of Asian citrus psyllid and has warned residents about shipping citrus fruit and citrus trees.
A better spring bloom is bringing sweeter fruit and Florida citrus growers are looking for a better season than last year.More Packer Stories for Grapefruit
Market Scope - Grapefruit — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
FLORIDA — Shipments (148-132-201, includes export 81-67-86) — Prices not reported.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (74-80-78) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 7/10-bushel cartons marked rio star fancy 23-27s $15.95-18.35, 32s $14.95-16.50, 36s $13.95-14.50, 40s $10.35-11.95, 48s $9.35-9.95, 56s $7.35-7.95; Texas choice 23-27s mostly $11.95, 32s $10.95-12.25, 36s $10.10-10.95, 40s $9.10-9.95, 48s $7.90-8.25, 56s $6.10-6.95. Quality generally good.