Two-thirds of all consumers purchased oranges in the past year, up two percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012. The citrus was the fifth-most popular fruit this year, up from No. 6 last year.
California citrus growers expected an eighth consecutive night of cold temperatures Dec. 10, with some warming above critical levels forecast to start the next day.
The season’s latest Florida citrus forecast shows continuing production declines across all varieties of oranges, grapefruit and tangerines.
California citrus growers got somewhat of a reprieve from extremely low temperatures the first part of the weekend, but mandarin and navel crops were likely damaged the night of Dec. 8-9, the sixth night in a row growers battled freezing conditions.
California citrus growers endured another night of low temperatures Dec.5-6, and more cold is on the way.
California’s mandarin and navel orange crops were damaged by a cold blast that sent temperatures into the low 20s in some spots Dec. 5, but the extent of losses may not be known for three to four weeks.More Packer Stories for Oranges
Market Scope - Market Scope - Oranges — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 9
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA — Shipments moderate — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices 113s generally unchanged, others slightly lower. 7/10-bushel cartons navel shippers first grade 48-56s mostly $16.80-17.90, 72s $14.80-15.90, 88s $12.80-13.90, 113s $13.80-15.90, 138s $12.80-14.90; shippers choice 48-56s $10.80-12.90, 72s mostly $11.80-12.90, 88s mostly $11.80-13.90, 113s mostly $12.80-13.90, 138s $12.80-13.90. Organic 7/10-bushel cartons navel shippers first grade 48-72s mostly $22.30-24.90, 88s mostly $20.30-23.90.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (31-38-44) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly active, late active. Prices generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel cartons navel (light supplies) U.S. combination 48-113s mostly $14.50-14.90, 138s mostly $14-14.90; Texas choice 48-56s $13.10-13.90, 72-113s mostly $13.50-13.90, 138s $13.10-13.90; early varieties (mostly marr) U.S. combination 56-64s mostly $14.50-14.90, 72-113s $13.90-14.50, 138s mostly $13.90-14; Texas choice 56-113s mostly $13.50-13.90, 138s mostly $13.10-13.90.
FLORIDA — Shipments (131-122-137, includes export 16-10-10) — Prices not reported.