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.
Sutherland Produce Sales Inc. has kicked off its organic citrus deals.
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.More Packer Stories for Oranges
Market Scope - Oranges — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA — Shipments moderate — Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading active. Prices generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel cartons navel shippers first grade 48-56s $22.80-24.90, 72s $19.80-20.90, 88s $14.80-15.90, 113s $12.40-13.40, 138s $10.40-11.90; shippers choice 48-56s $16.80-17.90, 72s $15.80-16.90, 88s $13.80-14.40, 113s $11.80-12.40, 138s $9.80-10.40.
FLORIDA — Shipments (118-102-164, includes export 2-3-3) — Prices not reported.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (49-39-41) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel cartons navel U.S. combination 48s mostly $13.95, 56-88s mostly $13.95-14.50, 113-138s mostly $13.95; Texas choice 48-138s mostly $12.95. Early varieties (mostly marr) U.S. combination 64-138s mostly $12.95; Texas choice 64-88s mostly $11.95, 113-138s $10.95-11.95. Quality generally good.