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.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sunkist Growers, Valencia, displayed several new packaging options for this year’s citrus season at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.
Seald Sweet International plans to use a contest to highlight its support of breast cancer awareness Oct. 17-19 at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim, Calif.
A trio of citrus and import sales veterans has started Classic Harvest, an importer and grower-shipper of citrus and grapes.
Pro Citrus Network, a Visalia, Calif.-based year-round citrus supplier, is celebrating its 10th business anniversary with a new logo and new packaging.
(UPDATED COVERAGE 4:30 p.m.) The first official season forecast for Florida citrus shows slight declines in navel oranges, grapefruit and tangerines, but valencias are expected to increase the Sunshine State’s total orange production.More Packer Stories for Oranges
Market Scope - Oranges — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 20
SOUTH AND CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments moderate — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel cartons valencia shippers first grade 48s mostly $14.80-16.90, 56s mostly $15.80-16.90, 72s $15.80-18.90, 88s mostly $17.80-18.90, 113s mostly $18.80-20.90, 138s mostly $19.80-21.90; shippers choice 48s $13.80-14.90, 56s mostly $13.80-14.90, 72s mostly $14.80-15.90, 88s mostly $16.80-18.40, 113s mostly $17.80-18.90, 138s mostly $17.80-19.90.
FLORIDA — Shipments (12-20-39, includes export 0-0-1) — Prices not reported.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (10-17-21) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly slow. Unofficial prices 7/10-bushel cartons early varieties (mostly marr) U.S. combination 88-138s $16.95-18.35; Texas choice 88-138s $15.95-17.10. Quality generally good. Prices from trade sources. The first f.o.b. report was expected to be issued by Oct. 24.
CHILE — Imports (30*-47*-8) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 15-kilogram containers navel 36-48s mostly $20, 64s $18, 72s $16, 88s $15-16. Quality good. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 15-kilogram containers navel 40-56s $20-22, 64s $20, 72s $18, 88s $18. Quality good. *revised.
AUSTRALIA — Imports (10*-1-5) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading moderate. Prices 72-88s lower, others unchanged. 16-kilogram cartons navel 36-56s $28-30, 64s $28, 72s $26, 88s $21. Quality good. *revised.
SOUTH AFRICA — Imports (88*-7*-3) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices 40s slightly higher, others unchanged. 15-kilogram containers navel 40s mostly $20, 48-64s $18-20, 72s $16-18, 88s $14-16. Quality good. *revised.