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.
United Indian River Packers Inc., one of Florida’s oldest and largest citrus growing and packing operations, plans to discontinue growing and packing operations.
Paramount Citrus plans to increase capacity 75% at its Delano, Calif., packinghouse, citing increased demand for the grower-shipper’s mandarins under the Wonderful Halos label.
This year’s Florida peach season begins with increased acreage and more growers.
I write to express deep appreciation to some extraordinary Floridians who have changed the game for Florida’s most iconic product.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is releasing six new citrus varieties.More Packer Stories for Oranges
Market Scope - Oranges – F.o.b.s as of March 3
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA — Shipments moderate — Movement expected about the same. Trading active. Prices shippers first grade 88s, 138s and choice 40-56s slightly higher, others generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel cartons navel shippers first grade 40s mostly $16.80-18.90, 48-72s $17.80-18.90, 88s mostly $18.80-18.90, 113-138s mostly $17.80-19.90; shippers choice 40-48s $14.80-16.90, 56s mostly $15.80-16.90, 72s $15.80-16.90, 88s mostly $16.80-17.90, 113s mostly $17.80-18.40, 138s mostly $17.80-18.90. Organic 7/10-bushel cartons navel shippers first grade 48-72s $24.30-28.90, 88s mostly $24.30-26.90.
FLORIDA — Shipments (66-77-70, includes export 3-2-3) — Prices not reported.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (41-37-38) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading fairly active. Unofficial prices 7/10-bushel cartons valencia U.S. combination 56-138s $15.25-15.35; Texas choice 72-138s $14.10-14.25. Prices from trade sources. No f.o.b. report issued as of March 3 because of supplies in few hands. The f.o.b. report was expected to be re-issued the week of March 10.