Nevertheless, he said the new standard is a good idea.
“If it gives the consumer a better early-on experience and allows the retailers to move more product early, it’s good for everybody,” Galone said.
Robert LoBue, farm manager and a co-owner of LoBue Citrus, Lindsay, Calif., agreed.
“It will make sure the flavor is better,” he said.
“That’s what we have to do ― give the consumer a better experience because we have to compete with mandarins. And they have a better flavor at that time of year.”
As the start of the navel nears, LoBue Citrus will be “very engaged in terms of educating the trade on what this means for their business and ours,” said Rick Osterhues, vice president of sales and marketing.