(UPDATED COVERAGE, June 25) An operating merger between two Indian River citrus companies could make Greene River Packing one of the state’s largest citrus packers.
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — The latest forecast shows continuing production declines for Florida oranges.
TULARE, Calif. — The confirmation May 22 that three Asian citrus psyllids were trapped in the San Joaquin Valley drove home the point that the citrus pest is expanding its presence in the state’s largest citrus-producing region.
In a reversal of months-long crop reductions due to fruit drop, Florida’s orange crop estimate actually increased slightly in May to 110.3 million 90-pound boxes from 110 million boxes the previous month, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
(UPDATED COVERAGE 2:45 p.m.) Bobby Bawcum, president of the Dundee, Fla.-based Florida Classic Growers, is planning to retire at the end of May, and the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, Al Finch, will immediately succeed him.More Packer Stories for Tangelos
Market Scope - Tangelos — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 22
PERU — Imports (2-2-0) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same as Sept. 8-21. Ports of entry: Philadelphia and New York. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT. Port of entry: Southern California. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 10-kilogram containers, minneola 35-54s $12-14. Quality good. *revised.
AUSTRALIA — Imports (0-0-0) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 10-kilogram containers, minneola 36-55s $20-22, 65s $18-20. Quality good.