Higher-quality Sunshine State citrus forecast

11/26/2013 10:42:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Dan Richey, chief executive officer of Riverfront Groves LLC, said growers are harvesting high grapefruit quality.

“For the eating quality of this crop, the flavor is excellent and far surpasses what we had last year,” he said in early November. “The consumer will get a fair value and will definitely be satisfied with the product they’re getting because of its very good internal quality.”

On tangerines, grower-shippers in early November transitioned from the early season fallglos to the sunbursts.

“We are experiencing high demand for tangerines,” said Steve Kiral, fresh fruit sales manager for Uncle Matt’s Organic Inc., Clermont. “The supply should remain as good as we’ve had in any past season here, and hopefully consumer demand will remain strong.”

Buyers should expect slightly higher f.o.b.s this season, said Dave Brocksmith, Florida citrus manager for Seald Sweet International.

“We are looking for a solid season,” he said. “Where it costs us $1,000 an acre to grow citrus, those costs in some areas are $2,500-plus an acre. For the grower to continue to exist, he will have to gain higher prices.”


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