Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., the fresh division of Oviedo-based A. Duda & Sons Inc., started this season well, said Jason Bedsole, sales manager of Eastern vegetables and citrus.
“We are off to a great start with grapefruit,” he said in mid-October. “The quality coming off the trees is good and deliveries are great. Volumes have been consistent.”
Bedsole said he expected Duda’s orange and tangerine harvesting to begin in mid-October and characterized quality and consistency as strong as well.
Dan Richey, chief executive officer, said the season is shaping up well and said he expects exporters to do better.
“Quality appears to be better than last year,” he said. “Our quality from last year coming off that freeze was a little challenging for the industry. We weren’t able to fill orders. This year, Japan and European markets are void of fruit.”
For grapefruit, the USDA on Oct. 29 reported 4/5 bushel cartons of Texas grapefruit selling for $24.25-24.50 for 27s, $20.25-20.50 for 32s, $16.30-18.25 for 36s, $13.50-14.25 for 40s, $11.50-12.50 for 48s and $8.50-9.30 for 56s.
Last season, the USDA reported those same cartons from Florida in Boston selling for $23 for 23s, $22-23 for 27s, $20-21 for 32s, $18 for 36s, $15 for 40s, $13-14 for 48s and $12 for 56s.
On oranges, the USDA in mid-October reported 4/5 bushel cartons of U.S. No. 1 Florida navels in Boston selling for $24 for 64s, $23-24 for 56s and $23 for 48s. Updated figures were not available at press time.
Last year in mid-October, the USDA reported those same cartons in Boston selling for $20-21 for 64s and $16 for 100s.
For tangerines, 4/5 bushel cartons of Florida fallglos in Boston sold for $16-18 for 64s, $26 for 64s, $23-24 for 80s and $20-21 for 100s and 110s.
In mid-October last year, the USDA reported those same cartons of Florida fallglos in Boston fetching $20 for 64s, $17 for 80s and $16 for 100s.