Oranges make their play in Texas citrus business - The Packer

Oranges make their play in Texas citrus business

11/13/2013 03:37:00 PM
Jim Offner

Texas oranges offer “a little rougher exterior look” caused by wind scarring from steady breezes blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, he said.

“But in general we raise a good-quality orange that will match up with anyone’s,” Holbrook said, noting “it’s what’s on the inside that matters.”

Paramount Citrus, a Delano, Calif.-based grower-shipper that moved into Texas late in 2012 and is working its first full season in the Rio Grande Valley, offers a Texas orange program too, said David Krause, president

“We have a fairly significant orange program down there that came with the deal, and we rather like it,” he said.

Krause described Paramount’s Texas orange program as “somewhat of a niche-type product.”

Grapefruit and other citrus items comprise about half of Paramount’s Texas production, Krause said.

“It’s a very important element of this whole business down there, and we’ll continue with that,” he said.

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