Kiger said last season went well except for the fruit’s color.
IMG Citrus Inc., began harvesting sunbursts lightly in early November and planned to conduct its first promotions in mid-November.
“This crop will be trending toward the smaller sizes, so we will have to focus on the 3-pound bags,” said Matt Reel, director of sales. “We will see the fruit peak on the 150s and hopefully will see 120s. Sunbursts usually peak on the 120s and in a real good season the 100s.”
Reel characterized quality as high and said brix levels should improve by late November as the weather cools.
He said the fruit’s appearance during early harvesting is strong and said the fruit possesses that characteristic deep orange color.
In mid-November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported these prices for 4/5-bushel cartons of Florida sunburst tangerines arriving in Boston: 80s for $32, 100s for $29 and 125s for $25. Last season in early November, 64s and 80s sold for $28-29, 72s for $29 for, 100s for $27-28, 120s for $25-26 and 150s for $26.