The increased honey crop should return production to a more normal year, said Al Finch, vice president of sales and marketing for
Diversified Citrus Marketing, the Lake Hamilton-based sales agency that markets for Dundee Citrus Growers Association, Dundee.
During the last couple of years, the groves have produced smaller crops. This season, he said, should be a more normal-bearing year.
Quentin Roe, president of Wm. G. Roe & Sons Inc., said colder than normal weather that struck growing regions in January and
February damaged some groves and thus caused lighter-producing volumes.
“Though there will be some melanose problems, by and large, we are happy with what we’re seeing,” he said.
Melanose is a cosmetic problem that produces small black specks on fruit.
Roe, which began packing fallglo tangerines in early September, follows its fallglo production with robinsons, sunbursts and later, honeys.
Richard Miller, domestic sales manager of Vero Beach-based Premier Citrus Packers Inc., said tangerine demand has been strong during the recent years.
“We have experienced a little more interest,” he said. “It’s a pretty piece of fruit. People are knocking our doors down to get the honeys.”
The fallglo early tangerine crop often overlaps with the start of the sunbursts, which usually run from early November through early January when shippers begin packing honey tangerines.