IMG Citrus is celebrating 40 years in business, starting as a 72-acre farm that’s transformed to a vertically integrated grower, packer and shipper that recently added 4,000 acres of Florida grapefruit.
California growers are expected to produce 80 million cartons of navel oranges during the 2018-19 season, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s an 11% increase over last year.
Florida’s orange volume should be about 77 million 90-pound box equivalents, most of which will go to processing, said Andrew Meadows, director of communications for Lakeland-based Florida Citrus Mutual.
Faced with a drought that threatened residential water supplies in the Western Cape, Summer Citrus from South Africa says technology, innovation and best practices ensured citrus growers will have a prosperous season.