Favorable perception of fresh fruit lifts its availability

One indicator of fresh fruit demand in the U.S. is overall fruit availability. Aside from bananas, melons, apples, and oranges, overall availability of fruit in the U.S. has increased by 25 percent between 2007 and 2017. Today, pineapples, grapes, strawberries, and avocados (technically a [...]

Dispatches from the fight against citrus greening

APHIS expands quarantine areas: In August, USDA’s APHIS announced the expansion of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) quarantines in California, Texas, and Louisiana. On Sep. 18, APHIS announced a psyllid quarantine area in Nevada’s Clark County. The map below shows Asian citrus psyllid and [...]

July’s AJC imports lowest since 2011

The U.S. imported just 20.2 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons of apple juice in July, a notably small volume for the last month of the marketing year and the lowest for any month since 13.1 million SSE gallon in November 2011. Despite the drop in [...]

2019/20 first citrus maturity tests

Today USDA published results of the first maturity tests for Florida’s 2019/20 early and midseason oranges and for grapefruit. Results were based on samples taken Aug. 26-27 and processed in USDA labs on Aug. 28-29. For early and midseason oranges tested, the average 2019/20 [...]

AJC imports dropped sharply in June

Apple juice imports in June were just 27.4 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons, down almost a third from import volume during June 2018. Cumulative 2018/19 imports were 439.0 million SSE gallons, down 6 percent from Aug-Jun 2017/18. Since January, imports from European origins have supplied [...]

Mexico’s FCOJ production rebounded in 2018/19

Mexico’s orange production rose 2 percent in 2018/19 vs. the previous season, allowing processors to increase juice production 8 percent year over year. Mexican orange juice processors produced an estimated 210,000 MT of 65˚ Brix FCOJ equivalent this season, up 8 percent from 2017/18 [...]

Lower juice imports this year

This year, U.S. imports of the major juices (orange, apple, grape, and pineapple) totaled 515.1 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons, down 7.5 percent from Jan-May 2018. Total imports were lower each month this year, due in part to the decline in orange juice imports as [...]