Brazil’s late oranges are sizing larger

Fundecitrus’s revised production forecast puts orange production out of Brazil’s citrus belt at 275.7 million 40.8-kg boxes. The estimate represents an increase of 1 percent from the September forecast, and the change is attributed to larger sizing of late-season oranges, which will offset higher [...]

FCOJ movement up 8 percent from last year

This season’s cumulative FCOJ movement totaled 76.2 million pounds solids (ps) as of Dec. 22, compared to 70.7 million to date last season. Domestic bulk movement accounted for the gain, while domestic retail movement, at 14.9 million ps, was nearly 7 percent lower than [...]

Chinese apple production fell to nine-year low in 2018

USDA estimates China’s 2018/19 apple crop at 31.0 MMT, down 25 percent from 2017/18 due to severe damage from spring frosts, rain, and hail. China is expected to send just 3.0 MMT of apples to processors, down 38 percent year over year. Balancing global [...]

December brings more Florida OJ

Florida orange juice production is ramping up as growers begin to send fruit to the processors. Eight processors were open as of Dec. 3 and are starting to crush field-run fruit; previously, processors had been running eliminations from fresh-market packinghouses. Although processors are reporting [...]

A monk fruit plantation… in India?

Extracted from luo han guo or monk fruit, mogroside compounds can be refined to yield a low-calorie sweetener. The result is a high-intensity alternative sweetener, around 150 to 300 times the sweetness of sugar. Like stevia, the sweetener has a slightly odd flavor that requires some form of flavor remediation. [...]

As U.S. juice consumption falls, apple juice holds more of the market

Americans consumed 5.4 single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons of juice per person in 2017, down 3 percent from 2016 and down 12 percent from five years ago. We have drunk less juice every year since 2013, driven by the decrease in orange juice consumption. Orange juice [...]

Apple juice imports rose ahead of tariff

The 2018/19 marketing year started on a good note for apple juice imports. The U.S. took in 48.9 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons, up 74 percent from July and up 7 percent from August 2017. Apple juice imports had declined for most of 2017/18 in [...]

Florida orange production set to rebound in 2018/19

USDA’s first citrus production report for 2018/19 puts Florida orange production at 79.0 million 90-lb boxes, with early and midseason varieties forecast at 34.0 million boxes and Valencias projected at 45.0 million boxes. This forecast is somewhat higher than the industry was expecting, with [...]