FCOJ market sees seasonal runup?

May-19 FCOJ futures have turned higher: Last week, the contract gained over 7 cents Monday and Tuesday during active trade. After a short pause last Wednesday, the market has continued to climb in the four trading days since, settling near a three-month high yesterday. [...]

U.S. AJC imports rebounded in November

With import/export volumes being reported again, we now know that the U.S. imported over 5.5 million gallons of 70˚ Brix apple juice concentrate in November, up more than 15 percent from the small volumes imported in September and October but still below levels seen [...]

Florida orange production still at 77 million boxes

USDA held Florida orange production at 77.0 million 90-lb boxes in today’s production report: 32.0 million boxes of early-midseason oranges and 45.0 million boxes of Valencias. A couple forecast components shifted a bit but not enough to change box count. The drop rate for [...]

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. [...]