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 [...]

Strong U.S. cane crops still possible despite challenging weather

Even after the end of Hawaii cane cultivation and some adverse weather in recent months, U.S. cane sugar output could still hit USDA’s forecast of 4.04 million STRV, a 19-year high. Despite poor rains, Florida could reach a two- or three-year high on high [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Florida’s early/midseason oranges show high ratios

USDA published results of the first maturity tests for Florida’s 2018/19 early and midseason oranges and for grapefruit. For early and midseason oranges tested, the 2018/19 solids to acid ratio was lower than in 2017/18 but higher than other recent seasons. Unfinished juice per [...]

Macadamia nuts: A fit for Florida?

Subtropical macadamia nuts originated in Australia, but production has expanded to a number of suitable regions to satisfy rising global demand for mac nutmeat and oil. Young trees require about ten years to achieve commercial yields and then may continue to produce nuts for [...]