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 Florida’s juice production recovered from 2017/18’s sharp loss after Hurricane Irma.
However, Jan-May apple juice imports were 19.3 million SSE gallons below AJ imports a year ago. A 6.1 million gallon increase in grape juice imports offset part of the loss in AJ supply. Grape juice was the only import type to show a YOY increase, up 53 percent, thanks to white GJ being an affordable substitute for AJ this year.
Imports of orange juice and apple juice, 2018 vs. 2019
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