Oranges: Prices Rise As Supply Drops

The projected 16% drop in orange production in the state of Florida in the 2015-16 season will drive up the international price of fruit concentrate.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Department of Agriculture reported that orange production in Florida will be reduced by up to 90 million cases in the 2015-2016 season, 16% less than in the previous season, when 96.8 million cases were produced. 

It is expected that this decline in production will have a direct effect on the international price of orange concentrate, which could even go above the levels reached in early 2014, when the yellow dragon plague took hold in plantations the US. reports that in Costa Rica alone  "... 21,923 hectares of citrus are grown, according to the agricultural statistics bulletin from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock."

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