Sharp Rise in International Price of Orange Juice

The decline in the U.S. supply caused by the effects of a pest in plantations in Florida, creates opportunities for Central American producers.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

An attack of the yellow dragon disease in plantations in the state of Florida, the second largest supplier of orange juice, caused a decrease in supply resulting in a price increase. While last December the product was trading on the U.S stock market for $1.35 per pound of solids up until last Monday was the price stood at $1.47.

"Current market conditions indicate that the higher prices for orange juice concentrate will remain in the coming years as Florida plantations are not able to easily recover from this blight ... " .

" ... After six years of research the first plots have been made of varieties of oranges, lemons and grapefruits. That will allow producers to sell fruit for table consumption and not for juice, which gives them a much higher income," said Arturo Laso, manager of the National Citrus Program.

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