U.S. orange forecast up 1% from March

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — All orange production in the United States for 2007-2008 was forecast at 10,128,000 tons (236,138,000 boxes), up 1% from the March 1 forecast and 33% above 2006-2007 final utilization of 7,626,000 tons (177,280,000 boxes), the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Crop Production report (click here for report).

Florida all-orange production was forecast at 7,583,000 tons (168.5 million 90-lb boxes), up 1% from the previous forecast and 31% above last season’s final utilization of 5,805,000 tons (129 million boxes).

The all-orange forecast for California was 2,456,000 tons (65.5 million 75-lb boxes), up 2% from the previous forecast and 42% above last season’s freeze-reduced production of 1,725,000 tons (46 million boxes).

The Florida frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.63 gallons per box at 42 degrees Brix, unchanged from last month but down from last season’s final yield of 1.65 gallons per box.

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