U.S. orange forecast down 1% from January
February 11, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
WASHINGTON — All orange production in the United States for the 2007-08 season was forecast at 9,922,000 tons (231,135,000 boxes), down 1% from the Jan. 1 forecast but 31% above the 2006-2007 final utilization of 7,590,000 tons (176,280,000 boxes), the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Crop Production report (click here to read report).
Florida all-orange production was forecast at 7,470,000 tons (166 million boxes), down 1% from the previous forecast but 29% higher than last season’s final utilization of 5,805,000 tons (129 million boxes).
The all-orange forecast for California was 2,363,000 tons (63 million boxes), unchanged from the previous forecast and 40% above last season’s production of 1,688,000 tons (45 million boxes).
The Florida frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.62 gallons per box at 42 degrees Brix, up from 1.60 last month but 2% lower than last season’s final yield of 1.65 gallons per box.