U.S. orange forecast down 10% from last season

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — For the 2008-2009 season, all-orange production in the United States was estimated at 9,149,000 tons (210,750,000 boxes), down slightly from the initial October forecast of 9,194,000 tons (211,750,000 boxes) and down 10% from the 2007-2008 final utilization of 10,167,000 tons (236,814,000 boxes), the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Crop Production report.

Florida all-orange production was forecast at 7,425,000 tons (165 million boxes) down less than 1% from 7,470,000 tons (166 million boxes) in October and down 3% from last season’s final utilization of 7,659,000 tons (170.2 million boxes).

The all-orange forecast for California was 1,650,000 tons (44 million boxes), unchanged from the previous forecast but down 32% from last season’s production of 2,419,000 tons (64.5 million boxes).

The Florida frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.58 gallons per box at 42 degrees Brix, down 1% from October and down 6% from last season’s final yield of 1.67 gallons per box.

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