U.S. orange forecast up 1% from February
March 12, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
WASHINGTON — All orange production in the United States for the 2007-2008 season was forecast at 10,004,000 tons (233,135,000 boxes), up 1% from the Feb. 1 forecast and 32% above the 2006-2007 final utilization of 7,589,000 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 7,515,000 tons (167 million boxes), up 1% from the previous forecast and 29% higher than last season’s final utilization of 5,805,000 tons (129 million boxes).
The all-orange forecast for California was 2,400,000 tons (64 million boxes), up 2% from the previous forecast and 42% above last season’s production of 1,688,000 tons (45 million boxes).
The Florida frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.63 gallons per box at 42 degrees Brix, up from 1.62 gallons last month but down from last season’s final yield of 1.65 gallons.