U.S. orange forecast up 2% from December

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — All orange production in the United States for the 2007-08 season was forecast at 10,012,000 tons (233,135,000 boxes), up 2% from the Dec. 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 7,560,000 tons (168,000,000 boxes), unchanged from the previous forecast but 30% higher than last season’s production of 5,805,000 tons (129 million boxes).

The all orange forecast for California was 2,363,000 tons (63 million boxes), up 9% from the October 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 1.60 gallons per box at 42 degrees Brix, down 3% from last season’s final yield of 1.65 gallons per box.

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