Frutas y HortalizasFeb. 3, 2022
Cítricos/EE.UU: Estado de Florida se prepara para la cosecha de naranjas más baja desde el año 1945
The next grocery item families could see skyrocketing in price: Florida orange juice.
The state’s orange crop will be the smallest since World War II, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report earlier this month. And the threats to Florida’s “liquid gold” continue: Weather forecasters predict this weekend’s freezing temperatures in Florida will further hurt the season’s crop.
Florida is the country’s largest producer of juice oranges, at its peak producing 244 million boxes of oranges annually. This year, the USDA predicts that will fall to only 44.5 million.
Demand for orange juice had cooled in recent years as consumers became concerned about the amount of sugar in fruit juices.
But covid brought it back.
Demand during the pandemic has shot sales to levels not seen since 2016, said Mike Sparks, executive director of Florida Citrus Mutual, a trade group representing thousands of growers. And prices have risen throughout the pandemic as each successive wave of the virus has increased consumers’ demand for products high in vitamin C, believed to be beneficial in warding off viruses.
USDA report here: https://chilealimentos.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/cit0122.pdf
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