Sweeter grapefruit, fewer navels, smaller tangerines hit market

11/07/2013 04:39:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Swords said the fallglos experienced strong early fall retail promotions and the transition to sunbursts in late October should go well.

“This year’s sunbursts are good and have outstanding color,” Swords said in late October. “They are smaller in size, so we will look to push the 3-pound bags of 150s and 120s.”

Those sizings could improve in December, and retailers should consider promoting the 100s and 80s, he said.

In early November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported these prices for 4/5 bushel cartons of Florida citrus arriving in Boston:

For red grapefruit, $28 for 23s, $25-26 for 27s, $23-24 for 32s, $20-21 for 36s, $18-20 for 40s, $16-17 for 48s and $15-16 for 56s.

Last season in mid-October, the USDA reported $30 for 27s, $28-32 for 32s, $26-29 for 36s, $20-24 for 40s, $19-21 for 48s and $17-21 for 56s.

On navel oranges, U.S. No. 1 Florida navels prices were $26 for 40s, $27 for 48s, 56s and 64s, and $25 for 80s.

Last year, U.S. No. 1 Florida navels prices were $24 for 64s, $23-24 for 56s and $23 for 48s.

For tangerines, prices were $22 for 64s, $21-22 for 80s, and $20-21 for 100s compared to last year’s $16-18 for 64s, $26 for 64s, $23-24 for 80s and $20-21 for 100s and 110s.


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