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Brazil Has Record Export Sales of Orange Juice

07/17/2018 - 11h08



Thanks to the American marketplace, which was affected by internal supply problems, Brazil closed out the 2017/18 orange harvest with a 29% increase in exports of fruit juice. With this result, the volume shipped was the largest in history.

This according to data from Secex (International Commerce Secretariat) compiled by CitruxBR (National Association of Citrus Juice Exporters), which represents the major firms in the sector.

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Harvest of oranges in Bebedouro(SP)
Harvest of oranges in Bebedouro(SP)

Brazil exported a total of 1.15 million tons of orange juice concentrate compared to 894.6 thousand tons from the previous harvest - the growing season for oranges is from July of one year through June of the next.

315.4 thousand tones were shipped to the United States alone, representing an increase of 83% over the 172.7 thousand tons shipped in the previous cycle year.

This increase was much greater than any recorded for other export market destinations.

The Americans purchased more juice this year for two reasons.

First of all, the country suffered from internal harvest supply problems caused by hurricane Irma, which devastated cities in South Florida and the Caribbean between the 6th and 7th of September of last year, provoking more than 60 deaths.

Major orange growers' fields were destroyed by the effects of the hurricane.

Additionally, the American Market purchased more this year because in the previous cycle year Brazil had exported less due to restrictions due to its own national harvest, which was smaller.

Translated by LLOYD HARDER

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