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UPDATE: Oranges

September 09, 2015


Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Oranges are limited; packer label is being substituted as needed. Quality is fair to good. Stronger demand and tighter supplies of 113-count and smaller fruit continue to push prices upward. The Valencia season is winding down, demand exceeds supplies; fruit will be on the market through late September.


California Valencia Oranges

  • MFC and ESS Oranges are limited; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • Demand exceeds supply for 88-count and smaller oranges
  • Sugar levels range from 12.5 to 13.5 Brix
  • Persistently high Central Valley temperatures are causing re-greening
    • Chlorophyll levels are highest during the summer months
    • Increased chlorophyll levels cause orange skin to re-green
    • Gassing fruit is required 24 hours prior to packing
  • The new crop California Navel harvest will begin in early to mid-October
    • Early size estimates predict a small-size crop dominated by 113-count and smaller fruit
    • Sugar levels must be at eight Brix before fruit can be harvested



  • Australian, Chilean, and South African Navel oranges are on the market
    • Product is available for loading on the East Coast
    • Limited quantities of Australian and Chilean Navels are loading on the West Coast
    • Supplies will be available through mid-October
  • Quality is good: flavor is sweet
    • Australian sugar levels range from 11 to 13 Brix
    • Chilean Navel sugar levels vary from 11 to 12 Brix
    • South African Navel sugar levels range from 11 to 13 Brix
  • Available supplies are dominated by 88-count and larger fruit
  • Prices are higher than those for California Valencias


Texas Oranges

  • The new crop Texas orange season will begin later this week
    • Fruit will be available for loading in South Texas by September 16
    • Volume levels are expected by the week of September 28
    • Size is averaging 88- to 113-count fruit
    • Sugar levels vary from 9.5 to 10
  • Both combo and choice grade fruit will be available
    • Combo grade – outer appearance is comparable to a rough California choice
    • Choice grade – more cosmetic scarring than combo grade fruit
  • Prices will start high, but level out by mid- to late October


Florida Navels

  • The new crop Florida Navel season is anticipated to start over the next six weeks
  • Fruit size is still under review
  • Internal pulp will be medium to deep orange; fruit will be seedless
  • The Florida season will run through December


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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