UPDATE: CALIFORNIA ORANGE TRANSITION

October 15, 2021

The California Valencia season is coming to an end. Supplies of 113- to 138-count fruit are tightening. California’s Navel season has begun in a limited way.

Valencia

  • California Valencia supplies are expected to ship through the week of October 18
  • Quality has deteriorated; heat from last summer, lack of water, and necessary gassing are taking a toll on fruit
  • Current stocks are dominated by 56- and 72-count sizes, with choice grade fruit most prevalent
  • Small-size fruit (113- to 138-count oranges) will be extremely limited for the rest of the Valencia season
  • Sugar levels are at 16 Brix; high sugar levels such as this typically result in a shorter shelf-life
  • Expect prices for small sizes to increase

Navel

  • The California Navel harvest has begun; volume will ramp up over the next three to four weeks
  • Current stocks are dominated by 88- and 113-count sizes, mainly fancy grade fruit
  • Sugar levels range from 11.5 to 12 Brix
  • 80% of the Navels being packed are fancy grade oranges at this time
  • The early variety fruit requires gassing for 72+ hours to degreen fruit
  • Expect prices for large sizes to increase

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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