UPDATE: Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) ORANGE JUICE

August 16, 2022

RSS Orange Juice sugar levels have been lowered for orders produced out of the Arizona facility starting August 12, 2022.

  • The minimum sugar level for not-from-concentrate (NFC) orange juice produced out of the Arizona facility has been lowered from 11.8 to 11.2 Brix
  • Extended periods of excessive heat have caused re-regreening in this year’s Valencia crop
    • Re-greening occurs during the ripening process as warm temperatures cause the rind to re-absorb chlorophyll
    • The extended warm temperatures cause lower brix levels in Valencia also know as the summertime orange
  • According to the USDA Citrus Crop Estimates, overall orange supplies are down 1.8 million boxes
  • This recipe change (brix content) will be in effect until quality and supply conditions are re-evaluated in January 2023
  • Sugar levels for NFC orange juice produced at the Florida facility remain unchanged at a minimum of 11 Brix
  • Non-RSS retail orange juice requirements range from 10.5 to 10.9 Brix

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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