Freeze Causes Rise in Citrus Prices

Florida's chilly weather may have a chilling effect on the wallets of some consumers.

Orange juice prices rose to about 4% to $1.80 per pound on Wednesday. The rise in price has been blamed on the recent cold streak and concern over possible disruption to Florida's citrus supply.
U.S. Agricultural Department expects Florida to produce around 147 million boxes of oranges or 11.7 million tons of citrus. That's up by about 7% from last year. Florida accounts for about 63% of all U.S. citrus production.

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  • by Boycott High Prices on Jan 8, 2012 at 06:52 AM
    This price hike will make consumers buy oranges from California and foreign countries at a cheaper price. Or buy no oranges or juice at all. Save money by eating grapefruit, pinapple, spinach, celery, apples and other fruits and veggies loaded with vitamin C, A and Calcium until the price of orange juice falls again.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    this is news blink your eyes and prices raise on something. that is the american way. if they don't raise the price they lower the size of the container. have a good crop does the price to customer go down?????????
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      by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM in reply to
      Supply and demand will certainly push prices down. The reason that container size has decreased is that consumer studies were done to determine if consumers would rather have the same size container and higher price or same price and smaller container. The overwhelming result of the study was same price/smaller size. You need to take an intro economics course.
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        by chris on Jan 8, 2012 at 03:31 PM in reply to
        Actually the consumer would have prefered to keep the same size container (64oz) at the same price. You need to take a real course on economics.
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          by GV on Jan 9, 2012 at 04:54 AM in reply to chris
          That wasn't one of the choices,stupid.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:00 AM in reply to chris
          Chris - what company produces their product simply to give away?
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        by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:21 AM in reply to
        spoken like a true college student. you need to take a course in real life. try raising a family with cost of everything going up and salaries staying the same.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:00 AM in reply to
          I live in the real world. I work and raise a family. I simply know how money flows and how financial operations work. Over three-quarters of the remarks made on this site have no factual basis, they are simply emotional posts. When a manufacturers costs go up and their stakeholders require the same profit margin then what must be done? The unit revenue must go up. If your salary has stayed the same then you need to find a new job. You have choices just like the manufacturer. Why aren't your family members demanding you maintain your family's margin? You are to blame.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on Jan 8, 2012 at 04:35 AM
    It's the freight brokers that make the prices of the food go up not the manufacuters.
  • by Ruffuse Location: Tallahassee on Jan 8, 2012 at 04:14 AM
    Ron Paul looks like WALTER on JEFF DUNHAM
  • by Luddite Location: Valdosta on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:18 PM
    I call Bull Hockey! This is the mildest winter we've had in a long while. They may have some damage from the freeze, but much less than most years.
  • by chis Location: tally on Jan 7, 2012 at 04:53 PM
    It was just a matter of time before they raised the price. Now they can use the freeze as an excuse. The reduction in the container size (from 64oz to 59oz) hadn't created enough profit. The price of lobbyists has gone up.
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