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Citrus Statistics

Production

In the 2016-17 season, nearly 437,000 acres of citrus were grown in Florida, producing 77.9 million boxes of fruit. Of the citrus harvested, 90 percent was processed into juice and the remainder was sold as fresh fruit. In addition to providing juice, processed citrus was used to produce other by-products, such as oils, fragrances, flavorings, and animal feed.

Value

The preliminary on-tree value of the 2016-17 citrus crop is estimated at $800 million. Preliminary value is based on the part of the crop priced at harvest, which accounts for all of the fresh fruit, and about 40 percent of processed fruit.

Employment and Taxes

The citrus industry, directly and indirectly, generates roughly 45,000 full time and part time jobs. In addition to jobs, the industry makes an important contribution to economic activity within Florida each year. The total impact of citrus in Florida’s economy is approximately $8.6 billion a year.

Packing, Processing, and Transportation

Most citrus is trucked to packinghouses or processing plants throughout the state. Approximately 22 citrus packinghouses and 12 citrus processing plants operated in Florida during the 2016-17 season. Eventually, planes, trains, ships, or trucks will transport the juice or fresh fruit to domestic or international markets.

Exports

Though the industry’s most important market is domestic, exports play a major role in the industry’s viability and Florida’s economy. Fresh fruit exports totaled 6.0 million 4/5 bushel cartons, weighing about 45 pounds each, during the 2015-16 season. Canadian shipments account for most exports of Florida oranges and specialty fruit, and Japan receives most of the grapefruit. In addition, 10.4 million gallons of frozen concentrate orange juice (FCOJ) and 1.7 million gallons of frozen concentrate grapefruit juice (FCGJ) were shipped out of the U.S. in 2015-16.