Vol 120 (2007): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society

The projected impact of citrus greening in Sao Paulo and Florida on processed orange production and price

Thomas H. Spreen
University of Florida
Published December 1, 2007
  • citrus marketing,
  • production trends,
  • price forecast


After the near record crop of the 2003-04 season, the citrus industries of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Florida have witnessed a number of events that have powerful implications for citrus production in both regions. These events include the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 that destroyed and damaged millions of citrus trees in Florida. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, the world's largest citrus producing area, a number of factors have been combined to limit citrus production, primarily sweet orange production intended for the processing sector. A key factor likely to affect citrus production in both regions is the presence of citrus greening. In this paper, the likely impact of citrus greening on orange production in Florida and Sao Paulo is considered along with price projections for processed oranges.