Due to the low quality of oranges in this crop beginning (basically early and mid-season varieties), growers reduced the harvesting in orchards from Sao Paulo state in the end of April. In this context, domestic trades moved slowly during the month. From March 31st and April 30th, the hamlin variety decreased 17.2 percent in Real, averaging 9.78 reals or 5.89 dollars per box of 40.8 kilos, in tree, on Apr 30th.
In Florida, orange juice inventories held by processors should reach the highest level in the 2007/08 crop, since hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. According to the Agricultural Market Research Center, at the University of Florida, ending stocks are estimated to increase 64.5 percent compared to the previous crop (2006/07). It corresponds at approximately 420 thousand tons. Before the hurricanes, in the 2003/04 crop, ending stocks totaled roughly 560 thousand tons.
Rising orange juice inventories this year in Florida are linked to the higher volume of processed fruit (of around 32 percent) and to juice imports that have enlarged 9.4 percent, compared to last year. Moreover, lower trades in the North-American market, of roughly 3 percent, have also reinforced this scenario. For the next week (2008/09), in turn, the higher production should reduce imports of the United States. (Cepea - Brazil)