Fresh Fruit: A Season Summary and Historical Perspective

Dan Citrus, Florida

Almost 10 percent of Florida’s total citrus crop is shipped as fresh fruit from Florida packinghouses each year. In the first two of the accompanying reports, Citrus Administrative Committee Manager Duke Chadwell summarizes fresh fruit shipments during the 2008-09 season. In the other reports, he discusses how the fresh fruit industry has shrunk in a decade, why the season starts later than it used to, and the importance of the export market for grapefruit.