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A Morning Without Orange Juice is Like a Day Without Sunshine

  • Citrus has been farmed commercially in Florida since the mid-1800s. The first citrus was brought to the New World in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. In the mid-1500s one of the early Spanish explorers, most likely Ponce de Leon, planted the first orange trees around St. Augustine, Florida.
  • Today it is a $9 billion industry, employing nearly 76,000 Floridians.
  • Florida is second only to Brazil in global orange juice production.
  • Florida produces more than 70 percent of the United States’ supply of citrus, with major overseas export markets including Canada, Japan, France and the U.K.
  • More than 80 percent of America’s orange juice is made from Florida-grown oranges. Nearly 91 percent of Florida citrus is processed into orange and grapefruit juices.
  • In Florida, there are nearly 524,640 acres of citrus groves and more than 68 million citrus trees. Most citrus is grown in the southern two-thirds of the Florida peninsula, where probability for a freeze is lowest.

From: Florida Citrus

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