“Last year, hurricane Irma caused a lot of damage in Florida. Tropical storms rarely affect the interior, but at the time, Irma also wreaked havoc on the grapefruit plantations. We’ll be feeling the consequences of this due to a lower production, resulting in less supply, this season,” says Cédric Geens of importer W. Jonckheere. “We expect 50 per cent less volume until the new year, which will also affect prices. Florida grapefruit has a very strong domestic market, but also a very strong export market. Because of this, exporters can easily get good prices for their products elsewhere.”
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