Last October, for the fourth consecutive month, Brazilian exports of Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ) equivalent increased. This season (July to October/19), Brazil has shipped 390,500 tons of the product to all destinations. This was 19% more than the exports in the same period last year, according to data from Secex. Revenues rose by 8%, totaling US$ 672.27 million.
This result was already expected by agents from the sector, who were based on the needs of bottling plants from the European Union (number one destination for the Brazilian juice) to replenish inventories – it is worth to mention that, last season, national shipments to the EU decreased. This season (2019/20), exports to the EU have already reached 284,300 thousand tons, 25% up compared to the volume shipped between July and October 2018.
Shipments to the United States continue to decrease – between July and October/19, Brazilian exports to the USA decreased 6%, totaling only 53,500 tons, still reflecting the 2018/19 harvest offset in Florida as well as perspectives for a positive scenario in the American state in 2019/20.
EU bottling plants
Brazilian juice exports should continue on the rise in the coming months, due to the higher orange production in the citrus belt (São Paulo and Triângulo Mineiro) and the needs of European bottling plants to replenish inventories. Shipments to the USA, in turn, will depend on the output from Florida.