Mexico is the second leading exporter of orange juice after Brazil, Florida Department of Citrus economist Marisa Zansler reported recently. Mexico’s OJ exports increased incrementally in recent seasons in response to the decline in world OJ supplies.
Although a net exporter of orange juice, orange production in Mexico is primarily intended for consumption in the fresh, domestic market. However, favorable prices and supply shortages in the United States over the last decade continue to displace fresh production in favor of the processed export market. Between 80% and 83% of Mexican exports are destined for the U.S. market.
Over the last four seasons, production has been inconsistent due to inclement weather and other unknown factors. Mexico experienced a favorable crop during the 2018-19 season due to good weather and yields. Total supply for oranges during the 2018-19 season was 4.53 million metric tons (equivalent to approximately 111 million 90-pound boxes).