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The seasonal satsuma bottleneck

The short timeframe for satsuma mandarins to be harvested and sold in the fall created a bottleneck of supply around the Thanksgiving holiday in 2022. An excess supply led to a challenge for growers attempting to sell their fruit when demand diminished, according to Kim Jones, who grows and packs citrus in Florida and Georgia.

“The week of Thanksgiving when schools shut down, everything piled up. All the fruit came in at once,” Jones said. “We had to lower the price to get it all sold, but we did get it all sold. We had a tremendous amount pile up there. The coolers were slammed full.” Jones said the fruit started moving again around Dec. 10, and the price picked back up.

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