Now, just about every variety’s selling season has been stretched on both ends, thanks to quality imports, more growers, better growing operations and increased distribution. (Photo courtesy of Newport Avenue Market)
“It’s no longer seasonal. Imports have changed that,” said Tommy Wilkins, director of produce procurement at 50-unit United Supermarkets, Lubbock, Texas.
(Photo courtesy of United Supermarkets)
New citrus varieties and subcategories of subcategories are attracting attention. (Photo courtesy of K-VA-T)
At upscale Newport Avenue Market in Bend, Ore., navel oranges are presented with honey crisp apples and other fall fruits, arranged on a middle-of-the-floor display that includes a full-sized, real tractor. (Photo courtesy of Newport Avenue Market)
United Supermarkets’ Wilkins said the variety of product United offers now is double what it was five years ago. And other retailers told SN that their variety had at least increased by a third in that length of time. (Photo courtesy of United Supermarkets)
Meyer lemons, tangerines and satsumas take center stage at Rouses this week. (Photo courtesy of Rouses Markets/Frank Aymami)
Buyers see a bright future for citrus sales thanks to new varieties and a plentiful supply.
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