Brazil’s Orange Juice Production and Exports

Josh McGillBrazil, Orange Juice

Production of Brazilian frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ) is forecast at 1.12 million metric tons (MMT) in 2022–23, a drop of 1% from the prior year. The reduction is due to the lower availability of fruit for processing, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS) Brazilian citrus report.


São Paulo is expected to process 268 million boxes (MBx) of oranges for orange juice. That’s composed of 180 MBx for FCOJ and 88 MBx for NFC. Other Brazilian states should deliver 24 MBx of oranges for juice production.

USDA FAS estimates there was an increase of 10% in fruit for NFC processing (88 MBx) for 2021–22 to supply the United States market. USDA FAS added that September’s Hurricane Ian “has hugely devasted the Floridian crop.”

Total Brazilian FCOJ exports for 2022–23 are estimated at 1.04 MMT, similar to the number for 2021–22 (1.06 MMT). The São Paulo industry should contribute 1.01 MT of that total.

NFC exports for 2021–22 are estimated at 310,000 metric tons (MT), an increase of 15% compared to the previous season. The NFC increase will mainly supply the U.S. market due to limited juice availability from Florida as a result of Hurricane Ian.

Overall, cumulative orange juice exports during July–October 2022 are 388,022 MT. That’s an increase of 26,622 MT over the same period in 2021, especially due to increased volume of NFC exports.

Cumulative exports to the United States during July–October 2022 increased over 60% to 112,432 MT, compared to 69,945 MT during July–October 2021. The increase was pushed by the continuous decrease in Florida production.

The European Union remains the largest export destination of Brazilian orange juice, receiving approximately 70% of total exports.

See the full USDA FAS report on Brazilian citrus here.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service

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