In the United States, orange juice is synonymous with Florida. You may be surprise when you look at the fine print on a bottle of Tropicana and Simply Orange and find that part of the product is from Brazil.
Brazil began the take over of the orange juice production industry in 1962 when frost hurt the orange juice industry in Florida. Over the years, hurricanes also damaged groves in Florida. Orange groves in the last 10 years have decreased 40 percent in Florida.
Major businesses, including Tropicana and Simply Orange saw opportunity in Brazil with excellent growing area along the east coast.
The major orange juice brand in the United States is Tropicana Products (owned by PepsiCo Inc.). Tropicana also has a large presence in Latin America, Europe, and Central Asia. Competing products include Minute Maid (of The Coca-Cola Company) and Florida’s Natural. Tropicana and Simply Orange use a mixture of domestic and foreign stock. Florida’s Natural is a Florida-based agricultural cooperative that only produces orange juice from Florida grown oranges.
Nature’s Nectar orange juice distributed by Aldi Foods, Inc. is produced with oranges from Brazil and the United States.
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