The U.S. is the largest exporter by value of fresh grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and orange juice to Canada. Canada is also the top export market for U.S. grapefruit juice and orange juice, as well as the second largest for fresh grapefruit, making it an important shipment destination for the U.S. citrus industry and the Florida Citrus industry in particular. In 2020-21, unfortunately, exports declined due to pandemic and supply related challenges. However, U.S. citrus and Florida Citrus specifically continue to enjoy strong market positioning within the Canadian market.
Overall, Canadian imports of citrus products were mixed in 2020-21. For orange juice, Canada imported $128.6 million from the U.S. in 2020-21, which amounted to 105 million liters.
In terms of grapefruit juice, the U.S. is also the top supplier to the market. Exports from the U.S. totaled 5.9 million liters and $6.3 million in 2020-21. In terms of U.S. market share within the grapefruit juice segment, U.S. origin grapefruit juice commands an impressive 93% of the market. It is followed distantly by Argentina and Mexico at 3.3% and 1.6% respectively.
From Florida specifically, Canada imported $3.9 million worth of fresh grapefruit, a decrease of 25.6% over 2019-20. While exports decreased, this can be largely attributed to low production volumes in Florida due to ongoing issues with citrus greening disease. Even so, the U.S. was the largest supplier of fresh grapefruit to the Canadian market with 30% market share by value, with 31.5% of the U.S. market share by value supplied by Florida, and continues to be the preferred origin.
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