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Ocean Spray optimistic despite slow start to Fla. grapefruit harvest

The grapefruit season is off to a slow start, but so far, the quality is good, and growers are optimistic the citrus harvest will pick up, said Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., the Lakeville-Middleborough cooperative perhaps best known for its and juice-blend lines.

Although many members of the Ocean Spray cooperative are cranberry growers, the cooperative also includes grapefruit growers in Florida.

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Ocean Spray said in a release that its grapefruit growers expect the Florida grapefruit season to run from October through April. The grapefruit will primarily support both Ocean Spray’s Ruby Red and 100 Percent Juice Lines, the cooperative said. The cooperative has receiving facilities in Vero Beach, Fla. Growers expect to deliver 1.6 million boxes of fruit to the cooperative this season. They delivered over 2 million boxes the previous season.

In fiscal 2013, Ocean Spray said it posted gross sales of $2.2 billion and net proceeds of $380 million. 

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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