US: Citrus harvesting season gaining speed

With Tropical Storm Noel on a track to spare Florida a late season slap, the state’s citrus growers, juice processors and fresh-fruit shippers celebrated Monday as the harvesting season gains speed.

“Thank goodness,” said Donna Garren , executive vice president of the Florida Gift Shippers Association, based in Orlando. The association’s 50 members statewide start shipping seasonal fruit varieties such as navel oranges and grapefruit on Nov. 14, and the gift-fruit holiday shipping peaks in late December.

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