Entries in Orange Juice (3)


Florida Orange Crops Dwindle, Orange Juice Futures Rise

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Orange juice futures rallied Tuesday in New York in the wake of lowered expectations for Florida orange crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast the Sunshine State will produce 146 million boxes of oranges this season, down 8 million boxes from previous estimates.  

The drop in supply caused the price of frozen orange juice concentrate for January delivery to finish at $1.2990 per pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange Tuesday, a rise of 3.6 percent.

The price was the market’s highest since September 14.

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California Woman Sues OJ Giant Tropicana Over Flavor Packs

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(VACAVILLE, Calif.) -- A California mother is taking on orange juice giant Tropicana, alleging in a lawsuit that the company's not-from-concentrate Pure Premium juice is "heavily processed" and not a "natural" product.

In a class-action suit filed Jan. 6 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Angelena Lewis, 32, of Vacaville alleges that the addition of aromas and flavor packs "changes the essential nature" of the juice.

"While Tropicana claims that 'making Tropicana orange juice is truly art,' it is far more a science," the lawsuit alleges.

If the class action moves forward, the lawsuit would represent anyone in the nation who had bought Tropicana Pure Premium, which is made by Tropicana Products, a division of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc.

They allege that advertising claims are misleading and that Tropicana Products has violated consumer fraud statutes in various states, including California's false-misleading advertising law.

Lawyers have also made their claim under California's Legal Remedies Act and the Unfair Competition Law.

The lawsuit cites the packaging of the Pure Premium brand, "an illustration of an orange with a straw stuck into it, which is meant to convey the message that [not-from-concentrate] juice is fresh from the orange. This reinforces the '100 percent Pure and Natural Orange Juice' claim in large prominent type."

"It is not natural orange juice," according to the complaint. "It is instead a product that is scientifically engineered in laboratories, not nature, which explains its shelf-life of more than two months."

Tropicana spokesman Michael Torres would not address allegations of false advertising, but instead provided a written statement to ABC News.

"Our juice is safe, nutritious and Tropicana remains committed to offering great-tasting 100 percent orange juice with no added sugars or preservatives," Torres wrote. "We take the faith that consumers place in our products seriously and are committed to full compliance with labeling laws and regulations."

Tropicana holds about 40 percent of the market share of all orange juice sold each year and had worldwide retail sales of about $5 billion in 2010, according to the lawsuit.

On its website, Tropicana said each 59-ounce container of Pure Premium has "16 fresh-picked oranges squeezed into it."

"Angelina purchased Tropicana for her family based on the representation Tropicana made on its product label," Lewis' lawyer, Sarah N. Westcot, said. "I think they know people have a preference for natural products and capitalize on that. ... She wouldn't have bought the product if she knew what went in to making the juice."

Under California law involving class action suits, the litigants are seeking an aggregate of at least $5 million, she said.

Tropicana has 21 days to file their response.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of news that trace amounts of the fungicide carbendazim was recently found in some Minute Maid orange juice made by Coca Cola and juices of some of its competitors.

The juices in question were made of oranges imported from Brazil, where that fungicide is legal, and Coca Cola alerted the FDA of the trees had been sprayed with the chemical.

The FDA found no chemicals in Tropicana brands and the company has subsequently said it will use only Florida oranges going forward.

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Coca-Cola Admits Its Orange Juice Contains Fungicide

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Coca-Cola has come out as the company that recently notified the Food and Drug Administration that some of the orange juice it imports from Brazil contains low levels of the fungicide carbendazim, which is used to control fungi or fungal spores.

The soft drink maker told on both itself and a competitor, fueling the FDA to conduct tests on all orange juice entering the U.S.

On Wednesday, the agency told ABC News preliminary results from three samples of imported O.J. turned up negative.  The FDA added that it currently has 30 additional samples pending, which include juice from Brazil, Mexico and Canada.

Coke, which makes Simply Orange and Minute Maid, hasn’t said which of its brands contains the fungicide that’s not approved for use in the U.S.

While the Environmental Protection Agency says that the amount of carbendazim found in the drink is not harmful, future prices for orange juice sank on Wednesday because of perceived effects on demand.

Even though shipments of orange juice from overseas are being stopped at the border for inspection, there's been no move to pull cartons of O.J. from stores shelves in the U.S.

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