Brazil has become the global superpower of the orange industry
Over the last three decades, South America’s largest nation, which has warmer weather and cheaper labor than Florida, has become the world’s number one source of orange juice. The Brazilians have built oceangoing tankers to transport concentrate, port facilities to offload it and tank farms to store it. To guarantee themselves a presence in the American market, the Brazilians have bought many of the processing and storage facilities in Florida.
Sao Paolo alone is home to 1.5 million acres of orange groves – more than twice the expanse that Florida has in oranges.