CITRUS PRICES RISE AS COLD SPOILS CROPS IN CALIFORNIA

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, Calif. (FNS) -- Sharply higher citrus prices have hit stores around the country after record low temperatures in this growing region froze California's citrus crop, already damaged from earlier El Nino-related weather.The latest round of severe weather is responsible for an estimated crop loss of upwards of $600 million, said industry officials. This year's crops were already priced

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, Calif. (FNS) -- Sharply higher citrus prices have hit stores around the country after record low temperatures in this growing region froze California's citrus crop, already damaged from earlier El Nino-related weather.

The latest round of severe weather is responsible for an estimated crop loss of upwards of $600 million, said industry officials. This year's crops were already priced higher due to lower crop counts, and the size of the fruit was smaller.

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