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TO THE MARKETPLACE
We own and manage Citrus Groves in Collier, Charlotte, DeSoto, Hendry, Hardee, Highlands, Martin and Polk Counties and engage in the cultivation of citrus trees to produce citrus for delivery to the fresh and processed citrus markets. Orange Co. totaled approximately 47,000 gross acres at September 30, 2015.
Our Orange Co. division cultivates citrus trees to produce citrus for delivery to the processed and fresh citrus markets. Our sales to the processed market constitute approximately 95% of our citrus sales annually. We produce Early and Mid-Season varieties, primarily Hamlin oranges, as well as a Valencia variety for the processed market. We deliver our fruit to the processors in boxes which contain 90 pounds of oranges. Because the processors convert the majority of the citrus crop into orange juice, they generally do not buy their citrus on a per box basis but rather on a pound solids basis, which is the measure of the soluble solids (sugars and acids) contained in one box of fruit.
Our sales to the fresh market constitute approximately 5% of our citrus sales annually. We produce numerous varieties to the fresh fruit market including grapefruit, navel and other fresh varieties. Generally, our fresh fruit is sold to packing houses by the box, and the packing houses are responsible for the harvest and haul of these boxes.
Other Value Added Services
Alico also engages in complimentary activities including contracting for harvesting, hauling and marketing and the purchase and resale of fruit. Additionally, in fiscal year 2013, we acquired approximately 400 acres of land in Alachua County on which we constructed a citrus tree nursery and will utilize the trees produced in our own operations and sell excess trees to citrus growers in the state of Florida.