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Orange Juice To Cost More, Taste Less Sweet Thanks To Hurricane Irma

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBS/AP) — Orange juice may soon cost you more.

Hurricane Irma caused more than $2.5 billion in damage to Florida’s agricultural community. Irma dealt Florida’s iconic orange crop the most devastating blow causing more than $760 million in damage.

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The powerful hurricane damaged nearly all the citrus fruit in some Southwest Florida groves and seriously damaging groves in Central Florida. Growers talked of trees standing in 3 feet of water, which is a death sentence for a crop already under a decade-long siege by citrus greening disease. Much of the fruit was young, and it’s too late in the season for a new crop.

So, some U.S. beverage companies say they will start using oranges from Brazil. That means an increase in price.

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The orange juice will also taste a little tart because oranges from Brazil are not as sweet.

The sugar industry saw about $382 million in damage.

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