Florida fresh citrus shipments and sales to the industry's biggest domestic market will be slowed for a period as the Northeast tries to make its recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Dan Richey, president of Riverfront Groves, believes the impact will only be short-term, but Philadelphia, Boston and New York make up 35 to 45 percent of Florida's total citrus sales domestically.
"People are buying canned foods to get through without electricity, not grapefruit and oranges. There's a backup of our product in inventory," Richey said. "The retailer orders with the assumption they will have to replenish. Now they don't have to."