During the 2009-2010 citrus season, economic recovery proved to be slower than anticipated. The FDOC tried to mitigate downward sales trends and a drop in brand advertising through fully integrated marketing programs that communicated the health and nutrition benefits of Florida citrus products. Marketing programs continued to be grounded in consumer and scientific research, utilized the recommended optimized marketing mix to maximize the Florida grower investment, and increased activities among the top 75 supermarket retailers that represent 83% of U.S. orange juice volume.
Korea has been identified as a new market with growth potential for Florida grapefruit. FDOC will execute international marketing programs to reach consumers through retail, advertising, and public relations efforts.
Several FDOC-sponsored health and wellness research studies under way are expected to yield new insight about orange juice and heart health, cognition, and metabolic syndrome. The effect of grapefruit juice on heart and bone health also is being explored.