Size Standards Reduced For Lower Rio Grande Valley Grapefruit

In response market demand and to maximize shipments of Texas fresh fruits, USDA has adopted a final rule to reduce the minimum size of grapefruit from 3-5/16 inches (size 56) to 3 inches (size 64) in diameter and reduced the minimum grade requirement for the grapefruit to “Texas Choice” for both sizes.

The Texas Valley Citrus Committee, who requested the change, reported a shortage of fruit available to supply the fresh market. With this rule change, they believe Texas growers should be able to fill the market demand. The committee also recognized that consumers are now showing preference toward smaller-sized fruit.

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