Orange juice futures soar

City A.M. Reporter
US orange juice futures surged by more than 10 per cent to an all-time high yesterday over fears an unapproved fungicide in Brazil could hit juice imports.

The benchmark March frozen concentrated orange juice contract on the ICE Futures US exchange – one of the smallest futures markets featured in the 1980s film Trading Places – jumped the 20-cents daily limit to $2.0775 in morning trading, taking two-day gains to nearly 17 per cent.

It came after reports that the discovery of small doses of an unapproved fungicide in Brazil could crimp juice imports from the emerging economy and followed a rally sparked by a brief freeze last week in Florida.

The latest surge appeared related to reports that the Food and Drug Administration had told juice makers that it would step up testing for the fungicide carbendazim, which is used in Brazil but is not allowed in the US.