An overview on the Brazilian orange juice production chain

Article English OPEN
Santos,Renato Marcio dos ; Nääs,Irenilza de Alencar ; Mollo Neto,Mario ; Vendrametto,Oduvaldo (2013)
  • Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Fruticultura
  • Journal: (issn: 1806-9967)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1590/S0100-29452013000100025
  • Subject: Plant culture | SB1-1110 | production chain | análise de redes | ARS | produção de laranja | orange production | SNA | network analysis | cadeia produtiva

Brazil is the world's largest producer of oranges and uses more than 70% of the harvested fruits in the production of juices. The amount of processed orange is growing about 10% per year, confirming the trend of the Brazilian citrus for juice production. This research aimed to investigate the Brazilian orange juice production chain from 2005 to 2009. Data from the amount of frozen juice produced and exported, international price of orange juice, and intermediate transactions were assessed in order to make possible selection of all interveners involved in the chain. The study using the Social Network Analysis (SNA) showed that the densest relationships in the network are from exporters to importers and from orange growers to the orange processing industry. No difference was found in the values of the network geodesic distance or the clustering coefficients from 2005 to 2009. The degree of centrality increased steadily throughout the years indicating that the processing industry attempts to minimize the risks by centralizing the actions. A decrease in export of orange juice from 2007 (2.07 10(6) t) to 2008 (2.05 10(6) t) was found, probably due to the world's financial crisis with recovery in 2009. Since 2004, there has been an increase of nearly 10% per year in the market preference of concentrate juice (OFCJ) when compared to the "not from concentrated" juice (NFC). Nowadays the NFC market represents nearly 50% of all Brazilian export which impacted in the logistic distribution and transportation issues.