Brazil's frozen concentrated orange juice exports registered a slight increase last month, according to recent figures. The Brazilian Citrus Exporters Association (Abecitrus) said yesterday (18 April) that exports in March rose by 0.67% year-on-year, totalling 123,239 tonnes.

From July 2004 to March this year, orange juice exports reached 1.074m tonnes, a rise of 7.63% against the same period a year earlier.

Exports to the European Union, traditionally the main market for Brazil's concentrated orange juice, plunged by 29.41% last month, totalling 68,090 tonnes. Exports to the North American Free Trade Agreement, however, soared by 212.81% in March, hitting 29,073 tonnes. Asian countries accounted for 22,308 tonnes of orange juice concentrate last month.