The PepsiCo-owned orange juice business Tropicana has said it has not been hit by Hurricane Charley, which tore its way through citrus groves in central Florida.

Speaking to Reuters yesterday, Jim Zellner, director of Food Procurement for Tropicana said: "As far as our plant operations are concerned, we have no damage and will have uninterrupted service."

He added that Tropicana was only facing "extra waiting time to have tankers sanitized since some of the facilities are without power."