The US government is buying some 18m litres of grapefruit juice from producers in Florida due to a surplus in the state.

The US Department of Agriculture has agreed to purchase 16m kg of juice for distribution through its Food and Nutrition Service, which serves schools, Indian reservations, the elderly and people in need following natural disasters.

Recent regulations due to citrus canker disease restrict the sale of fresh fruit in those states with significant citrus production. The result is a greater amount of fresh fruit on the market is being processed into juice, leading to oversupply and demands from producers for redress by the federal government.