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Job losses expected as Fort Pierce Tropicana plant moves operations

Citrus Fruit
Oranges ripen in a grove in Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Plant City, Fla. The citrus contributes $1.5 billion to the Florida economy. Growers are worried about citrus greening, a condition where an insect causes bacteria to grow on the leaf and fruit, eventually killing the tree. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

FORT PIERCE, Fla.– A ninety-year low in growing, picking, and packaging of oranges spells trouble for the citrus industry in Florida, WPTV reports.

Layoffs are expected at the Tropicana plant in Fort Pierce soon as executives plan to move juicing operations to the plant in Bradenton.

Tropicana released a statement addressing the move:

“The Fort Pierce facility will remain open and an important part of our manufacturing footprint. We will not be processing fruit there for the 2023 season and are consolidating that work to our Bradenton plant. Unfortunately, there is a small portion of our full time team who will be impacted by this change and we are committed to offering them support in finding other work, whether within our existing operations or elsewhere.”

The number of employees to be laid off has not been announced.