Florida pink exports down Small sized fruit and a late start were given this week as the reason why exports of pink Florida grapefruit have been substantially down this season. Figures prior to Christmas showed UK direct shipments had reached 307,000 ctns compared with 391,000 ctns this time in 1997. While some additional fruit may have been transshipped from the continent, this figure experienced a 19% drop from 3.1 million cartons to 2.5 million. Frederick van der Monde, European representative for the state's Department of Citrus, who starts promoting with UK multiples next week, said another reason was the heavy volume of cheaper pink grapefruit from sources such as Turkey. However, he is expecting sales to pick up as Florida size will have improved. He also believes the season will extend through May. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}