Florida's pink grapefruit crop is on the rebound, according to the latest USDA estimates.

Hurricane damage in recent years has damaged trees and kept yields down, but they have recovered 35% this year to 26 million boxes, said Mike Yetter, international business director at the Florida Department of Citrus.

"Quality is much better than last year and the fruit looks excellent. There will be a much higher pack-out rate, which means a higher proportion going on to the fresh market."

The fruit is expected to be the sweetest for five years, with high Brix levels, and is also said to be very well balanced on flavour. But in spite of the high quality, the larger yields are bound to push down prices, said Yetter.

The FDOC is in the midst of planning its usual range of promotions with UK retailers. But the campaign, starting in January, will follow last year's pattern of tastings and price promotions.