Coronavirus: Orange juice prices soar on global markets

Sun Online Desk

26th March, 2020 11:51:41 printer

Coronavirus: Orange juice prices soar on global markets

The future price of orange juice has spiked by more than 20% this month as consumers look for healthy products during the coronavirus pandemic.

While demand has risen, supply has been hit as producers struggle to transport goods due to transport restrictions.

This has driven a rise in so-called "futures" prices of orange, which indicate its cost for delivery in the coming months.

Orange juice futures are the best performing asset so far this year.

"The Covid 19 outbreaks are hitting both the supply and demand for orange juice. The immune-boosting properties are the demand side attraction while there are simply not enough tanker spaces with airlines not flying to bring the product to markets," said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at broker AxiCorp, reports BBC.

On the supply side, there are also issues with not having enough workers as plantations introduce restrictions such as social distancing.