Loadings Picking Up for FL Strawberries, Chilean Stone Fruit

Loadings Picking Up for FL Strawberries, Chilean Stone Fruit

DSCN4351Increased loading opportunities are taking place for Florida strawberries from the Plant City area, while arrivals of Chilean imported stone fruit are occurring on both coasts of the United States.

Florida strawberry shipments got off to a show start this season but good volume finally arrived the week of December 22nd.  While volume in late December and early January was high, produce haulers should expect a significant slowing of shipments to begin in mid-January.   Volume for Florida strawberry shipments could be off for a couple of weeks before picking back up towards the end of January.   Heading into Valentine’s Day (February 14th),  truckers should expect bigger volume.

Florida strawberries, vegetables and tomatoes – grossing about $2800 to New York City.

Chilean Fruit

Importers of Chilean stone fruit expect a strong rebound from last season’s freeze-damaged crops.  Break bulk shipments of Chilean peaches, nectarines and plums began arriving early the week of December 29th at the Port of Long Beach.

Shipments were running seven days ahead of last year. Volumes this season should be at least in line with the 5-year average but much higher than last season, when fruit was hard hit by freezes.

Philadelphia received its first shipments for Chilean peaches, nectarines and plums the weekend of Jan. 3rd.  Early varieties of Chilean peaches would start arriving at East Coast ports this week, with nectarine volumes following in early February and plum volumes in mid-February.