Orangic Apple Shipments Continue to Increase

Orangic Apple Shipments Continue to Increase

applesOrganic produce in various categories continues to show significant growth in popularity.

According to FreshFacts on Retail, published by the United Fresh Produce Association for the third-quarter  of 2016, weekly dollar sales of organic vegetables per store were up 7.6 percent compared to the third quarter of 2015.  Dollar sales of organic fruit were up 17.5 percent.

Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2016 published by The Organic Trade Association found over 82 percent of American families say they buy organic sometimes, one of the highest levels in the survey’s seven-year history.

Almost 5 percent of all the food sold in the U.S. in 2015 was organic.

Suppliers of organic produce were reporting sizeable increases.

Naturipe Farms LLC of Salinas, CA, the world’s larger produce of organic blueberries, doubling its production of organic blueberries in Argentina and Chile.

This month the company is producing its first crops of organic raspberries, blackberries and blueberries from Mexico and is investing in new production of organic strawberries, blueberries and blackberries in California and Florida.

Well-Pict Inc. of Watsonville started its new spring crop of strawberries from Ventura County, CA in mid-January, and will be shipping into spring.

Boskovich Farms Inc.,  of Oxnard, CA ships a number of organic vegetables led by kale, then Brussels sprouts, green onions and celery.

Stemilt Growers LLC, Wenatchee, WA is shipping organic apples and pears, with approximately 10 percent of it apple shipments coming from organic apples with galas, Honeycrisp, and granny smith among the top varieties.

CMI Orchards LLC in Wenatchee, WA  has organic shipments that are up about 50 percent, with the trend expected to continue for the next four years.  More acreage is being transitioned from conventional to organic.  CMI offers 15 organic apple varieties and six organic pear varieties.

Viva Tierra Organic Inc., Sedro-Woolley, WA is handling  organic  apple supplies from Argentina and Chile that started earlier this month, in addition to its organic supply from Washington.