Here’s some loading opportunities ranging from melons in Arizona, to Georgia onions and imported Lemonade apples from New Zealand.
Cantaloupe and honeydew shipments are underway from Maricopa, AZ. Santa Rosa Produce is expecting to ship a normal volume of over 4 million boxes of melons from its 5000-acre farming operation.
Vidalia Onion Shipments
Vidalia onion growers started harvest April 20 this year compared to April 12 last year.
Vidalia on shipments have been underway for over a month now and a fairly normal crop of about 5 million cartons is still expected to shipped. USDA figures show Georgia onion shipments the week of April 29 to May 5 totaled 390,000 40-pound cartons, down 22 percent from 497,500 cartons the same week a year ago. Season-to-date shipments of Georgia onions through May 5 totaled 1.01 million 40-pound cartons, down 48 percent from 1.925 million cartons shipped at the same time a year ago. The season got underway about a week later than in 2017, which accounts for much of the smaller volume to date. Last year Vidalia shipped about 5.7 million 40-pound units of sweet onions.
Vidalia growers have storage capacity of about 3 million cartons with shipment expected to continue through the summer.
New Zealand Lemonade Apples
by Giumarra Companies
LOS ANGELES – The Giumarra Companies is entering its third season as the exclusive North American supplier of Lemonade™ variety apples with increased volumes.
“We know from market research that apples are still one of consumers’ most-purchased items in the produce department. Consumers are seeking new, exciting flavors and Lemonade is a unique variety that fits the bill,” says Jason Bushong, Division Manager of Giumarra Wenatchee. “It’s a striking yellow apple and the flavor is refreshing and tangy-sweet with a hint of effervescence.”
Lemonade is currently grown solely in New Zealand, with plans to expand to North American growing regions. Bushong cites the apple’s fresh crop attributes as a differentiating factor.
First shipments of Lemonade will arrive at the end of May to both East and West Coast ports. The season will conclude in August.
About the Giumarra Companies
The Giumarra Companies is a leading international network of fresh produce growers, distributors, and marketers under the Nature’s Partner brand.