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Wawona Packing’s Freestone Organic Peach Shipments are Underway

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A2by Wawona Packing Company

Cutler, CA — Wawona Packing Company, the largest grower of organic tree fruit in the United States, has announced that its crop of organic yellow peaches is on track for the seasonal transition from clingstone to freestone peaches beginning July 1st. The stone (or pit) clings to the flesh of the peach in clingstone peaches; in freestone peaches, the stone separates effortlessly. This popular fruit will be featured in the company’s “Summer Sizzle” promotion.

“Peach enthusiasts get really excited at this time of the year,” said Wawona CEO Will Feliz. “Consumers just love freestone Sweet-2-Eat organic peaches. They’re perfect for baking, slicing, grilling and of course eating right out of your hand. And we have a terrific looking crop. Growing conditions have been ideal for the past few months, with warm days and cool evenings which has helped with color and sizing.”

Wawona estimates by the start of July its organic yellow peach crop will have large, promotable volume for its retail partners. The company will have a plentiful supply until the end of stone fruit season in late October.

Wawona Packing Company’s Sweet-2-Eat organic yellow peaches are grown with stringent farming protocols similar to those of its conventional fruit. As always, the focus is on flavor, eating quality, size, color and appearance, which ensures that the highest quality fruit ultimately makes its way to consumers.

“As good as this tree fruit season looks like it’s going to be, our organic freestone yellow peaches are going to be especially abundant,” Feliz said. “The fruit is on target to have an incredible flavor profile. And we’ll be packing freestone Sweet-2-Eat organic yellow peaches with full red blush.”

With thousands of acres of farmland in California’s central San Joaquin Valley dedicated to organics, Wawona has the largest organic tree fruit program in the United States. Offering organic yellow peaches and nectarines, white peaches and nectarines, black and red plums, and pluots, the program is the most diverse of its kind. All fruits in Wawona’s organic program are also offered conventionally, along with conventional apricots.


About Wawona Packing Company:

Founded in 1945, Wawona Packing Company currently farms more than 10,000 acres in California’s central San Joaquin Valley. Wawona offers organic and conventional tree fruit and citrus and is the largest grower of organic tree fruit in the United States. The company’s brands include Sweet-2-Eat, Sweet-2-Eat organic, Harvest Sweet and Wawona. (400) (A2)

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Heavy NW Cherry Shipments Are Expected into Early August

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A345By The Northwest Cherry Growers

As the last of our mid-season shippers wind down their business for the year, the bulk of cherry shipments are shifting to the later producing regions.  Packing lines are running around the clock as our industry gears up to finish the season in August with strong promotable volume for the next several weeks.

The 2018 shipped crop to date (in 20-pound box equivalents) stands at  19,473,061 million boxes.

Strong cherry shipments from the Northwest are expected, lead by Washington state, through July and into at least early August.

Since July 1st, the Northwest cherry industry has maintained an average of 529,491 boxes (20-pound) shipped per day, which has increased by a daily average of 9,000 boxes since this time last week.  Two days ago on July 17th, was the 30th day in a row of shipments since we first shipped more than a half-million boxes of cherries in a day this season.  The daily average for that 30-day period is 561,422 boxes daily.

In the past, we’ve reported on the number of days in row that our collective industry shipments exceeded 500,000 boxes on average.  Sundays typically see lower shipment volumes than the other 6 days, so an average is a fair calculation of the overall pace of the industry.  Our several days of exceptionally high volumes in June, however, make the count for this year a bit misleading.  By the traditional math,  June 17th was the 39th day in a row feeding into that cumulative daily (500K) average.  But working backwards, that string of daily averages takes us all the way back to the 8th day of shipping this season, when shipments for the day totaled 216,000 boxes.  No matter the math though, I think we can agree that it’s a lot of fruit.  Likewise, many shippers continue to run double shifts just to keep up with the demand for the especially dark, extra sweet late-season cherries our industry is shipping right now.

Washington cherries – grossing about $4700 to Chicago.


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Shipping Updates: Imported NZ Apples, Mexican Raspberries, Florida Dragon Fruit

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A21pngFrom New Zealand apples, to Mexican raspberries and Dragon Fruit in Florida, here are some loading opportunities.

The Oppenheimer Group of Vancouver, B.C. is importing New Zealand fruit and for the first time it will have no gaps between domestic, US grown product and New Zealand fruit.

The first arrivals came in early June.  Zealand-grown Jazz apples are experiencing bigger demand from some retailers on the East Coast.  They have switched to the new crop Jazz apple already because of the higher truck rates to haul fruit from Washington, Oppenheimer reports.

New Zealand fruit should have bigger volumes this year, which is expected to be 15 percent above the 2016 imports.

Mexican Raspberry Imports

California Giant of Watsonville, CA will be shipping raspberries from Central Mexico starting in mid-September and continuing into June.  The company has been handling California raspberries for years during the spring and summer.

“We are so excited to be planting this new crop in Mexico, providing our California Giant customers with promotable raspberry volume that consumers will enjoy

beginning this fall and continuing through the winter months, coming from our regions here in central Mexico,” Rodrigo Aceves, director of operations for California Giant Berry Farms de Mexico, said in a news release.

Over the years, California Giant has also been increasing its acreage of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries to create year-round shipments of fruit.

Dragon Fruit

By J&C Tropicals

Miami, Fl. – J&C Tropicals has announced the release of its new Dragon Fruit brand ‘Dragon Fuel.’

In the last five years, Dragon Fruit has become a top selling item and a staple of J&C’s Florida Grown Tropicals product line! Available in both White & Red Varieties, Dragon Fruit is sweet and crunchy with a flavor that is a cross between kiwi and pear. Most importantly research has shown that South Florida grown Dragon Fruit yields 30 percent more oil containing Omega-6 fatty acids and is higher in antioxidants.

“Last year we saw exponential growth in Dragon Fruit. Dragon Fuel will be key to taking sales to the next level” said Adrian Capote, Vice President of Sales.

J&C Tropicals is a third-generation, family-owned grower, packer and distributor of tropical fruits, roots and vegetables based in Miami, FL.




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Mid-Atlantic Vegetables May Face Gaps in Shipments

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DSCN0811Heavy rains last spring set back vegetable crops and shipments from the mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, which in some cases will result in shipping gaps.  Still, growers are expressing optimism for a strong year.

Some farmers reported actually pumping off more water in May from the field than they pumped in for irrigation.  The result could be shipping gaps in July.

Fifer Orchards of Wyoming, DE is an exception claiming the rains did not prevent normal planting of crops and the season’s shipments should be on schedule for vegetables, although a little later than usual.

Fifer Orchards also is expecting a full crop of peaches, with no injury from cold weather. Peach shipments start in mid-July and continue through mid-September.

Papen Farms of Dover, DE report cool and wet weather during March, April and May set crop progress back, but weather in June was favorable.  However, yields could be off because of growing conditions.

Papen Farms cabbage shipments started in mid-June, about two weeks later than normal.  Sweet corn shipments were about a week late and got underway in early July and will continue into September. Green bean loadings will get started started the last week of July.

Papen Farms will be shipping vegetables to markets ranging from Maine to Florida.  The company’s early shipments tending to go north because the Delaware harvest is running ahead of those northern regions. Later in the season, the pattern is reversed, with more shipments to Southern states.

Potato Shipments

As for the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the spring was cold and wet at Dublin Farms of Horntown, VA.  The operation ships red potatoes, white potatoes, and yellow fleshed potatoes. Some shippers also have russet potatoes. Shipments will continue until mid-August from acreage similar to a year ago.  Potato acreage in the area is normally between 3,000 and 4,000 acres.

Most Eastern Shore of Virginia vegetable shipments consist of potatoes, green beans and tomatoes.

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Shipping Updates: California Strawberries, New Mexico Onions, and U.S. Potatoes

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A2California strawberry shipments are on track to break another record this season….New Mexico onion shipments are going strong….There’s a lot more potatoes remaining in U.S. storages for shipping compared to last year.

While it may be too early to tell whether California will have its third record year of strawberry shipments, if volume shipped mostly by truck in early June is any indication, it could be another one for the books.

There were plenty of supplies for shipments leading up to the Fourth of July.  Loadings for Labor Day and beyond are looking to be just as good as shipments are way ahead of a year ago.

As of the week ending June 2, the state’s growers had harvested 82.3 million trays of strawberries.

A year ago, that figure was about 79 million trays, and two years ago the number also was in that range.  Naturipe Farms LLC of Salinas, CA is experiencing record volume and record production.

Salinas Valley strawberries and vegetables – grossing about $8900 to New York City.

New Mexico Onion Shipments

While the New Mexico onion volume estimate will not come out until August, strong volume is expected again this year.  Shipments have been occurring since May and are now averaging about 875 truck loads per week.  Loadings will continue through August and this time of the year has typically provided the most onion shipments in the U.S.  Carzalia Valley Produce Inc. of Columbus, N.M. and Billy the Kid Produce LLC of Deming, N.M are both experiencing a normal shipping season.

New Mexico onions – grossing about $4000 to Chicago.

U.S. Potato Shipments

There are 9 percent more potatoes remaining to be shipped in U.S. storages than at this same time a year ago.

The top producing potato states had 59 million cwt. of potatoes in storage June 1.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports 15 percent of the fall 2017 crop was still in storage at the beginning of the month, which is 2 percentage points more than last season.

The top three potato shipping states, and the percent of their 2017 fall crop production left in storage, are:

  • Idaho — 23 million cwt. (18 percent)
  • Washington — 13 million cwt. (13 percent)
  • Wisconsin — 5.3 million cwt. (18 percent)




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California Avocado Shipments will Continue into September

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DSCN0815by Index Fresh

Riverside, C.A. — California avocado shipments are is well underway, with strong weeks occurring since March and promotable volumes ahead for the remainder of the season. Excellent quality has been driving strong demand as California Hass fills retailer shelves and enhances restaurant offerings.

The California harvest is estimated to be about a third complete, leaving Hass volume for the summer into September. Volume was available for strong shipments leading up to the key avocado holidays of Memorial Day and the 4th of July and will be good as well for Labor Day.  Index Fresh is excited about providing quality fruit and promotional support for these summer celebrations.

Index Fresh rolled out the first GEM program in mid-April with positive support from retail and growers. The GEM is a new variety with exciting visual, flavor and peelability attributes, that presents an opportunity to excite the consumer and expand the avocado category as a complement to Hass.

The 2018 California season is off to a strong start, with tremendous opportunity ahead for the rest of the year.


Index Fresh is a worldwide marketer of avocados, sourcing from all major growing regions around the globe, including California, Mexico, Peru, and Chile. Through its dedication to quality, consistency, and innovation, Index Fresh continues to be a leader in the industry. Over the years the company has earned its reputation for quality and integrity with an unwavering commitment to honesty, hard work, and providing outstanding results to their partners — growers and trade alike.

Headquartered in California, the company has facilities spread across Texas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Colorado, and Illinois. Early this year, Index Fresh also started operations at its new packing, bagging, and ripening facility in Pharr, TX.

California has avocados commercially produced by more than 2,000 growers in the golden state.


Southern California avocados – grossing about $8300 to New York City.

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NJ Blueberry, Peach Shipments Look Good; NW Pear Loadings to be Average

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DSCN0814New Jersey blueberry shipments are in good volume, while peach shipments have started in the last few days….Meanwhile, Northwest pear shipments should be the best in four years.

Blueberry shipments got underway in mid-June and will run through the end of July for Sunny Valley International Inc. of Glassboro, NJ.

In 2016, the most recent year where statistics are available, New Jersey’s 30 million pounds accounted for 12 percent of total domestic blueberry shipments. New Jersey’s share of the U.S. market was 20 percent of domestic production in June and 26 percent in July.

Fresh blueberry output in New Jersey accounts for about 80 to 85 percent of the crop, with the most of the production coming out of Atlantic and Burlington counties.

Long term acreage trends show 2016 harvested acreage of blueberries in New Jersey was 9,300 acres, down from 10,000 in 2015 and 9,300 acres in 2014.

NJ Peach Shipments

New Jersey peach shipments started this week and should have decent volume until the season ends in mid-September.

Peach shipments in 2016 came from 4,700 acres, according to the USDA, unchanged from 2016 and up 100 acres from 4,600 acres in 2014.

Peach shipments from New Jersey in 2016 totaled 5.2 million pounds, or about 1 percent of domestic peach shipments that year.  New Jersey’s share of the domestic peach market was less than 1 percent in July, 3 percent in August, and 2 percent in September.

Northwest Pear Shipments

Pacific Northwest pear shipments are expected to be average this season with 18.8 million, 44-pound boxes following lighter crops four years in a row.

Pear shipments hit a record 21.69 million boxes in 2013, but every year since then the yield has been much lighter.  Hot weather causing fruit drop and contributing to decay called cork is blamed for at least partially being responsible for the lighter crops.

The 18. 9 million-box estimate is just 58,345 boxes less than the five-year average of 18.9 million boxes. It is 18 percent bigger than the 2017 crop, which will soon finish at close to 15.9 million boxes.

The forecast will be updated in mid-August. Right now, the breakdown by growing district is: Wenatchee, 8.6 million boxes; Hood River, 7 million; Yakima, 2.4 million; and Medford, 751,200 boxes.

Harvest is forecast to start with Starkrimson in Hood River on Aug. 3 and will finish in late September or early October in higher elevations of Hood River and Leavenworth at the upper end of the Wenatchee Valley.

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Strong Volume is Underway for Rainier Cherries in Washington

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A38by Stemilt Growers

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Stemilt’s Rainier cherry shipments are rolling out of Washington State.  Volume was good for Fourth of July deliveries and a similar situation exists for the July 11th National Rainier Cherry Day celebration.

Stemilt has strong volumes of Rainier cherries in 2018, with conventional Rainiers even with last year’s volume and organic Rainiers up 50 percent. Organic Rainiers make up a small share of the overall Rainier crop.  According to Stemilt marketing director Roger Pepperl, Rainier size and quality for conventional and organic fruit is exceptional this season.

“The color is stunning on Rainiers this season with great size and that classic, overwhelming sweetness that shoppers seek out,” said Pepperl.

Stemilt’s Rainier cherries are in season for two months and with heaviest volume being for the weeks of June 25, July 2nd, and July 9th.

A Stemilt Fruit Tracker™ analysis of Nielsen scan data during the past three cherry seasons shows Rainier cherries account for nearly 13.5 percent of cherry category shipments on average in the U.S. during their three-week peak in late June to mid-July. Rainier shipments are highest in the Western region throughout the season, and especially in the peak weeks.

Organic Rainier cherries are a niche item, but one that Stemilt has grown with purpose for decades.

“The organic category is booming, and fruits and vegetables are leading that growth,” said Pepperl.

Decades ago, Stemilt led the industry in creating a market for Rainier cherries.  At the time, Rainiers were primarily pollenizers for Bing cherries, but emerging new sell-pollinating dark-sweet cherries reduced that need.  Stemilt founder Tom Mathison saw the potential for a second, and very sweet, cherry and began farming Rainiers on a large-scale. Today, West Mathison, Stemilt president and Tom’s grandson, guides the company in growing large, sweet, and dessert-flavored Rainier cherries.

About Stemilt

Stemilt Growers is a leading tree fruit growing, packing and shipping company based in Wenatchee, Washington. Owned and operated by the Mathison family, Stemilt is the leading shipper of sweet cherries and one of the nation’s largest suppliers of organic tree fruits.

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Clementine Exports from Chile are Expected to Increase

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A34Total clementine citrus exports from Chile in 2018 are estimated to be at 52,000 metric tons, up 27 percent from 41,000 metric tons in 2017, according to the Chilean Citrus Committee. This estimate for 2018 is about double the exports of 2014.

Additionally, exports of Chilean mandarins for 2018 have been projected at 100,000 metric tons, up 32 percent from 76,000 metric tons in 2017.  This year’s projected exports of mandarins are up more than three times 2014 exports of 30,000 metric tons.

Chilean clementines will be available primarily from mid-May to mid-August, while mandarins will be shipped from August to mid-November.

Growers in Chile expect an increase from northern growing areas, as an increase in rainfall in the past year and expanding acreage has boosted crop prospects by about 20 percent compared with 2017.

Heavier volume the first week of June is being followed by peak clementine volume in late June and early July.  Murcott mandarin volume will peak in late September and into to October.

Chile controls the biggest share of U.S. summer easy peeler imports, according to 2017 trade statistics.

The USDA reports U.S. imports of Chilean tangerines and mandarins totaled 109,752 metrics tons in 2017, compared with 49,442 metric tons from Peru, 17,010 metric tons from Uruguay and 10,762 metric tons from South Africa.

Chilean exports of clementines began the week of April 2, one week ahead of the 2017 season, with about 1,440 boxes (21,600 metric tons) of oronules destined for the U.S.

Through April 23, Chile had exported 89,358 boxes (1,427 metric tons), down 17 percent from the same date of 2017.

While Halos and Cuties may command 85 to 90 percent of the market in the winter, that percentage is considerably less in the summer months

Counting supply from South Africa, Chile, Uruguay and Peru, shipments of easy peelers to the U.S. have grown from 111,000 metric tons in 2015 to 141,0000 metric tons in 2016 and 183,000 metric tons in 2017.  For 2018, the combined volume from those Southern Hemisphere suppliers is projected at 230,000 metric tons.

Philadelphia is a primary port for receiving clementines from Chile.

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Imported Avocados from Peru Kicks Off 2018 Season

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AA7by Peruvian Avocado Commission

Washington D.C. – The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) has kicked off it’s 2018 season with shipments expected to be arriving in the U.S. into September.

“Peru will export to the world 660 million pounds of avocados from the middle of April to mid-September, and 170 million pounds will come to the USA,” says Xavier Equihua, CEO and President of the Peruvian Avocado Commission.

Beginning in June and in celebration of World Avocado Month, Avocados From Peru is the exclusive sponsor of various exciting activations in Washington D.C. during the World Cup and MLB All Star Games. It’s been over 35 years since Peru qualified for the World Cup and 50 years since the MLB All Star Game was hosted in the nation’s capital. Avocados From Peru will be present on air (they play Denmark June 16th and France June 21st), desktop, mobile and apps.

“Given the increased supply of Peruvian avocados this season, we will be focusing many of our marketing tactics around retail trade activity alongside supreme consumer tactics,” said  Equihua.  “We will be offering various strategic co-marketing opportunities from which retailers can specifically tailor their preferred programs. On the consumer side, we will continue to showcase the nutritional benefits and versatility of Peruvian avocados.”

Avocados From Peru will be renewing their partnership with CBS Radio and bringing back the fan-favorite Avo-Dog to baseball fans attending Orioles baseball games over Father’s Day weekend this summer. Fans will be able to enjoy a free topping of Peruvian Avocado with the purchase of any food item during the game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

About the Peruvian Avocado Commission

The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was established in 2011 to increase the consumption/demand for Avocados from Peru through advertising, retail promotion and public relations. The PAC’s promotional activities are conducted under the guidelines of the federal promotion program for Hass avocados, which is under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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