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Good Volume Seen for Domestic Berries; Huge Hike Predicted for Peruvian Blueberries

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Good volume berry shipments are expected from U.S. shippers the rest of the summer and a huge volume increase is in the forecast for imported Peruvian blueberries.

In early July, California strawberry shippers had moved over 105 million trays, compared to 121.4 million trays at the same time a year ago. Rain during the winter and spring followed by a heatwave the second week of June had California strawberry loadings running below last year’s numbers.

Besides strawberries there are other competing fruit shipments ranging from cherries, to stone fruit and melons.

Blueberry Shipments

Gourmet Tranding Co. of Los Angeles reports domestic blueberry shipments should remain strong for at least the next couple of months, continuing through September. However, domestic “blues” are expected to have some strong competition from Peruvian blueberry imports, which is seen increasing as much as 50 percent over a year ago. Those imports begin in August and continue through January and possibly into February.

The vast majority of domestic blueberry shipments during the summer are originating out of Michigan, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. All of these areas are reporting good crops.

Other Berry Shipments

Summertime means peak shipments for domestic raspberries and blackberries. A hot spell in California during June did not have as severe an impact on raspberries as it did on strawberries.

California raspberry shipments should continue into mid-November out of Watsonville. Razz loadings will then transition to Ventura County, before switching to Mexico for the winter.

California Giant Berry Farms of Watsonville will be shipping California raspberries until late September or early October before shifting to Mexico.

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Outlook for Domestic Fruit Shipments are Good

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DSCN7161Total domestic apple and grape shipments are expected to be up this season, while a drop in pear and peach loadings is seen.  California raspberry loads also are lagging.

Apple, Pear, Peach Shipments

U.S. apple and grape shipments are expected to increase in 2016, while pear and peach volume will decline, according to a USDA report.

About 10.4 billion pounds of apples will be produced in the U.S. this season.  The Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook from the USDA’s Economic Research Service reports the 2016 apple crop is on track to be 4 percent larger than last year’s crop and the fourth-largest since 2000.

California grape shipments are expected to hit 15.6 billion pounds in 2016, up 2 percent from 2015.  The increase comes despite persistent drought in California, the top producing state.

The number of pear shipments in the U.S. this season, however, is predicted to fall 5 percent, with about 1.56 billion pounds being shipped.  That would be the lowest U.S. total in more than 20 years.  The top three states for pear shipments, Washington, Oregon and California, are expected to be down between 2 and 4 percent.

U.S. peach loadings also will be down this season with a total of 1.61 billion pounds  That would be 5 percent below last year, and it would be the seventh consecutive year U.S. peach volumes have declined.

Washington’s Yakima Valley apples and pears – grossing about $6200 to Boston.

California’s San Joaquin Valley table grapes – grossing about $5000 to Atlanta.

California Raspberry Shipments

California raspberry shipments so far this season has been about 122 million pounds shipped, down from 143 million pounds.  Around 4.1 million pounds of raspberries were shipped in the U.S. during the week ending October 1, off from 5.3 million pounds last year at the same time and 4.5 million pounds the previous week.

California’s Watsonville district strawberries, raspberries – grossing about $4100 to Dallas.

California’s Salinas Valley vegetables – grossing about $6300 to New York City.



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