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Peak Shipments of NW Cherries Leading Up to 4th of July

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While there will be fewer Northwest cherry shipments than a year ago, which was 23 million 20-pound boxes, in 2020 there will be plenty of loading opportunities.

The original estimate for this year’s crop was about 19 million to 20 million boxes. It was issued in early May by the Northwest Cherry Growers, an organization with about 2,500 cherry growers in the Pacific Northwest. The group released an official estimate of 20.5 million 15-pound boxes.

Initial shipments have just started and volume will be ramping up in the coming days.

Sage Fruit Co. of Yakima, WA, reports the season is looking excellent and there will be good supplies heading towards the Fourth of July.

The Oppenheimer Group of Vancouver, British Columbia recalls last year was one of the best in recent history for cherry shipments.

Oneonta Trading Corp. Wenatchee, WA is expecting to have 25 percent fewer loadings this season due to frost damage.

Despite being down in volume as a state, the addition of Stadelman Fruit to to company family has positioned Oneonta Trading to have a great season.

Chelan Fresh Marketing of Chelan, WA believes there will be improved shipments in the in northern growing areas of the Northwest than a year ago. The company expects shipments to run through mid-August.

BC Tree Fruits of Kelowna, British Columbia will start with light volume about June 12 and sees peak shipments hitting in mid July and continuing until the first half of August.

Yakima Valley apples – grossing about $6300 to New York City.

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Northwest Cherry Shipments are Starting Soon from Washington

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As California cherry shipments wind down loadings will soon move to the Northwest led by Washington state. Initial movement starts in May, with peak shipments occurring during June before the season winds down in August.

The Northwest Cherry Growers have issued an initial forecast of 20.5 million, 15-pound boxes. No record shipments are being predicted this season, but there should be good volume, with larger sized fruit.

A strong start to cherry shipments is expected in the last few days of May, and due to growing conditions, one of the largest spreads between early and late districts is predicted. In other words, a little longer shipping season this year.

One of the earliest areas for the first Washington cherry shipments are Mattawa (Washington), about 60 miles northeast of Yakima. Another early producing area is LeGrow, found in the Tri-Cities grown region. A third early producing are is along the Columbia River at Hermiston, OR. One of the latest producing areas is at Wenatchee, WA.

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Northwest Cherry Shipments are Rapidly Increasing

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Northwest cherry shipments are off to a good start and excellent volume is expected leading up to the Fourth of July and beyond.

Around 2.5 million cartons had been picked as of June 19. Northwest cherry shipments this season are forecast to fall in the 20 million to 23 million cartons range. Cherry picking got underway around June 8th, a little later than last year.

“Our cherries ripened up a few days earlier than expected as the weather has really been favorable this spring,” said Steve Castleman, vice president for sales for CMI Orchards of Wenatchee, WA. “Lots of sunshine and warm temperatures have brought the color and sugars up and we’re looking at a superior harvest with sweet, vibrant and high-quality fruit for the duration of the season.”

Tim Welsh, a general manager for Columbia Fruit Packers (one of four grower/packer companies that owns CMI Orchards) said in the release the Washington cherry crop has seen very little wind, and that has resulted in very clean fruit.

Welsh said in the release that sizing will be mixed with a range of small to extra large at the beginning of the season.

“As the season progresses, our cherries continue to get larger and larger, and by July we should see a lot more large fruit than typical,” he said in the release. Welsh said there will be “huge” promotable volume between the end of June and the end of July.

Harvest for CMI is officially underway for the company’s very first crop of Skylar Rae cherries, according to the release.

“They are big, bright, blushing and sweet as can be,” Shane Marston, sales manager for CMI, said in the release.

CMI joined forces with Stemilt this year to grow and market Skylar Rae cherries, according to the release. The variety, originally discovered by the Toftness family in Washington, are available in a 1-pound clamshell or pouch bag, and supply is limited, according to the release.

Northwest cherries, apples and pears, grossing about $6300 to New York City.

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Shipping Reports for: Ohio Vegetables, NW Cherries, and Arkansas Produce

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DSCN0794Another normal volume shipping season is seen for Ohio vegetables, while a double digit decline is seen for Northwest cherries. Meanwhile, Arkansas produce shipments get underway in July.

Ohio Vegetable Shipments

Michael Farms of Urbana, Ohio will begin shipping cabbage and green beans in by late June, sweet corn in mid-July and potatoes in early August.

Holthouse Farms of Willard, Ohio has been shipping radishes and cilantro since late May, lettuces since early June,  and just started squash.  Chili peppers will come on in early July. The company also ships bell peppers and eggplant and will have hard squash in the fall.

Buurma Farms of Willard, Ohio has been loading radishes since Memorial Day, and has since added mustard greens, collard greens, kale, dill, cilantro and other items.  The company has just started shipping red leaf, green leaf and romaine.

NatureFresh Farms of Leamington, Ontario starts shipping from its Delta, Ohio, greenhouse at the end of September and goes through the beginning of July 2019.

NatureFresh grows beefsteak, cherry, grape, roma and cocktail tomatoes, as well as tomatoes on the vine.

Northwest Cherry Shipments

The crop estimate for Northwest cherries is for 22.6 million 20-pound cartons, down 15 percent from a year ago.

In 2017 there were shipments of 26.5 million cartons.  An average crop size is 22 million boxes.

Stemilt Growers Inc. of Wenatchee, WA picked its first cherries about a week ago.

California is wrapping up cherry shipments and the crop will be down significantly from last year — about 3 million boxes compared to a record 9.6 million boxes last year. Normal is about 6 million boxes.

Arkansas Produce Shipments

H.C. Schmieding Produce Co. LLC of Springdale, AR expects to start watermelon shipments around the 4th of July and go through the first week of August. The company expects to have light volumes of corn the first week of July, running through the end of the month.

Gem Tomato & Vegetable Sales of Boca Raton, FL is now shipping Arkansas tomatoes and will continue for another month.

Arkansas has roughly 1,200 acres of watermelons, 800 acres of tomatoes.

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2018 Northwest Cherry Shipments are Set for Early June

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DSCN0627by Northwest Cherry Growers

Northwest cherry shipments are on pace for a strong start in June.

About 22.6 million (20-pound equivalent) boxes are forecast to be shipped this season.  The 2018 crop on the trees gives every indication of a fantastic season to come for growers, truckers and retailers alike.

In 2015 and 2016, we shipped for at least a week in the month of May.  Last season (2017) we didn’t begin shipping until the eighth of June.  Based on individual grower records of bloom timing in the Tri-Cities district, one of our earliest producing areas, they expect some early fruit during the first week of June with Chelan volume ramping up during the second week.  There is weather and time yet to happen between now and the start of harvest, but if all of these patterns continue we will still expect to see significant volumes in June, especially the June 27th break prior to the Fourth of July holiday.

Every tree is different, but there are several trends noted across varieties and growing areas.  In general, bloom this season was well spread throughout the trees.  “Snowball” bloom, or heavy clusters of flowers, were less prevalent.  The flower count per bud has also been closer to normal, 2-to-3 flowers, as compared to last year’s 4-to-6 flowers.  Fewer flowers per bud typically translates into more energy distributed into fewer cherries per tree.

After bloom finishes, the next stage of the estimate waiting game begins….from Rainiers in the Orondo area to Chelans in Pasco.  However, it takes several weeks after bloom finishes before growers can determine what will “stick” on the trees…in other words, which flowers were pollinated and will turn into cherries.  Most commercial varieties will drop what they’re going to by the pit hardening stage, typically two to three weeks after bloom, but some cherries like the Chelan can “drop” all the way up to harvest.

Washington is shipping nearly 3200 truck load equivalents of apples weekly – grossing about $7000 to New York City.


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Western States Cherry Shipments; Eastern Shore is Moving Vegetables

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DSCN9486Some Western cherry shipments are finished, but the Northwest cherry crop is coming on….Meanwhile, the Eastern Shore of  Maryland, Virginia and Delaware is underway with vegetables.

California cherry shipments are ending up at nearly 9 million, 18-pound boxes, which would exceed the 8.7 million-box-record loadings in 2008.  It may very well be California’s best and largest sweet cherry season ever as Washington state’s harvest gets underway.  Hollister, CA finished about a week ago.

Last year California finished with 5.1 million boxes after losing about 3 million boxes to rain.

California’s cherry industry has had many disappointments in recent years due to rain or heat.  Inadequate winter chill led to poor fruit set in 2014 and a crop of just 2.7 million boxes.  And 2005 and 2006 were at 3 million boxes or less.

California shipments averaged 250,000 boxes per day between May 5 and June 4, with a peak of 377,000 boxes on May 23.

About 70 percent of California’s crop was shipped to all regions of the U.S. and 9.4 percent to Canada, 9 percent to South Korea and the balance to Japan, China, Hong Kong and a few others.

Pacific Northwest Cherry Shipments

Pacific Northwest cherry shipments are forecast at 22.7 million boxes with Washington cherry shipments accounting 81 percent of  it.   The Northwest counts by 22-pound boxes and California by 18-pound boxes.

The Washington harvest began with the Chelan variety at Doebler Orchard near Mattawa on June 6.

It was a limited run for the first cherries, but packing cranked up about June 15 as more orchards started picking.

Yakima Valley apple and pear shipments – grossing about $4500 to Dallas.

Eastern Shore Vegetable Shipments

All packing sheds on the Eastern Shore were running as of yesterday.

Fresh potato shipments are particularly good for Canada this season with reds, russets and yellows being shipped from areas of the Eastern Shore.  However, the majority of potatoes are shipped throughout the Northeast when those areas are not producing.

The largest russet grower on the Eastern Shore is Yaros Farms in Lower Northampton County.  Dublin Farms in Horntown is one of Virginia’s biggest potato  operations.  It ships 12 to 15 loads daily from late June through mid-August.

When the southern states stop shipping, loadings are redirected there. Depending on the volume from Canadian potatoes from year to year, the Eastern Shore also distributes into in Canada.

There typically is between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of potatoes grown on the Eastern Shore.

C&E Farms in Cheriton, VA, is one of the largest green bean operations in the nation.  C&E Farms also ships green beans from North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. The company has packing facilities in Cheriton and in Parrish, FL.

Virginia’s three major tomato operations, Lipman Family Farms, Pacific Tomato Growers and Del Monte, will be shipping about equal volumes of round, roma, grape, cherry and heirloom tomatoes from late June through September.

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More Traditional Shipments Expected for Northwest Cherries

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DSCN9036Northwest cherry shipments should kick off in early June, with peak loading taking place in July, although there should be significant supply in August.  This means a more traditional shipping season.
An official forecast has yet to be issued but a quality full crop of about 20 million boxes is expected by some observers.   In 2016 NW cherry shipments totaled 21 million boxes, and a record volume of  23 million boxes were loaded in 2014.
The Northwest had one of the coldest winters in nearly a quarter of a century and this will lead to a later start to the season than a year ago.  Cherry picking should start the first week of June, compared with a May 15 start date in 2016.  The 2016 season was the earliest ever for Northwest cherries.
The 2017 shipping season should have peak cherry shipments during July, although good volume of fruit is expected in August.  The past two season there has been about 200,000 to 500,000 boxes shipped in August.  This season  around 2 million or more boxes should be shipped in August.
By comparison, California cherry shipments should be around  7 million to 8 million boxes (see last week’s report), meaning little overlap with Northwest cherry shipments.

Most Northwest cherries originate out of  Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana.  However, 95 percent of the production comes from Washington and Oregon.

The later start date means there will be more fruit in July this season, along with good volumes in August.  While there will a good amount of fruit available for the Fourth of July holidays, volumes would undoubtedly be lower than last year due to the later season.  Last year there were 12 million boxes shipped in June, but this year there will probably be 7 or 8 million boxes shipped during June.

About 30 percent of the NW cherry crop will be exported this season, with a majority of the fruit destined for Canada.

Apricot Shipments

Good, fairly normal apricot shipments are expected this season, getting underway around the third week of June out of Washington.

Washington apples and pears – grossing about $4000 to Dallas.


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Mango imports are Up this Season; Plus NW Cherries

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DSCN7938Mango imports are up significantly this season.  Plus, we take a final look at Northwest cherry shipments.

Brazil Mango Imports

The U.S., the National Mango Board (NMB) has released its latest update from Mexico and Brazil as of August 6, 2016 and reports volume arriving into the U.S. is up nearly one million boxes from last year.

Mango volume shipping the first week of August is about 2.6 million boxes.  During the same week last year, volume was around 1.7 million boxes.  These numbers brought the total mango volume to over 80,5 million boxes arriving mostly at U.S. ports.

The Brazilian mango shipping season runs from July through November, with a projected 8 million boxes forecast.

As of August 6, volume shipped from Brazil was 322,298 boxes for a total of 372,530 thus far this season.  This volume is up an approximate 84,242 boxes from last year at the same time.

Mexico Mango Imports

Additionally, the Mexican mango shipping season, which began in January and will run through October, is expected to provide the U.S. with about 66.5 million boxes of mangos.

At this point last year, volume from Mexico was composed of a total of over 64 millions boxes. This number is slightly lower this year, with a total of 63.1 million cartons.

Though the overall volume is lower as of right now, weekly imports are on the rise.  During the week of August 6 last year, volume arrived from Mexico was approximately 1.7 million.  This year, that number has significantly increased with volume arriving from Mexico on the same week at around 2.6 million boxes.

Cherry Shipments

Northwest cherry growers shipped nearly 21 million pounds of fruit this year.  Some are describing the crop as “vintage” and the “best eating” fruit in many years.

Due to the larger sized cherries, forecasters changed their estimates upwards.  On June 1, this year’s crop was estimated at 19.6 million boxes, but by August 4th, the last estimate of the season, it had risen to 20. 8 million boxes, thanks not only to bigger sizes but to less drop on some varieties.

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NW Cherry Shipments are Heavy

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DSCN7645by Northwest Cherry Growers

June was a big month for Northwest cherry shipments, and July is looking great as well.

Here in the Northwest we have been graced with mild growing weather the past 10 days.   A cool weather system pushed hot weather out of the region on June 7th.  Growers are reporting that the mild temperatures (70-75 Fahrenheit) during the day and at night (mid 40’s F) have produced large, firm fruit that is loaded with sugars!

This recent run of cooler temperatures has resulted in later varieties being pushed back – some growers are expecting to harvest their Canadian varieties 4 to 5 days later than they did last year.   The Bing Harvest continues at mid-elevation levels throughout Washington, Oregon, Utah and Idaho.  Montana is looking at a June 25th start date this year.   With plenty of Bings left to harvest in the later districts, the earlier growing regions are starting on Skeena and Lapins June 25th.   Significantly, most all of our later growers expect most of their crop in July this year.

Through June 15th the industry has shipped 5,581,665 million 20 lb. equivalent boxes.  Included within that total are 453,909 fifteen-pound boxes of Rainiers. This will certainly be one of the largest Junes on record for a variety of statistics, and retailers who took an early lead with strong promotions are sharing stories of correlating records as well.

With cherry shipments at a full but not yet peak rate, displays and circular ads should be geared to pull in the occasional and impulse-cherry buyers who are more likely to repeat-purchase cherries with earlier exposure.

Consumer media efforts accelerated in conjunction with our season, and the initial results are hitting shelves & inboxes around the world.  Nielsen research indicates that heralding the start of the cherry season is an impactful boost to consumer awareness, even in today’s headline-saturated and social media-driven world.

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NW U.S., and B.C. Should be Excellent for Cherry Hauling

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DSCN2829+1The Northwest United States, including British Columbia, is shaping up to be an excellent season for produce haulers to haul cherries.

With a very early start expected for Northwest cherry shipments, the prognosticators expects to ship 20.7 million 20-pound boxes this season.  Initial cherry shipments from the Northwest should get underway between May 23 and May 25.  A total of 200,000 boxes could be shipped in May alone.

If this estimate holds, Northwest cherry loadings would be  7 percent above last year’s 19.3 million boxes, but short of the record 23.2 million boxes shipped in 2014.  Rainier cherry shipments in 2016 are expected to total 1.7 million 15-pound boxes, about the same as last year.
The total Northwest cherry industry has the potential to ship 11 million boxes in June and another 9 million in July.   Good volume cherry shipments are expected to start in early June, with significant cherry volume by the week of June 15th.  Peak cherry shipments are expected between the middle of June and continue through the middle of July.
Yakima Valley apple shipments – grossing about $6000 to New York City.

B.C. Cherry Shipments

British Columbia cherry shipments will start in early June.  Record shipments are predicted this season with 12 million pounds being estimated.  This volume would be up from the 10.5 million pounds in 2015.   Most British Columbia cherry shipments are destined for markets in Western Canada and the United States.

California Cherry Shipments

California cherry shipments are  now in full throttle from the San Joaquin Valley.  A good, but not record crop is now being shipped and will continue for another couple of weeks.

San Joaquin Valley produce  shipments- grossing about $4400 to Chicago.

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