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by Pear Bureau Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. – The start of the Northwest pear harvest season kicks off with actress Amy Smart’s new role as official spokesperson for USA Pears. Known for her roles in hit films like Just Friends andThe Butterfly Effect, and her upcoming role in Tyson’s Run, Smart has also established herself as a trusted voice of sustainable living and healthy eating – even tending her own garden at home.
The 2018 harvest of Northwest pears, hand-picked and hand-packed with care by Pacific Northwest growers, is now available in grocery stores. Starting in early August with the picking of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears, the harvest season will last through late September with remaining varieties including Anjou, Bosc and Comice. This year’s harvest is estimated to yield 20.2 million standard boxes (average 44 lbs per box) of pears from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts.
“Knowing where my food comes from is one of my highest priorities, and when I visited the Pacific Northwest to see the harvest for myself I was incredibly inspired by the pride and dedication of the pear growers,” says Smart. “Harvest time is a special time, and I’m so happy I could see the start of this year’s pear crop before it made its way to stores.”
Smart will be working with USA Pears throughout the 2018-19 pear season to share her favorite pear-inspired recipes, featuring many of the 10 varieties of pears, as well as important tips on how to enjoy pears to the fullest. The videos will correspond mostly to the seasonal promotional themes of Hand-picked Harvest, Holiday Inspiration, and nutrition. For the most part, these videos will be used on social media and in digital ads, as well as shared with retailers.
“We are excited to share our work with Amy Smart with consumers and retailers. Along with our other promotional efforts throughout the season, the videos with Amy Smart will show our commitment to engaging our audience and growing the demand for pears, as well as our ongoing work bringing enthusiasm to the category,” stated Kathy Stephenson, Marketing Communications Director of Pear Bureau Northwest.
The endorsement support was partially paid for by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Oregon Department of Agriculture on behalf of the Oregon State pear growers.
About Pear Bureau Northwest
Pear Bureau Northwest is a non-profit marketing organization established in 1931 to promote the fresh pears grown in Washington and Oregon, home to 88% of the US commercial fresh pear crop. The Bureau represents close to 900 grower families and partners with outlets throughout the world in an effort to increase overall success with the pear category. The organization provides marketing and merchandising expertise that is customized specifically for each retail organization, using its pear consumer research findings as well as individual store analysis using an in-house data system that measures pear category performance nationwide and third-party research to show retailers how they perform versus their competition.
About Amy Smart
After steady appearances as Alison on the television series Justified, Amy Smart can most recently be seen recurring on the hit CBS series MacGyver. Before that she appeared in the Lifetime Original film Sister Cities, alongside actresses Troian Bellisario, Stana Katic and Michelle Trachtenberg. She has several project that are scheduled to come out next year including Tyson’s Run with Rory Cochrane and Barkhad Abdi, and Brawler with Zach McGowan.
Outside of her acting career, Smart has been involved with a variety of philanthropic organizations. She was a speaker for Heal the Bay, an organization that works on cleaning up the ocean, for seven years. She was also previously named one of “Organic Style” magazine’s “Women with Organic Style”. The award is given to women who do inspiring things, making the world a better place. She presently sits on the board of directors for both the Environmental Media Association and Heal The Bay. She continues to work with the environmental advocacy groups Environment California and Best Friends Animal Society.
Volume and loading opportunities for Northwest pears should be similar to last season.
If the forecast holds this should translate into early variety pears shipped for the summer and fall pear season in 2016 being down 3 percent, followed by winter pear volume that continues well in 2017 being up 2 percent.
Rainier Fruit of Selah, WA, as well as most other pear growers started shipping bartlets in mid August and anjouis in early Septembers, about two to three weeks later than last season.
The Pear Bureau Northwest projects shipments near 18 million boxes, down about 9 percent from the five-year average. The forecast for loading opportunities improved a little from the June 2 estimate, which predicted volume would be down about 2 percent from last season.
Probably the biggest change is Bosc shipments are projected to decline by 19 percent from last season and a 16 percent drop from the five-year average.
New Pear Variety
WENATCHEE, Wash. — Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers of Wenatchee, WA will have limited shipments this season of Gem, a new pear variety, which is about five years away from full production. The limited volume will be shared this season with retail customers and a few consumers to start gathering some feedback on the fruit.
The pear is expected to be a relatively convenient offering compared to other options in the category, meaning it can be eaten out of hand. The taste is said to be more like a Bartlett, but a little spicier type taste to it. A lot of times with pears one has to wait for it to change color or check the neck to gauge its ripeness. Another appeal with the Gem is it does not instantly brown when cut. This could possibly lead to value-added opportunities such as packaged pear slices, which has become so popular with apples.
Oneonta markets fruit for Diamond Fruit Growers of Hood River, OR.
Fewer Vidalia onions have been shipped thus far this season. About 1.5 million 40-pound packages had been shipped through May, about 40 percent compared to by the same time last year. Shipments of fresh Vidalias finished in early June now loadings are coming from good supplies of onions from storage. Vidalias out of storage should be available through Labor Day.
Fewer shipments of Northwest pears are being forecast for the up coming season starting in late July. About 18.7 million boxes are expected to be hauled out of Washington and Oregon in the 2014-15 season, 13 percent less than in 2013-14 and 6 percent less than the five-year. The harvest should wind down in mid-October. Green anjous are expected to make up 53 percent of the Northwest volume, with bartletts at 23 percent and boscs 14 percent.
Yakima Valley apples, pears and cherries – grossing about $4300 to Chicago.
Shipments of cantaloupe and honeydew from Central California (Westside District) could get underway anywhere from a few days, to a couple of weeks early, depending on the field. There will be light volume the first two or three weeks of July, with much better movement beginning in late July and continuing into October. There has been a reduction of acreage in some of the earlier growing districts such as Huron and an increase in plantings farther north in such areas as Los Banos and Turlock.
Central San Joaquin Valley fruit – grossing about $8800 to New York City – higher towards the end of the week.