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Big Shipments of Mexican Grapes are Seen; Hood River Oregon Pears will be Late

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DSCN9470Big volume Mexican grape shipments are underway and volume and is more than double that of California’s Coachella Valley, which also has  is shipping.  Meanwhile, here’s a peak at Hood River pear shipments coming this summer.

Mexican grape shipments should hit nearly  20 million cases this year, exceeding 2016 volume by 3.3 million cases.

Nearly all Mexican grapes are grown in the state of Sonora.

Export volume this season is estimated at 19.4 million cartons compared to last year’s total exports of 16.1 million.

As usual, 2017’s biggest increase will come from the red Flame variety, which is up 1.3 million cases over a year ago.  Flames this year should total of 10.5 million cases from Sonora.  A year ago, that production was 9.2 million, or an increase of 12.5 percent.

With 3.9 million cases, Sugraone again exceeds the green grape category with the Sugraone volume  up by 22.9 percent.  This is 892,000 cases more thane 2016, totaling 3 million cases.  The third-largest Sonoran grape category this year are green grapes, which includes Perlettes, Primes and early green varieties. T hat total volume is expected to be up 17.2 percent this year to 3 million cases, up 515,000 from last year.

The biggest increase for 2017, is the black grape volume at 35.3 percent.  Black grapes this year should total 900,000 cartons compared to 582,000 in 2016.

Red Globe production in 2017 is up 26.1 percent to 700,000 and other varieties are up 25.6 percent to 400,000 this season.

Sonoran volume was building in early May, and peaked in mid-May with heavy shipments seen forfor Memorial Day (May 29) and well into June.  Mexican grape shipments continue until late June.

Oregon Pear Shipments

Oregon’s Hood River pear shipments will start later this season due to winter growing conditions.  A year ago, the regional harvest and packing got under way the last week of July  The 2017 season is running seven to 10 days later than normal, and three weeks behind a year ago.  This means shipments of bartletts and starkrimson won’t start until later in August. Pear loading will continue through October.  Green anjou, red anjou, bosc, comice, forelle and seckel are usually about three weeks behind bartletts and should start shipping by mid-September.

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Shipping Updates: Mango Imports, Apple and Pear Loadings

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DSCN6959From Peruvian imported mangoes, to Oregon pears and Washington apples, here’s an update on opportunities to haul produce.

Peru plans to export 10.5 million boxes to the U.S. this season, up from 7.8 million boxes last season.  An early start in Peru and continued big imports from Ecuador pushed mango volumes up in December, and fruit arrivals should remain in good volume through January.

Ecuadorian mango volumes peaked through the week of Dec. 21 before sliding and by mid-January Peru should account for most of the volume.

About 65 percent of the late December arrivals were slated for the East Coast, 35 percent for the West Coast, because of  faster delivery times to the East Coast.

Oregon Pear Shipments

Jackson County, Oregon where Medford is located, is one of the state’s big pear-growing regions.  The rest of the state’s commercial pear trees are mostly in the Hood River area.  Together, those two regions account for about 25 percent of  pear shipments in the U.S.

Washington Apple Shipments

Washington apple and fruit shipments were hit last season due to the 2015 drought.  The Washington State Department of Agriculture reports drought caused 85 percent of the state to be in “extreme drought” status at the drought’s peak in late August.  The result of the heat and lack of rain caused Washington apples to suffer a 5  percent drop in loadings and a 7 percent decline in blueberry shipments.

Early harvested varieties were most affected by low water availability and high temperatures in the Yakima basin.  However, growing regions in the north were not hurt as badly by the drought.  The 2015 Washington apple crop was first estimated at near 125 million cartons, but that estimate was reduced by 5 percent to 118 million cartons by the end of the summer.  Shipments for the harvested crop should continue through most of the summer.
Washington state apple and pear shipments – grossing about $5500 to Atlanta.


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