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by California Pear Advisory Board
Sacramento, CA — With pear shipments higher than originally anticipated and ongoing harvest of multiple varieties, the California pear industry is perfectly positioned for fall.
“California Bartlett pear volume is coming in over 15 percent higher than the pre-season crop estimate,” said Chris Zanobini, executive director of the California Pear Advisory Board. “Quality and sizing have been exceptional for the fresh market and we are expecting strong availability through the fall.”
Zanobini said that as of August 21, California shippers have packed 1.6 million boxes of Bartletts and 300,000 boxes of Golden Bosc, Comice, French Butter and a number of red pear varieties.
“Bartlett harvest in the mountain districts is about halfway through and other varietal harvest is just beginning with strong availability of all varieties available now and through the fall,” said Zanobini. “Record high sugars and firm pressures are resulting in great shipping and eating pears this season.”
California pears are shipping throughout the country.
The organization has a strong social media program and is partnering with several chains to tell the story of local pear farmers like Chuck Baker, depicted in a video currently being shared with consumers and retailers as part of the Pear Advisory Board’s social marketing program.
All efforts are aimed at telling consumers the story of California pears which are sustainably raised by pear farming families who are growing pears on the same land as their great-great grandparents. This story is shared on the organization’s website various and social media channels
“September is officially Farm-to-Fork month in Sacramento – which bills itself as America’s Farm-to-Fork capital,” explained Zanobini. “With the strong volume and good quality now available, California pears are perfectly positioned for promotions throughout the months of September and October. We are pushing hard for support among California retailers whose customers demand locally-grown products when they are in season.”
Northwest pear shipments are underway with an estimated 20.2 million 44-pound box equivalents for the new season, which is the fourth-largest crop in history.
Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts in Washington and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts released the forecast in early August, increasing an earlier estimate of 18.9 million boxes. The
Pear Bureau Northwest reports in a news releast harvest has begun in all four growing districts, about a week earlier than the 2017-18 season, but closer to the historical start date. Harvest will continue through September.
“After last year’s very small crop, our growers are pleased to have a full crop of great quality pears to meet growing consumer demand,” Kevin Moffitt, president and CEO of Pear Bureau Northwest said in the release. “Retailers have a strong opportunity for pear category growth in the produce department this season and we are prepared to provide them with individual category analysis, consumer insights, and effective promotions to drive pear sales.”
Estimates for the leading varieties, in 44-pound box equivalents:
- Green anjou — 9.9 million (49 percent of total Northwest crop)
- Bartlett — 5.3 million (26 percent of total crop)
- Bosc — 3.2 million (16 percent of total crop)
- Red Anjou — 1 million (5 percent of total crop)
Washington and Oregon growers estimate organic production this season at 2 million 44-pound boxes, which is 10 percent of the total Northwest crop. The industry’s organic forecast is for about 753,000 boxes of green anjous, 698,000 boxes of bartletts and 384,000 boxes of bosc pears.
Growth in the organic pear crop is due to newly transitioned orchards and a strong pear crop overall, according to the release.
Harvest of starkrimsons has started in most Northwest districts, and bartletts started the week of August 12th. By the end of August, comice, bosc, forelle and seckel picking will have started, followed by anjous.
The USDA released overall U.S. pear shipment estimates, putting the season’s crop at 739,200 tons, an increase of less than 1 percent from last season.
Bartlett production, at 336,400 tons, is 1 percent down from last season.
Other pear production in the Pacific Coast states is forecast at 402,800 tons, 2 percent above last year.
“Growers in Oregon and Washington reported a solid crop with excellent quality, but had concerns that significant fire blight issues could reduce current production,” the USDA said.
Washington pears, apples and stone fruit – grossing about $7300 to New York City.
by Pear Bureau Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. – Pear growers and producers from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts estimated this year’s fresh pear harvest at 18.9 million standard box equivalents, or approximately 415,000 tons of fresh pear shipments.
The estimate will mark an 18 percent increase from the 2017 harvest – an unusually small crop – and will be equal to the five-year average.
Pick dates for the coming harvest are projected to be roughly a week earlier than last season, staying close to the historical average. Starkrimson are expected to be picked in early August, with the Bartlett harvest expected in mid-August. Anjou is expected to happen in late August in all districts while Bosc and Comice varieties will be harvested beginning in September and span through early October. Finally, Concorde, Forelle and Seckel will be picked in September and October across the four growing districts.
Out of the leading varieties, the estimates for this season are 9.3 million standard boxes for Green Anjou (about 49.6 percent of total Northwest fresh pear crop), 4.6 million standard boxes of Bartlett (24 percent of the total crop), and 3.2 million Bosc (16 percent of the total crop). Red Anjou will represent 5.6 percent of the crop with a potential 1.1 million standard boxes.
The Green Anjou crop is showing a projected increase of 10 percent compared to the smaller crop in 2017, but down 5 percent from a five-year average. Growers estimate that the Bartlett pear crop will be up 24 percent compared to last season, marking a 5 percent increase over a five-year average. The Bosc crop is estimated to be 42 percent higher than last season’s small crop and 8 percent above the five-year average, while Red Anjou production is expected to be 7 percent higher than last year and 5 percent above the five-year average.
The organic pear estimate is expected to come in at 1.64 million standard boxes (36,000 metric tons), which is 8.7 percent of the total Northwest crop. Newly transitioned orchards and a strong pear crop overall have contributed to the growth in organic pears. Out of the entire organic crop, growers project 583,500 standard boxes of Green Anjou, with the Bartlett and Bosc crops sizes projected at 564,700 and 321,050 standard boxes, respectively.
Washington apples and stone fruit – grossing about $7700 to New York City.
Washington and Oregon pear shipments will be down only slightly when the new season arrives….Meanwhile Imported New Zealand apples are arriving at American ports.
2017 pear shipments from Washington and Oregon should total 17.6 million boxes, 2 percent less than in 2016 and 10 percent less than the five-year average, according to the first industry estimate for the season.
- 8.9 million boxes of green anjous, about 51 percent of total Northwest fresh pear crop and up 7 percent from 2016;
- 4.4 million boxes of bartletts (25 percent of the total crop), down 4 percent from 2016 and 2 percent off the five-year average;
- 2.2 million boxes of boscs (13 percent of the total crop).
- 1.1 million boxes of red anjous (6 percent of the crop), 10 percent higher than 2016.
U.S. fresh apples remaining in storages to be shipped for the 2016-17 season are up by double digits.
Western produce shipments out of California, Washington and Arizona are making their typical fall season moves.
We are about a month into the fall produce shipping season and it is very much still in a transitional period for fresh fruit and vegetable shipments. Some items are increasing in volume, others are in a seasonal decrease, yet we have some products that are a few weeks, if not months away from changes – meanwhile remaining in a fairly steady amount of shipments from week to week.
California Produce Shipments
Table grape shipments out of the San Joaquin Valley in recent years have been one of the more steady, reliable items for hauling – with generally good quality that certainly reduces issues with claims or deductions in freight paid. This situation should continue for another six to eight weeks before a seasonal decline takes place making way for imported grapes led by Chile. California’s late season grape volume is averaging over 1900 truck loads per week…..The Central Joaquin Valley also is having consistent loadings with mature green and romas tomatoes – around 650 loads weekly. A little further south in Kern County, California carrots are averaging about 375 truck load equivalents per week.
It has been a rather ho-hum shipping season for vegetables out of the Salinas Valley. Still, loadings have been pretty consistent lately and should remain so for a few more weeks before a seasonal decline. Among the larger volume items are head lettuce, romaine, celery, broccoli and cauliflower. These five items combined are averaging over 3700 truck loads per week.
California grapes – grossing about $6200 to New York City.
Washington Apple Shipments
Apple loadings out of the Yakima and Wenatchee valleys have yet to hit stride in the new season, but are increasing on a weekly basis. This week about 500 truck load equivalents should be moved. Pear shipments from the same area also are increasing.
Washington apples and pears – grossing about $4200 to Chicago.
Arizona Produce Shipments
As the Westside district in the San Joaquin Valley comes to a conclusion for melon shipments led by cantaloupe and honeydew, the fall transition to central and western Arizona is underway. Arizona cantaloupe volume is on the rise, and honeydew will follow in a couple of weeks.
Total 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.
Pacific Northwest Produce Shipments
The fourth largest volume of pear shipments out of the Pacific Northwest is seen for the 2015-16 season, with an estimated 20 million-plus boxes. While this is 2 percent below last year, it is 2 percent above a five-year average. Pear shipments last season was the second highest on record. The total Northwest summer-fall pear volume is anticipated to be approximately 4.8 million boxes, down 6 percent from 2014. The total Northwest winter pear volume is expected to be about 15.6 million boxes, unchanged from 2014.
Meanwhile, the old apple and pear crop continues to be shipped, while cherry loadings are virtually finished. Still, 2000 truck load equivalents of apples continue to be loaded weekly.
Yakima and Wenatchee Valley apple and pear shipments – grossing about $4400 to Chicago.
California Produce Shipments
San Joaquin Valley table grapes continue to be shipped in steady volume, averaging nearly 1500 truck loads per week….Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley may have modest pear shipments to the Northwest, the new crop is averaging around 175 truck loads per week…..The San Joaquin Valley continues to ship a wide variety of product ranging from cantaloupe, honeydew and other melons from the Westside district, plus the valley has a host of vegetables and tomatoes being loaded. Still, mostly adequate truck supplies are being reported to handle the demand.
San Joaquin Valley produce – grossing about $7100 to New York City.
by Pear Bureau Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. – The annual meeting of Northwest pear growers was conducted recently in Portland, with anticipated projections on the 2015 fresh pear shipments set at nearly 20.4 million standard box equivalents which equates to approximately 451,000 tons of fresh pears. The projection is 2% higher than the five-year average, and 2% lower than last year’s crop. The estimate was collected from fresh pear growers in Wenatchee and Yakima, Washington and Mid-Columbia and Medford, Oregon growing districts.
With relatively mild winter and warm spring conditions in the regions, harvest is expected to be five to seven days earlier than last season, beginning in late July with Starkrimson, followed by the Bartlett harvest in early August. Anjou, Red Anjou, Bosc, Comice, Concorde, Forelle, and Seckel will be picked from late August through September. With no major frost issues, crop quality is expected to be excellent with good fruit size for the domestic and export markets.
The top three varieties produced by Northwest growers remain the same as in previous years; Green Anjou pears are anticipated to make up 54% of the total 2015 crop, and Bartlett and Bosc pears are expected to yield 21% and 15%, respectively.
Harvest of certified organic pears in the Northwest is projected to make up about 5% of the total with 974,115 standard boxes (21,430 tons) for the 2015 harvest, a decrease of over 11% when compared with a strong 2014 organic crop, but still a healthy 8% increase over the five-year average. Bartlett and Green Anjou are the two most abundant organic pear varieties, with Bartlett estimated at 301,500 organic standard boxes, and Green Anjou projected yield at 377,000 boxes for 2015.
Washington apples, pears and cherries – grossing about $5900 to Houston.
Northwest cherry shipments are peaking, but loadings will probably be down significantly by mid-July. After a slow start due to late rains, Washington cherry shipments have hit stride the second half of June, with plenty of loadings heading into the Fourth of July. No record cherry shipments are seen this season, with the crop likely topping out at 16 million to 17 million boxes.
2015 fresh pear shipments forecast at nearly 20.4 million boxes. which is 2 percent higher than the five-year average, and 2percent lower than the 2014 crop. Loadings should begin about a week earlier than last season, starting in late July.
Apple shipments, pear shipments from the old crop, and new crop cherry shipments – grossing about $4500 to Chicago, $7500 to New York City.
Chilean Orange Imports
The initial arrivals of Chilean imported navel oranges arrived recently in the U.S. with 11,200 boxes on the boat. Future arrivals at US ports on both coast will build in the weeks ahead and continue into early November.
Good supplies of imported asparagus are arriving from Central Mexico by truck a US border crossings and by boat at US ports from Peru. “Grass” is a popular grilling item with many Americans over the Independence holiday.