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California Shipping Outlook includes Dates, Walnuts, Almonds, and Pistachios

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Dates-medjoolHere’s a shipping outlook for dates and various nuts coming out of California.

A bumper crop of California date shipments is seen by some coming out the Southern California desert region, with yields reported to be 20 percent higher than last season.

Harvest got underway with the beginning of September.  Among the major California date shippers are Hadley Date Gardens of Thermal, Atlas Produce and Distribution of Bakersfield, and Sunsweet Growers Inc. of Yuba City.

Walnut and Almond Shipments

California grows and ships nearly all walnuts in the U.S. and has 315,000 bearing acres due to the region’s mild climate and deep fertile soils providing ideal growing conditions.

2016 California walnut shipments are forecast at 670,000 tons, up 11 percent  from 2015’s volume of 603,000 tons.  For the season starting in 2016 there was an impressive 16.8 percent jump in loadings.  Growing conditions and quality are reported good for the 2017 crop.  One of the larger California nut shippers is Mariani Nut Co. of Winters, CA,  which grows almonds and walnuts in the Sacramento Valley on 14,000 irrigated acres.

This year’s pistachio shipments are predicted to be down significantly from a year ago, while the walnut volume also is off, with almonds projected to be up 5 percent.  Pistachio volume is expected to be about 650 million pounds, while volume a year ago exceeded 900 million pound as the nut is known for it alternate bearing years with up and down shipments from season to season.  A leading pistachio shipper is Meridian Growers of Fresno.

California walnut shipments are forecast at 650,000 tons, down 5 percent from a year ago when there were record loadings amounting to 686,000 tons.  The 2017 California walnut loadings are pegged at 2.25 billion meat pounds coming off of 1 million bearing acres, an increase of 5.1 percent from last year’s 2.14 billion pounds.

Wonderful Pistachio and Almonds of Los Angeles is a leading shipper of pistachios and almonds that launched a football campaign earlier this month featuring Richard Sherman of Seattle and Clay Matthews of Green Bay.

 

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Pistachio Shipments are Expected Down This Season

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DSCN2934The California pistachio harvest is going full bore and the state accounts for 99 percent of pistachio shipments in the U.S.  This year is an off-year for pistachio trees, and may be off even more than usual for this type of year.

A mild California winter failed to provide enough chilling hours, adversely affecting pollination.  However, the California drought also is hurting.
California’s lack of water is also impacting yields because the trees form a shell first and during a later stage, the nut fills the shell during a critical time. As a result many trees are only producing shells and the share of blanks has increased significantly.   At this point it is difficult to predict total shipments, but the hare of blanks in some orchards are as high as 70 percent.
Between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 California exported 61 percent of its pistachio production. China is the number one market for the US, followed by the European Union.   Iran is the US’ main competitor in pistachio production, and the U.S. is at a disadvantage in China because of Iran’s proximity to China.

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California Citrus, Huron District Lettuce are Starting Shipments Soon

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134_3469It will be a few more weeks before California citrus shipments really get cranked up from the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. 

About 88 million cartons of California navels should be loaded this season, down slightly at  2 percent from last season.  A few growers started harvest the week of October 7.  Limited shipments will be underway at the end of October, with good loading opportunities coming the second week of November, just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Table grapes continue to provide heavy volume from the San Joaquin Valley, and it is little wonder if you’ve tasted the fruit this season.  With high sugar levels, consumers, including me, keep going back to the store for more.  About 1,800 truck loads of grapes per week are being loaded  in California. 

Carrot Shipments

There is steady movement of carrots out of the Kern District in the Bakersfield area, averaging over 300 truck load equivalents per week.

Huron Lettuce Shipments

It’s only about a 30-day window for head lettuce loadings coming out of the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley, known as the Huron district.  Harvest  has just started, but it will be the week of October 28th before significant loadings occur….Meanwhile lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower continue out of the Salinas Valley in light to moderate volume.

Pistachio Shipments 

 The forecast pegs shipments amounting to 460 million pounds, off from 550 million pounds a year ago.  Expect substantially higher prices in your local supermarkets.

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