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By Titan Farms
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. – Titan Farms, the premier grower, packer and processor of peaches in the Eastern United States, has kicked off another season of South Carolina peaches, with initial loadings that took place in time for Memorial Day celebrations.
Titan Farms is the second largest producer of peaches in the country behind California and the largest producer in the East Coast with over 6,000 acres in production.
“We’re the only vertically integrated peach grower on the East Coast. We grow it, we pack it, we sell it. This gives us optimal control over quality at all times,” says Daryl Johnston, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Titan Farms.s
“We’re excited to get peach season started here in South Carolina,” says, Johnston. “We had an optimal winter that will provide our customers with a great tasting peach throughout the season. With an increasing interest in consumer packs – especially the two-pound bag, volume fill and retail promotions, we’re looking forward to an exciting year with our partners. At the end of the day, our goal is to help our retail partners grow their peach category. We are supporting them with a range of different retail promotions to help drive their sales.”
About Titan Farms
Titan Farm peaches will be shipping from the end of May through early September to retailers across the U.S.
Based in Ridge Spring, South Carolina, Titan Farms is the premier grower, packer and shipper of over 3 million boxes of fresh peaches, broccoli and bell peppers annually.
by Doug Ohlemeier, PerishableNews.com
Growers are assessing damage from a mid-March freeze which could prevent South Carolina growers from commercially packing peaches this summer. During the overnight hours of March 15, temperatures sunk to 20 degrees and destroyed as much as 90 percent of the state’s peach crop.
Titan Farms, headquartered in Ridge Spring, SC, doesn’t plan to run its commercial packing line. Up to 90 percent of its peaches were damaged. Daryl Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing, reports the grower-shipper may have lost all its crop.
Because of a mild winter, a majority of Titan Farms’ varieties and groves were already in bloom. The buds couldn’t handle the record low temperatures. Before the freeze, Titan Farms was optimistic it would experience a favorable crop and begin packing by May 1, about three weeks earlier than normal, says Johnson.
“What is ironic is if the freezes hadn’t happened for both Georgia and South Carolina, we would probably have had South Carolina peaches in the marketplace before Georgia,” explains Johnson. “Our main goal is to assess the situation, work with our employees and go into a more conservative mode. We are taking care of our people and letting every one of our partners know what happened, because they have to adjust accordingly to what they need to do without our peaches.”
Johnson says he’s hearing Georgia growers lost up to half of their peaches. Georgia typically begins harvesting in mid-May and finishes by late August while South Carolina, which is the largest East Coast fresh producing state, generally begins in late May and early June and harvests through early September.
Martin Eubanks, assistant commissioner of agriculture for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture in Columbia, says he’s hearing about similar losses and estimates damage at 85 percent -95 percent. The freeze destroyed the front end of the crop as well as the later season varieties. The drop in the thermometer was among the lowest the state has seen this time of year in history. “At this point in time, it is still to be determined if we will have a packinghouse that opens and actually runs a commercial peach this season,” says Eubanks. “We will have peaches in July and August, but there will not be an overabundance.”
Eubanks estimates growers should take three to four weeks before they know how much fruit they can ship. Titan Farms, which normally ships 2.2 million 25-pound cartons a year, plans to sell field-run fruit locally, says Johnson. The company markets itself as the second largest U.S. peach grower-shipper.
South Carolina peaches shippers are touting one of their best seasons ever.
The peach state should easily surpass 4 million 25-pound boxes this season. This compares to last season when 3.5 million boxes were shipped.
South Carolina now has 20,000 acres of peach orchards, and recently surpassed the half-way mark in the season. The biggest peach shipper in the state is Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, SC, which has shipped about a million boxes this season and another million boxes is left to be moved. The shipper is reported to be loading about 100 truck loads per week.
Another shipper in the state is McLeod Farms in McBee, SC, which has peaches coming of off 650 acres.
South Carolina ranks second in peach shipments, with the Upstate and The Ridge area of the state, producing about 80 percent of the state’s peaches.
South Carolina peaches and vegetables – grossing bout $3200 to New York City.
North Carolina Watermelon Shipments
Watermelon rates went a little “crazy” this past week from the Tar Heel state, jumping by as much as 35 percent to Baltimore and Philly. Volume has jumped, with the state moving over 600 truck loads per week.
North Carolina watermelons – grossing about $1600 Baltimore.
New York Produce Shipments
Cabbage, beans and other vegetables from central and western areas of New York state are increasing in volume.
Spring South Carolina produce shipments are taking place, although the main volume is still ahead in the weeks and months to come. However, it is not going to be a normal, or typical year for shipments due to weather factors.
South Carolina peaches rank second in volume nationally, however a freeze wiped out the early season peaches. While there will be limited volume in June, it will July and August before there are significant peach shipments.
South Carolina Vegetable Shipments
The state also ranks in the top six in the nation for leafy green, cantaloupe and watermelons, while placing eighth in cumber volume.
It has been cooler longer than normal in South Carolina slowing the 0growth of vegetables, plus some crops had to be replanted due to the earlier freezing conditions. More recent warmer weather has crops trying to catch up. The state ships produce throughout the year. Currently, South Carolina vegetable loadings range from leafy greens, to more limited amounts of broccoli and asparagus.
Among the early season summer items to start shipping in the next month or so are watermelons, cabbage and early summer vegetables, plus blueberries.