The likelihood of an asian pear purchase slipped two percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012. Younger shoppers clearly prefer this crunchy fruit. The likelihood of purchase decreased according to age.
With the addition of a grower in the Reedley, Calif., area, Homegrown Organic Farms has increased the volume and lengthened the season for organic Asian pears it offers retailers.
Frieda’s is supporting the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program and has worked with schools to assist wholesale partners in bringing more specialty items into schools.
Giumarra Wenatchee, a division of Los Angeles-based The Giumarra Cos., is back for a second year with a pear — Angelys — that enjoys a longer summer window than other New Zealand varieties.
Asian pear markets should strengthen when California yields to a much smaller Chilean crop.
Considering the amount of bad luck the Chilean fruit industry had this fall with drought and a severe freeze, Western Fresh Marketing Inc. finds itself in pretty good shape.More Packer Stories for Asian Pears
Market Scope - Asian pears — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 18
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (6-4-9) — Movement expected to increase. Trading good. Prices generally unchanged. Carton one-layer hosui 12s $17.85-18.85, 14s $14.85-15.85, 16s $13.85-14.85; cartons two-layer 40s $20.85-24.85, 48s $17.85-20.85. Extra services included.