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.
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.
In anticipation of the 2013-14 season, Booth Ranches LLC, Orange Cove, Calif., has increased its bagging capacity to meet customer demand and has added the capability to produce full-wrap bags.
Officials at the Oppenheimer Group say the Taylor’s Gold pears from New Zealand this season are possibly the best ever.
Grower-shippers and importers expect a smooth transition from California to Chilean Asian pears, with continued steady movement and demand.
Weather and demand from other markets could affect supplies of Chilean cherries, Asian pears and other fruits this winter.More Packer Stories for Asian Pears
Market Scope - Asian pears — Fo.b.s as of Nov. 4
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (5-3-2) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons one-layer shinko 12s $12.50-13.75, 14s $11.50-12.75, 16s $9-10.75; cartons two-layer 44s mostly $16.75. Extra services included.