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.
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.
California Asian pear volumes will be down slightly this season, but marketers report excellent quality and strong demand.
Produce industry veteran Jim Gallagher has been named chief executive officer of Fruit Patch Sales Inc.
CHILE — Imports (2-5-7) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to increase. Port of entry: Los Angeles. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Cartons one-layer hosui 10-12s $10-12, 14-18s $8-10, 20s $7-9; shinseiki 10s $10-12, 12s $9-11, 14-18s $7-9. Quality good. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Cartons one-layer hosui 10s $9-11, 12s $8-10, 14-16s $7-9, 18-20s $6-8; shinseiki 10s $8-10, 12s $7-9, 14s $6-8, 16-18s $5-7. Quality good.