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.
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.
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.More Packer Stories for Asian Pears
Market Scope - Asian pears — F.o.b.s as of April 14
CHILE — Imports (3-2-1) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Cartons one-layer hosui 8-14s $13-14, 16s $12.50-13.50, 18s $11.50-12.50, 20s $9.50-10.50, 22s $8.50-9.50; shinseiki 8-10s $13-14, 12-14s $12.50-13.50, 16s $11.50-12.50. Cartons two-layer hosui 44s $15. Quality good.
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