The likelihood of a cherry purchase dropped seven percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012, putting purchases near the level they were in 2011. The summer fruit was favored by consumers with kids at home, as was the case last year.
A wind and dust storm that hit the Bakersfield, Calif., region May 5 took a bite out of Kern County’s stone fruit and nut crops.
Stockton, Calif.-based O-G Packing & Cold Storage Co. has upgraded one of its three cherry packing lines with the installation of a Unitech optical sorter and other changes.
Parker Anderson has moved up to account manager at Family Tree Farms Inc., Reedley, Calif., after working summers there while attending Fresno Pacific University, director of marketing Don Goforth said.
Wenatchee, Wash.-based McDougall & Sons Inc. has begun construction of a storage, distribution and packing facility in two phases, the first expected to open around Sept. 1.
California cherries should be available in promotable volumes for Memorial Day, but bing volumes will be substantially lower than last year.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (2-26-152) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Shipments of burlats and pollinators have begun with light movement of brooks to follow. The first f.o.b. was expected to begin on or around May 16. No f.o.b. issued as of May 13.