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.
The Star Group’s Consolidated Fruit Packers is planning a packing facility in Osoyoos, British Columbia.
Chilean cherry exports to North America could soar 45% this season.
Columbia Marketing International, Wenatchee, Wash., has named Kroger veteran Don Patella regional marketing director.
The Oppenheimer Group expects to have promotable volumes of South American cherries for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
The Produce Marketing Association has joined with more than 100 other business and food groups in the U.S. to ask Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to rescind portions of the country of origin labeling requirements to avoid retaliatory tariffs threatened by Canada.More Packer Stories for Cherries
Market Scope - Cherries — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 17
CHILE — Imports (0-0-1) — Imports via air. Movement expected to increase. Port of entry: Los Angeles International Airport. Trading fairly active. Prices for 5-kilogram cartons bagged early bing extra jumbo $60-66, jumbo $54-58, extra-large $52-56, large $50-54. Quality good. Port of entry: Miami International Airport. Trading fairly active. Prices for 5-kilogram cartons bagged burlats extra jumbo $44-48, jumbo $42-46, extra-large $42-46; brooks extra jumbo $52-54, jumbo $50-52, extra-large $48-50. Quality good.