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.
Heavy rains in Chile have damaged cherry crops, but exports to the U.S. should still be up due to a big acreage increase.
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.More Packer Stories for Cherries
Market Scope - Cherries — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
CHILE — Imports (19-15*-10) — Imports via air. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Los Angeles International Airport. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 5-kilogram cartons bagged early bing extra jumbo $46-50, jumbo $40-44, extra-large $38-42, large $36-40. Quality good. Port of entry: Miami International Airport. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 5-kilogram cartons bagged bing extra jumbo $42-44, jumbo $40-42, extra-large $38-40, large $32-34; brooks extra jumbo $42-44, jumbo $40-42, extra-large $36-40. Quality good. *revised.