This fuzzy fruit is a consistent seller. The likelihood of a kiwi purchase was the same as last year, with 26% of shoppers saying they bought the fruit in the past year.
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.
Grower-shippers of Chilean fruit expect severe September freezes to diminish the South American country’s exports by about 50 million boxes in 2013-14.
A lighter-than-expected California kiwifruit crop, combined with a light Italian crop and a late start in Chile, should mean robust demand for the next several months, California grower-shippers say.
Frieda’s Inc. founder Frieda Caplan received the Gold Stevie award for lifetime achievement in business in New York City.
Working to expand trade to the Philadelphia port gateway, New Zealand’s ambassador to the U.S. recently visited the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in Philadelphia.More Packer Stories for Kiwifruit
Market Scope - Kiwifruit — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 25
ITALY — (12-9-6) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Ports of entry: Philadelphia and New York. 9-kilogram/19.8-pound) containers loose hayward 25s $19-20, 27s $18, 30s $17-18, 33s $16-17, 36s $16, 39s $15. Quality good.
CENTRAL AND NORTHERN DISTRICTS, CALIF. — Shipments (5-4-4) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 9-kilogram (19.8-pound) containers loose hayward 27s mostly $18, 30s mostly $17, 33s $16-18, 36s mostly $16, 39s mostly $15, 45s $13-15. Extra services included.