Florida fills peach gap - The Packer

Florida fills peach gap

05/03/2013 12:38:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

“From my brief visits there, I am very impressed by their growth and the way they’re addressing their growth,” said Kay Rentzel, the peach council’s managing director.

“They could provide a very valuable role offering domestic local and regionally grown fruit and let consumers know we have domestic peaches for a longer period of time.”

Georgia growers view the increasing production favorably.

“Florida has really done a good job at closing that gap when April has traditionally been a peach desert,” said Will McGehee, marketing director of the Georgia Peach Council in Byron and sales manager for the Genuine Georgia Group and Pearson Farm in Fort Valley, Ga.

“Sometimes, it’s hard to get the engines going in our customers’ stores,” McGehee said.

“We like it because Florida gets people thinking about peaches before we come in.”


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South Florida  |  May, 08, 2013 at 01:46 PM

I don't know if the Florida peaches are any good, because I'm not about to pay 3 or 4 bucks per pound for a tiny little plum-sized peach that emits no detectable peach aroma. Last year I don't think I even saw any Georgia peaches down here, and I remember the South American offerings being mealy and tasteless. When I lived further north in Florida, we had great Georgia peaches, and I wish we could get them in Southern Florida. Fortunately, bartlett pears have been great for the past couple years, whether from USA or South America, so they have been getting my tree fruit money.

Fla  |  May, 13, 2013 at 04:08 PM

John am sorry u didn't like the fl peach. Its great a peach. You give it another chance. And it's just another great product from our great state.

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