The likelihood of a pear purchase fell five percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012.
On-site assessments of Mexico’s organic certification program is on the agenda later this year as U.S. officials negotiate an organic equivalency program with their Mexican counterparts.
Pear volume for Borton & Sons is expected about 500,000 cartons, which will be down slightly from 2013 shipments, said Sky Johnson, salesman. The Yakima, Wash., company is working on new auxillary displays for apples and pears.
Rushing Rivers is the new label for all Stemilt Growers LLC conventional pears, as the company brings attention to the fruit from one of the world’s premier growing regions.
Wenatchee, Wash. — While new pear variety development can’t compare with apples, part of the blame may lie with consumers.
A smaller overall Northwest pear crop than last year and Russia’s blocking of U.S. fruit may result in fewer total exports in 2014-15, but ample demand in Mexico, China and other markets should keep exports as a key component of overall movement.More Packer Stories for Pears
Market Scope - Pears — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 18
SACRAMENTO AND SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (61-82-54) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices starkrimson and bartlett slightly lower, others generally unchanged. 40-pound cartons wrapped U.S. 1 bartlett 70s mostly $27, 80s mostly $26, 90s mostly $25, 100s $24, 110s mostly $22-23, 120-135s $22. 36-pound cartons tight fill U.S. 1 bartlett 70-80s mostly $22, 90s mostly $21, 100s mostly $20, 110s mostly $19, 120-150s mostly $17-18. 40-pound cartons wrapped U.S. 1 bosc golden 70-80s $46-48, 90s mostly $44, 100s mostly $40, 110s mostly $36. Half cartons wrapped U.S. 1 starkrimson 35-45s $22-22.50, 50s mostly $18, 55s mostly $15-16.50.
MENDOCINO LAKE COUNTY, CALIF. — Shipments (0-7-27) — Movement expected to increase as more growers begin harvest. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. 40-pound cartons wrapped U.S. 1 bartlett 70s mostly $27, 80s mostly $26, 90s mostly $25, 100s mostly $24. 36-pound cartons tight fill U.S. 1 bartlett 80s mostly $22, 90s mostly $21, 100s $20, 110s mostly $19, 120-135s $18.
YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT, WASH. — 2014 crop shipments (0-4-30, includes exports 0-0-13) — Movement expected to increase as harvest of new crop pears builds. Reportable bartlett volume expected later the week of Aug. 18.
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