The likelihood of a pear purchase fell five percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012.
Consolidation continues in the California pear industry, bringing acreage reduction. Combined with the state’s drought and strong cannery demand, that’s taking a bite out of projected fresh volumes for summer.
The bulk of California pears are grown in the Sacramento River Delta, but as the transition to Oregon and Washington nears, the state will see action at higher elevations.
Courtland, Calif.-based tree fruit grower-shipper David J. Elliot & Son added a packing line to its facility in time for the start of pear season.
The California Pear Advisory Board’s new branding effort — dubbed “America’s First Pear” — refers to the fruit’s place in the annual order of commercial production.
USA Pears has recognized three school districts that have not only served pears to students in fun and appealing ways but have also educated students and staff about pear ripening and varieties.More Packer Stories for Pears
Market Scope - Pears — F.o.b.s as of July 14
SACRAMENTO AND SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (0-0-43) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading active. Prices generally unchanged. 40-pound cartons wrapped U.S. 1 bartlett 70-80s mostly $32, 90s $29, 100s $26, 110s $24, 120-135s mostly $22. 36-pound cartons tight fill U.S. 1 bartlett 70-80s $28, 90s $25, 100s $22, 110s $20, 120s, 135s $18, 150s mostly $16-18. Half cartons wrapped U.S. 1 starkrimson 35s $22-24, 40-45s $23-24, 50s $19-20.50, 55s $16-18.50.
YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT, WASH. — Shipments (54-50-42, includes exports 21-21-12) — Movement expected to decrease. Offerings insufficient to report. LAST REPORT for 2013 pears.
ARGENTINA — Imports (0-1-2) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices anjou higher, others generally unchanged. 18-kilogram containers wrapped packham's triumph 70-90s $16-18, 100s $14-16; anjou 70-90s $26-28, 100s $24-26; bosc 70-80s $22-24, 90-100s $20-22. Quality good.
CHILE — Imports (13-7-1) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to decrease. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices 70-80s lower, others unchanged. 18-kilogram containers wrapped packham's triumph 70-80s $14-16, 90s $16-18, 100s $14-16. Quality good.