Advisory board preps report on sustainability

The California Pear Advisory Board, Sacramento, plans to release its second California Pear Sustainability Practices Survey report. Data collection on growers’ practices was completed in early July, said Chris Zanobini, president.

The study examines how the industry is positioned in relationship with other industries, and it is aimed at helping ensure industry longevity.

The board planned to mail in early July a report on its recent restructuring to about 350 retailers throughout the U.S.

Grower David J. Elliot dies

David J. Elliot Jr., who with his father formed David J. Elliot & Sons in 1951, died June 26. He was 79.

Elliot led the company in diversifying from bartlett pears to other varieties of pears, as well as apples, cherries and kiwifruit. He served the industry through work with the California Grape and Tree Fruit League, California Pear Advisory Board and California Pear Growers.

A memorial service was July 8.

In other company news, Elliot & Sons constructed a new 52,000-square-foot cold storage facility adjacent its existing building, said David Thiessen, sales manager. He said the new facility should enable the company to more quickly cool and pack fruit, and to maintain better control over the cold chain.

Giumarra Cos. offers domestic Asian pears

The Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, expects to begin harvesting Asian pears in California on about Aug. 15, said Jeannine Martin, director of sales for subsidiary Giumarra Reedley.

As of early July, quality looked good and volume was expected to be similar to last year’s. Giumarra packs flats of sizes 18, 16 and 14.

Giumarra ships hosui and shinko varieties of Asian pears.

Greene and Hemly adds cold storage facility

Greene and Hemly Inc., Courtland, Calif., added a 50,000-square-foot cold storage facility this season, said Atomic Torosian, partner in Crown Jewels Marketing and Distribution LLC, Fresno, Calif.

Crown Jewels markets Greene and Hemly’s pears.

Johnson Orchards expects strong season

Steve Johnson, marketing director for Johnson Orchards Inc., Ukiah, Calif., said he expects a strong pear season.

The crop looked good in late June, he said, he expects to begin packing pears from other growers in the River District in early August.

Johnson Orchards grows its own pears in the Mountain District. Those should be ready for packing by about Aug. 8, he said.

Scully hires northeast region merchandiser

Cece Krumrine is a new northeast region merchandiser for Finley, Calif.-based Scully Packing Co. LLC, said Kyle Persky, sales manager.

Krumrine promotes pears  for Scully and other commodities in the region for other growers, including tomatoes, avocados, and mangoes and watermelons.