As of Aug. 13, according to the USDA, 40-pound cartons of U.S. No. 1 grade bartlett pears from California were $26 for size 70s and 80s; $22-24, 90s; $20, 100s; $18-19, 110s; $17, 120s; and $16, 135s.
A year earlier, prices were $25-28 for size 70s; $25-27, 80s; $21-23, 90s; $18-19, 100s; $18-18, 110s; and $15-16, 120s.
“Last year, prices were off because of the late frost and because of the large crop,” said David Garcia, chief executive officer of Hood River, Ore.-based Diamond Fruit Growers.
With apple prices expected to be strong this year, pear prices are likely to follow suit, Garcia said.
“We’re hoping for an average to above average pricing for pears,” he said.
John Long, director of sales and operations for Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos.’ Yakima, Wash., office, said he had similar expectations.
“There’s going to be good volume and the price will be good,” he said.
Doug Lowry, chief executive officer of Phoenix, Ore.-based Associated Fruit Co., said he expects a strong market for pears.
“We haven’t seen a strong market in a while, so we hope that’s true,” he said.