The likelihood of a plum purchase dropped eight percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012, although the purple fruit still remains in the top 20 favorite fruits.
(UPDATED COVERAGE, July 22) As a recall of stone fruit from Wawona Packing Co. expanded to Canada, the California company responded to consumers’ questions, explaining that an Australian importer’s discovery of minute levels of listeria on three peaches spurred the international recall.
The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, is Produce Distributor of the Year for Canada as part of the Business Excellent Awards for 2014 presented by Acquisitions International magazine.
Expanding a domestic presence in grapes, Bayshore Produce LLC is launching its own brand and entering into co-packing partnerships with California grower-shippers.
Grant J. Hunt Co. plans to kick off its Italian prune season July 25. a week to 10 days earlier than normal.
The trend of removing Sacramento Valley prune orchards for more profitable nut crops continues, but the California Prune Growers Marketing Association anticipates rising demand and prices will eventually stabilize acreage.More Packer Stories for Plums/Prunes
Market Scope - Plums — F.o.b.s as of July 14
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (108-99-102) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 28-pound cartons loose blackamber 30-35s mostly $24.85, 40-45s $18.85-22.85, 50-55s mostly $16.85-18.85, 60-65s mostly $14.85-15.85, 70-75s $13.85-15.85; black splendor 40-45s mostly $18.85-20.85, 50-55s mostly $16.85-18.85, 60-65s mostly $14.85-15.85, 70-75s mostly $13.85, hiromi red 30-35s mostly $24.85, 40-45s mostly $18.85-20.85, 50-55s mostly $16.85-18.85, 60-65s mostly $14.85-15.85, 70-75s $14.85-16.85; owen T 20-25s $27.85-30.85, 30-35s mostly $26.85, 40-45s mostly $22.85-24.85, 50-55si mostly $20.85, 60-65s mostly $18.85, 70-75s $13.85-15.85; red lane 20-25s $27.85-28.85, 30-35s mostly $24.85, 40-45s $22.85-24.85, 50-55s mostly $18.85-20.85; friar 30-35s mostly $24.85, 40-45s mostly $18.85-20.85, 50-55s mostly $16.85-18.85, 60-65s mostly $14.85-15.85, 70-75s mostly $13.85. Extra services included.
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