Other problems could be managing the domestic supply to meet demand.
“Most fresh garlic people don’t plan on having a lot of extra pounds because it’s an expensive crop. So when China is light, there’s more demand because we’re stuck with what we have,” Lane said.
That means the challenge for companies is fulfilling commitments to customers before going to the open market.
The open market is where companies find new customers, though, and with a higher demand companies may need to turn people away.
Lane remains optimistic about the season, however.
“That’s a good problem to have,” he said.