“Traditionally, Chile has come on a bit earlier than we’re seeing this year, but with the big California crop, the Peruvian fruit coming in for a full season for the first year, new supplies out of Mexico, they’ve elected with their smaller crop to delay coming to the U.S.,” he said.
He agreed delayed shipments will lead to higher-quality fruit.
“The quality of the fruit will be much improved because it will have much higher maturity,” he said.
Wileman said Chile traditionally has been more of a fall-winter deal.
“It’s always been there, but it will probably be now more of a fall-winter-spring type of program, and it will probably go through March instead of January or February,” Wileman said.