Chilean cherry volumes plunge

12/20/2012 04:07:00 PM
Andy Nelson

But in the week ending Dec. 15, shipments fell from the year before — from about 5 million pounds last year to about 4 million pounds this year.

And heavy rains in mid-December, combined with more rain expected late the week of Dec. 17 and into the week of Dec. 24, threatened to limit shipments even more, said Janice Honigberg, president of Chicago-based Sun Belle Inc.

“It’s been impossible to harvest,” Honigberg said Dec. 19.

Shipments to the U.S. in the second half of January and beginning of February could be severely limited because of the late December rains, she said.


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