Domex Superfresh Growers expects to begin shipping Washington-grown apricots the third week of June.
The Yakima, Wash.-based grower-shipper could ship 20% of the industry’s expected 500,000 boxes, according to a company news release.
The 5,900 tons expected out of Washington would make it the second-biggest apricot crop in the past 13 years.
Domex’s deal is expected to run through July.
“Apricots bring the taste of summer to consumers with their vibrant color and tangy-sweet taste,” Howard Nager, Domex’s vice president of marketing, said in the release. “We see a large percentage of retailers across both the U.S. and Canada featuring apricots in ads and promotions.”
Domex will ship several apricot varieties this season including perfections, rivals, goldstrikes and robadas.
Fruit will ship in 15-pound panta packs, 24-pound volume filled cases and 1.6-pound poly bags.