SunWest expects high-quality fruit through September.
“The sizing is good and the brix and taste have been very good,” he said.
Industry-wide, California peach volumes are likely off about 15-25% this season because of hail damage, Sankey said.
Nectarine, plum volumes down
California nectarine volumes also are off about 15-25%, and sizing is smaller than last year, though overall quality is good and demand strong, Sankey said.
Markets also are strong for California red and black plums, Sankey said.
“It’s a lighter crop, and markets are stronger than normal,” he said.
Plum volumes were peaking in mid-July, offering retailers perhaps the best chance of the summer to promote, Sankey said.