Roper said prices should stay fairly consistent as Washington yields to Chile.
About half of Oppy’s New Zealand apple program is dedicated to Jazz apples, which should begin shipping in North America in late May or early June. As trees mature, the company continues to see larger volumes of Jazz and another newer variety, Envy, which should kick off in June.
Oppy plans to offer both Jazz and Envy through September, Nelley said.
A very heavy bloom this season should offset any apple losses incurred by Mother Nature this season, Collins said. Chile was plagued with freezes early and drought later in the deal.
Chelan Fresh will stick with domestic apples as long as it can, with Chilean fruit not expected until this summer, Collins said.