The first pears shipped to China by Stemilt Growers Inc. have arrived.
Starkrimson pears grown in Washington by Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt arrived in China in September, according to a news release from Shanghai, China-based Lantao, Stemilt’s partner in the deal.
Earlier this year, China approved U.S. pear imports.
Lantao has marketing and distribution facilities in six different markets in China: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Zhengzhou and Harbin.
“Although our initial introduction of the starkimson pear will be in the primary markets, there has been plenty of growth in our secondary market cities for premium fruit from the United States,” John Wang, Lantao’s president, said in the release. “Our so-called second tier markets have populations of over 10 million people, with growing economies and a burgeoning middle class.”
Stemilt officials went to China for the first arrivals.
“China is one of our important export markets and we hope to achieve similar success with our pears as we have had with our apples and cherries,” said Dave Martin, Stemilt’s export sales director. “We appreciate working with Lantao because they seem to grasp our philosophy when it comes to openness, trust, honesty, commitment and the belief in the quality of our fruit.”
In addition to starkrimsons, Stemilt plans to ship red and green anjou pears to China this season.