Seven Seas, a subsidiary of Springfield, Ill.-based Tom Lange Co., expects to increase the number of Moroccan clementines it brings into the U.S. this year.
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The first shipments of Moroccan fruit should arrive at the end of October, right on time, with good quality expected, said Bill Weyland, Seven Seas’ vice president of imports.
“The weather has been quite favorable,” Weyland said. “The temperatures haven’t been as high, and the fruit hasn’t been under a lot of stress.”
Also, Weyland added, abundant rains in 2009 are paying dividends for growers this year. Fruit should be larger and quality better than last year, he said.
Morocco offers better clementine varieties than those available out Spain, the winter clementine category leader, Weyland said.
Seven Seas expects to market Moroccan finas and clemenules in November and December, clemenvillas in January and nours in late January and February, he said.