The company expects to ship 500,000 boxes of kiwifruit this season — a 20% increase over last year.
Last year, most of the fruit was rather large — 27s and 30s — but there will be a mix of sizes this season, said Doug Wilson, president and owner of Wil-Ker-Son Ranch and Packing Co., Gridley, Calif.
The company expects to start shipping around Oct. 6 and should have about the same size crop as last year.
Shipments should continue industrywide through April.
California should have a solid kiwifruit deal this year, Cappelluti predicts, in part because he does not expect to see much Italian fruit in the U.S. this season since the weak dollar likely will discourage Italian shippers from exporting to the U.S.