Exports take a third of California's cherry crop

04/19/2013 12:06:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Bulk bings and corals are the company’s most popular export products.

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers Inc., which has a large cherry program in California, exports about 30% of its volume, mostly to Asia and Japan, said Roger Pepperl, marketing director.

Stemilt’s customers like the brooks variety. They also buy some rainiers, Pepperl said.

More clamshells

Morada Produce exports about 40% of its volume, mostly in bulk form, but some retailers have been inquiring about clamshell containers, Miller said.

Buyers in Japan and Korea like clamshell containers, and Taiwanese importers ordered clamshells last year for the first time, Poutre said. Australian buyers are looking at them for this year.

Delta Packing exports the rest of its cherries in bulk containers.

Buyers in Southeast Asia seem to prefer large fruit in loose-pack, 5-kilogram cartons, Cameron said.
Importers in other markets prefer standard bulk cartons, except for retail buyers, who typically request clamshell containers.

Stemilt ships a few bags, but most importers request loose cherries, which are repacked when they reach their destination, Pepperl said.


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