Fresh King planned to start harvesting in late May and expects to ship 350,000 bushels from the 30 growers that bring fruit to its packinghouse.
Unity Groves Corp., planned to begin harvesting in late May.
Charles Diaz, director of sales, said he expects to bring high volume and said the year should be stronger in terms of production than last year.
“Our quality looks really good and the sizings are good,” he said in mid-May. “It looks to be a great year, and we should have a great variety of product.”
Absence of unfavorable weather should help produce a strong crop, said Manny Hevia Jr., president and chief executive officer of Miami-based M&M Farm Inc.
“Our customers are anxious and are ready to go,” he said in mid-May. “The trees look healthy and this should be a good, average season that should start a little slow with the donnie variety.”
As commercial shipments had not begun in late May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wasn’t reporting Florida prices.
Last season in late June, when the USDA began reporting prices for the green-skinned fruit, Florida’s deal began at $11-12 for one-layer 12.5-pound flats of sizes 8s-9s and $10-12 for 10s-12s, according to the USDA.
That compares to 2013, when the deal started at $13 for one-layer 12.5-pound flats of sizes 8-12s.