Most growers will have slightly larger desert crops compared to last year, he said, though Limoneira may be down a bit because the company had a large crop last year.
Less desert wind than last year should mean more first-grade fruit this season, he said.
Although the Yuma, Ariz., area starts producing a few weeks earlier than Coachella, Calif., Coachella produces up to 5% more fruit than Yuma, Teague said.
Arizona’s growing conditions can be harsh, he added.
“The raw product itself is good — a very heavy, juicy piece of fruit with a thin skin, highly sought in the Asian and sub-Asian export markets.”
Limoneira expects good results from foodservice, retail and export deals this season.
Teague expects to see “balanced supply and good pricing, and so I think both sides of the equation will make decent money.”
Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Sunkist Growers Inc. will help consumers — and retailers — celebrate the holidays with a selection of conventional, organic, meyer and seedless lemons, said Joan Wickham, manager of advertising and public relations.
They’re packaged in bright pouch and net bags, she said.