Overall, the Chilean clementine deal is on target with previous seasons.
Steve Marinello, director of imports at Seald Sweet International, Vero Beach, Fla. said, “The start date for harvest is early to mid-May, with expected arrival in late May.”
The Chilean clementine market, although producing an active crop that meets high demand, is a bit stagnant. Late-season varieties, however, will keep the momentum going for retailers.
Matt Gordon, Chilean import manager for DNE Fruit Sales, Fort Pierce, Fla. said. “The beginning of the season will be a little stronger than last year because of the California deal ending early. Retailers will want to carry the momentum with clementines.”
According to James Milne, category director of citrus at The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia. “The Chilean clementine crop has a fairly static volume.”
“Where we are seeing growth is with the late-season varieties. The emergence of the w. murcott variety will extend the season into November,” Milne said.
Gordon said murcotts will arrive in August and carry through October.
Kim Flores, director of marketing for Seald Sweet, said, “To expect a late summer transition to proprietary varieties like clemen gold, autumn gold and mandarins, which will have exceptional internal flavor.”