California cherry business updates - The Packer

California cherry business updates

04/21/2010 03:41:11 PM
Andy Nelson

The decision to pack under the Sun Disk label reflects a diversifi-cation of Scattaglia’s cherry sourcing, Parker said.

“We’ve developed new sources of fruit,” he said. 

Stemilt steps up organic Sequoia production

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers Inc. expects to ship its new Sequoia organic cherries from California on a wide basis this season, said Roger Pepperl, the company’s marketing director.

“We had it last year, but this is the year it will really appear on the market,” he said.

The Sequoia is a proprietary variety owned by Hanford, Calif.-based Warmerdam Packing LLC. Stemilt bought the rights to ship organic Sequoias.

Volumes will begin peaking in mid-May, Pepperl said. Stemilt also will ship organic bings and sweethearts from California this season.

Stemilt expects to increase its organic California production significantly this season, from about 17,000 to 18,000 cases to 70,000 to 80,000 cases, Pepperl said. That would give it about 40% of the organic California cherry deal, he said.

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