Late start, lower volume on tap for pear harvest

07/21/2010 01:05:18 PM
David Mitchell

Thiessen said Elliott & Sons expects its volume to peak for all varieties in early to mid-August.

“Everything will be packed and in the barn by around mid-September, but we will be shipping through October on most varieties,” said Thiessen, who also said he expects quality to be good.

Persky said Scully Packing expected to start harvest the week of July 19 with bartletts and starcrimsons from the Sacramento Delta district, but its volume will peak along with volume from the mountain district in mid-August. He said the company expects to ship product through October.

Atomic Torosian, partner in Fresno, Calif.-based Crown Jewels Marketing and Distribution LLC, said he expected a mix of sizes at the beginning of harvest and large-size bartletts by late July.

Bartletts will make up the largest percentage of the state’s estimated 3.7 million boxes with a projected 2.8 million boxes. Golden russet bosc and bosc are next at 401,500 boxes and 196,000 boxes, respectively.

Torosian said he expects harvesting of bosc pears to begin July 30.

Starcrimson is the largest of the red variety crops, with an estimated 91,500 boxes.

Despite a smaller crop this season, the California Pear Advisory Board still expects promotable volumes.

The advisory board is planning customizable back-to-school promotions with retailers in August, and it is partnering with Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure for an October promotion that coincides with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, said Carolyn Becker, marketing and national accounts manager.


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