Reduced acreage may trim volume, boost prices - The Packer

Reduced acreage may trim volume, boost prices

07/16/2009 11:22:02 AM
Abbie Stutzer

“Bartletts will be a little later this year compared to last due to unseasonal cool weather in June. We will probably start our harvest around July 15 and shipping around July 18 to allow for preconditioning of the early fruit,” Thiessen said.

“Red pears will start around July 9 and the rest of the varietal pears, bosc, comice, seckels and french butter will start in August. California pears will be marketed well into October or November sometimes extending into December in large or late crops,”
Most shipping and packing procedures will remain the same this year.

The pears Crown Jewels represents will ship both domestically and outside the U.S. to Canada, Central America and Mexico, Torosian said.

Torosian said there aren’t a lot of new packaging procedures, but noticed the company was making more bags and bins every year, some in smaller sizes.

Archibeque said the bosc crop would probably be double what it was last year, and additional plantings would be coming to production.

The company packs about 1.5 million cartons of bartletts and about 400,000 cartons of other pear varieties, Archibeque said.

Thiessen said his company has increased bartletts and red pears acreage in the Sacramento Delta.

All State Packers expects 1.9 million cartons of each to ship this season. There are more acres planted compared to last year because of additional growers.

Some in the industry predict pricing will be up this year.

“Pricing trends are hard to predict due to the vast number of factors that affect pricing. However, with a shorter crop of bartlett pears this year, pricing should be up from last year,” Thiessen said.

Johnson said fewer pears on the market might affect pricing.

Archibeque and Torosian also said pricing is good relative to last year.

“We anticipate a good quality year, possibly with better prices,” Torosian said.

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