David Mixon, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Seald Sweet International, Vero Beach, Fla., said Chilean shippers will begin loading product in late April, with U.S. arrivals expected two weeks after that.
After another week in the system, Chilean clementines should be on U.S. shelves by the second half of May, Mixon said.
Drought in the north will affect volume and size profile but not quality.
“The quality is outstanding,” Mixon said.
Volumes will pick up once the Chilean deal moves south, Mixon said. Chile benefits from having a variety of growing regions and microclimates, which helps equalize the supplies over the course of a season, he said.
Seald Sweet expects to increase its volumes this season, but overall clementine exports to the U.S. could be off up to 2%, Mixon said.