Pear marketers see greater mechanization, new uses

08/27/2013 09:05:00 AM
Tom Karst

Weathers said he thinks packaging and technology may see the biggest changes in the next five to 10 years.

Optical sorting, more robotics and automation are likely advances, he said.

Changes in the pear industry over the next decade could include increased demand from retailers for new packaging options, said Scott Marboe, director of marketing for Oneonta Trading, Wenatchee.

Marboe believes demand for red pears and conditioned pears will continue to improve.

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