“We’re looking to go to 140,000 to 150,000 boxes this year,” he said. “That’s a 50,000 to 60,000-box increase over two years ago when we had a large crop.”
Another goal for this season is to train more importers, wholesalers and retailers on the benefits of ripening or conditioning pears, he said.
“There will probably be additional costs but there will also be additional profits,” he said.
In other export news, shipments of organic pears continue to be limited, Correa said, with 129,000 boxes exported last season to Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Germany.