Chilean nectarine exports improve - The Packer

Chilean nectarine exports improve

01/27/2012 09:06:00 AM
Andy Nelson

At the beginning of the deal, growers could get good money for peaches, but yields were light, Isabel Quiroz, Decofrut’s service and information manager, told me.

Later in the deal, meanwhile, preconditioning and other high costs made it difficult for growers to make money.

Add to that the fact that, despite preconditioning and other measures, Chilean peaches often arrived in the U.S. with no juice and no flavor.

At the time, it struck me as perhaps a poster child for the case against year-round availability in the fresh produce industry.

“Year-round” has long been the battle cry of produce marketers (even in the locally grown era), but they’ll never be able to overcome a basic industry truth: Many, if not most, fruits and vegetables taste better at certain times of the year than they do at others.

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Isabel Quiroz    
Chile  |  February, 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM

Dear Andy, It's very interesting your point of view. Actually there are new varieties, but they are so few and I still waiting for real good ones, considering all genetic programs in place into Chile. 4 years up to now since that conversation y we are starting to see what Chilean wanted to provide to the US market, but is very short time for real changes. The only point is totally different is since 4 years I'm running my own company called iQonsulting and I still doing consulting as market specialist. Best regards. Isabel

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