“From my brief visits there, I am very impressed by their growth and the way they’re addressing their growth,” said Kay Rentzel, the peach council’s managing director.
“They could provide a very valuable role offering domestic local and regionally grown fruit and let consumers know we have domestic peaches for a longer period of time.”
Georgia growers view the increasing production favorably.
“Florida has really done a good job at closing that gap when April has traditionally been a peach desert,” said Will McGehee, marketing director of the Georgia Peach Council in Byron and sales manager for the Genuine Georgia Group and Pearson Farm in Fort Valley, Ga.
“Sometimes, it’s hard to get the engines going in our customers’ stores,” McGehee said.
“We like it because Florida gets people thinking about peaches before we come in.”