Commerce City, Colo.-based Ringer & Son Brokerage Co. Inc. expects to sell more Colorado-grown peaches, corn and pears this year.
Outstanding growing conditions this summer are the reason why, said Joshua Johnson, the companyâ€™s president.
â€œWeâ€™ve had no hail, no freezes and plenty of water. Weâ€™ve been able to thin as needed rather than keep whatâ€™s left.â€
Quality has been excellent, Johnson said, though demand has left a little to be desired.
â€œThere are so many out there right now. Weâ€™re coming off recent years where there werenâ€™t enough. Now there are plenty.â€
Ringer & Son marketed some early variety peaches in mid-July, but the season didnâ€™t really kick off until the end of the month, Johnson said.
â€œWeâ€™ll go hot and heavy until late August or early September.â€
Ringer & Son will triple its Olathe, Colo., sweet corn volumes this season thanks to a new partnership with a grower-shipper, Johnson said.
Corn began shipping the third week of July and should last through about Sept. 10.
â€œItâ€™s been an excellent season, no hail. As long as there are no strong winds, weâ€™ll be in great shape.â€
And with a supply gap expected in California later this summer, movement of Colorado corn should be brisk, Johnson said.
Ringer & Son expects to kick off its Colorado pear deal about Aug. 15, Johnson said. Shipments will likely only last until early September.
â€œConditions have been ideal. Volumes will be up as well, though not as much as peaches.â€
Ringer & Son seldom has to worry about selling its Colorado pears.
â€œPears have plenty of pull. Itâ€™s such a small deal, we donâ€™t have a problem moving them.â€
New salesman on board
New this year to help Ringer & Son sell its Colorado peaches and the Mexican product it sources through Nogales, Ariz., is industry veteran R.J. Roll, who joined the companyâ€™s sales desk in May, Johnson said.
Roll has 15 years of retail and wholesale produce experience, he said.