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 company’s president.

“We’ve had no hail, no freezes and plenty of water. We’ve been able to thin as needed rather than keep what’s left.”

Quality has been excellent, Johnson said, though demand has left a little to be desired.

“There are so many out there right now. We’re coming off recent years where there weren’t enough. Now there are plenty.”

Ringer & Son marketed some early variety peaches in mid-July, but the season didn’t really kick off until the end of the month, Johnson said.

“We’ll go hot and heavy until late August or early September.”

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.

“It’s been an excellent season, no hail. As long as there are no strong winds, we’ll be in great shape.”

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.

“Conditions have been ideal. Volumes will be up as well, though not as much as peaches.”

Ringer & Son seldom has to worry about selling its Colorado pears.

“Pears have plenty of pull. It’s such a small deal, we don’t have a problem moving them.”


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 company’s sales desk in May, Johnson said.

Roll has 15 years of retail and wholesale produce experience, he said.