The Packer's Editor Tom Karst gathered these updates at the 2019 Organic Produce Sumit in Monterey, Calif. on July 11.
STEMILT: Briana Shales, communications manager for Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, Wash., says the organic and conventional cherry season will extend toward the end of August, but the transition to the 2019 apple and pear crops is in full swing.
Shales says Stemilt is celebrating its 30th year in organic tree fruit production and marketing and will be in a strong position for the 2019 crop.
With a big crop of apples expected in Washington state this year, she says Stemilt’s organic apple output will represent about 30% to 35% of the firm’s total apple volume.
Stemilt’s share of organic fruit exceeds 40% for some apple varieties and that will spur great promotion opportunities, she says. Stemilt Growers will also offer good volume of organic pears this year, she says.