Marboe notes that the 2017 cherry season returns to more of a traditional season.
Sizing looking up
Strong sizing is also being seen across the varieties. “Our newer plantings of Dark Sweet varieties such as Cristalina, Coral Champagne and Royal Hazel are really producing some large sized fruit,” says Marboe. “We’re excited about them, and of course, our Rainier tonnage is up this year by over 75 percent too.”
Meanwhile demand is strong for cherries both domestically and in the export market. “We’re in the middle of our first big domestic pulls building for the 4th of July,” says Marboe. “Retailers across the USA have geared up for the 4th and cherries are a big part of the traditional ad plan.”
Marboe notes strong demand from Asia as well. “The Asian markets are especially hungry for the great flavor, crunch and quality of Starr Ranch cherries,” he says.
Demand continues throughout the summer anticipates Marboe. “We have some big shipping weeks lined up through July,” he says.
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