"It's important to note that like any year, the first few days of harvest in a growing area represent the fringe, and as such, are likely to be the most impacted by weather. In some years, there may be little to no difference. In a year like 2018 where temperatures danced around the frost line, it leaves behind a much fuzzier picture of the crop at hand. Fortunately, over the next few days we will progress further into the solid crop and will see steady shipments of both dark sweet and yellow cherries."
"Based on the estimate, we expected some early fruit during the first week of June with Chelan volume ramping up significantly during the second week. Based on our visits to a few orchards and packing sheds today, that appears to be accurate. The Santinas, Chelans and Tietons we saw were all beautiful - certainly worth waiting for, as the growers well knew. Over the next few days, the earliest areas will transition into Bings while more of the Northwest digs into their dark-red, early season varieties."
"If the weather holds and the pre-season projections remain more or less accurate, we will see significant volumes available to retailers in time for their June ads...especially the June 27th-break prior to the Holiday. We're anticipating a first peak in shipments to occur around June 25th, with a solid shipping curve for several weeks until mid-July, peaking again during the transition between middle and late season districts somewhere near the 20th of July."
"Note that GDD accumulation in later-producing districts like Parkdale, Brewster Flats and Wenatchee Heights is considerably behind the Northwest's early regions. In fact, the separation between early and late bloom is as large as we’ve seen in a decade. This strengthens the likelihood that we’ll see a solid late season opportunity this year. The current estimate projects nearly 2 million boxes to be shipped in August, which allows for several opportunities for retailers to promote. "Last Chance" and countdown-style promotions have shown in study after study to be the single most effective late season cherry promotion. The recipe for a strong final category push includes circular ads and P.O.P. messages which encourage consumers to buy while they can and freeze for off-season use."