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Global Focus  —  Soft / Stonefruit


Cold winter means tasty Texas peaches

This past cold winter has provided Texas peach growers with an excellent crop. Plenty of chill hours and sufficient moisture at the right time has resulted in good yields and high quality fruit. There was also the absence of a late spring freeze, which in some years can cause terrible damage to the crop."We.....

US: Volume to lighten for now on blackberries

As the market starts transitioning towards supplying blackberries domestically, anticipation is that volume will be good for summer blackberries. “Supply out of Mexico has been very steady. The season is starting to wind down and we’re seeing it lightening up a little bit,” says Vince Ferrante with Dave’s.....

Today, cherry packing for Washington state kicks off

Today marks the start of the Washington cherry season for Rainier Fruit. “We will be packing our first cartons for the season, which starts with the Chelan and Coral varieties,” says Troy Howard who is responsible for Rainier’s cherry program. The company’s cherry crop is geographically diverse with fruit.....

Andre Bailey with Global Fruit on exports shifting to Asia

“Europe is slowing as an importer of Canadian cherries”

It is shaping up to be a nice cherry crop in British Columbia. “We’ve had beautiful weather during cell division,” says Andre Bailey with Global Fruit. “The fruit spacing on the tree is perfect for high-quality fruit and there are no clusters, but lots of single, double and triple cherries.” It is expected to.....

South Carolina peaches bounce back with good 2018 volume

After weather events decimated its 2017 crop, South Carolina is picking back up with a good volume of peaches. “In the past three weeks packing a good volume of fruit,” says J.W. Yonce III with J.W. Yonce & Sons Inc. in Johnston, S.C. “We’re a bit early this year, about 4-5 days or maybe even a week.” The.....