Peaches from Florida tuck nicely in between other domestic and imported peach seasons. “What’s nice about the season is we start typically sometime in the middle of March as Chile finishes their program and we’ll run into May when California, Georgia and South Carolina begin their programs,” says Finch. “We fill a void in the marketplace.”
Strong demand for peaches
“Sizing on the peaches range from as small as a 2 1/8 inch to a little more than a 2 ½ inch in diameter” Finch says. “The peak of the crop is in the 2 ¼ to 2 3/8 range.” Florida Classic is offering two packaging types for its customers: For our retail partners, we’re offering an 8 lb, single-layer tray. For our food service and school business, we’re promoting the peaches in a 20 lb volume-fill box.
Pricing looks steady
With solid demand and supply, that leaves prices for Florida peaches steady and similar to last season’s pricing. “We look to have good volume through the month of April. We anticipate over the next few weeks we will basically be reaching our peak volume,” says Finch. “Once we get into May, we’ll be tapering off and we’ll look to finish our peach season in mid-May.”