Antico has been importing Stemilt cherries from the USA for many years. The 2019 season's volume started very low in California due to bad weather, but the volume from Washington was increasing.
The trade war between the US and China has not effected the supply to Australia, according to Oliver Wang, Export manager at Antico. "The exchange rate did effect the price. I believe US exporters have shipped more fruits to Vietnam and Korea than China.
"This year the USA cherry season has lasted a bit longer than normal. We just finished last week and we import exclusively from Stemilt. Stemilt has the longest cherry growing season of any shipper in the U.S., farming in both California and Washington."
Antico are expecting their Australian cherry season start in October/November as usual. The trees are in flowering and are looking good so far. Exporting should starting from mid-November then extends through to late February with Tasmania Cherry
Antico has its own cherry farms and three packing houses with the latest cherry graders from UNITEC and GP Graders, they work together with the Batinich family and Hallmark Family in Young.
"Our fumigation facility and distribution centre are in Sydney. We have full control on picking-packing-treatment-export, to ensure maintaining the cold chain and delivering the fresh and quality fruits to consumers.
As the demand for Australian Cherries is growing stronger in China and other Asian Countries. We will continuing export our best quality cherry to consumers by air freight."
Antico also export Australian summer stone fruits, table grapes and citrus and other mixed fruit and vegetables.
Under “Air Cargo Examination/security” Antico International has become a 'Known Consignor'.
Antico International will be exhibiting at Asia Fruit Logistica Hall 3 stand number T42.