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US (WA): Good outlook for tree fruit despite hail
Hailstorms this summer hit several parts of Washington state, but, according to Loren Queen, marketing and communications manager for Domex Superfresh Growers, that didn't significantly affect this year's supply of apples.
“It looks like there will be more apples than the State initially estimated,” he said. “Even after the hail, we had more fruit to sell than last year, and now that we see the harvest picking long, we expect to be up appreciably over last year.” He added that, though pear volume is slightly down from last year, much like apples, hail did not affect this year's supplies of pears. That's good news because, with apple shortages throughout the country this year, growers will have to work hard not to lose consumer interest, and having a good apple crop and a good pear crop can help with that.
“Our hope is to keep shelf space normally reserved for local apples stocked with apples so the local growers can get that space back next year when they have normal crops,” said Queen. “The exciting piece of news with a good apple crop and a good pear crop is that when you promote apples and pears together you get a lift of 15 percent.”
Though prices, state volume and quality have been good for both crops, Queen said that the major challenge will be to make sure that growers and retailers don't lose any ground because of this year's overall national shortage of apples.
“The biggest threat this year will be a lack of apples to cover all the markets,” he said. “If the shelf space shifts to other fruit, we will have to earn it back next year when all the apple-growing regions are back up to normal crop volumes.” But that's a challenge he thinks the industry can meet.
“We have been working closely with retailers to retain our traditional shelf space and assure that they their apple category will be very profitable this year”, he said.
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Other news in this sector:
- 2022-10-31 Apple grower Rockit hopes to see more orchards planted in New Zealand
- 2022-10-28 EU apples: Smaller fruit sizes and lower volumes due to drought and heatwave events
- 2022-10-27 Good campaign for Angelica di Romagna pears
- 2022-10-26 Ireland: locally-grown apples and pears hit Tesco shelves for first time in years
- 2022-10-25 Apple trade with China offers South Africa a welcome counterpoint to poor European pear sales
- 2022-10-24 Kenyan apple growers set out to expand global market share
- 2022-10-21 Apple grower-shipper focuses on thinking outside the box
- 2022-10-20 'British apples really are among the best in the world, but they need saving'
- 2022-10-19 "Good development of KIKU and EVELINA"
- 2022-10-18 "Sweet Sensation sales off to good start"
- 2022-10-17 "Electricity in Greece costs well over 100% more this season"
- 2022-10-14 “If we sold all of the apples now, we wouldn’t have any fruits later in the season”
- 2022-10-13 Blue Whale invests in Candine to win back young French and European consumers
- 2022-10-12 Yoichi Orchard: About 60 varieties of fruit crops, used for practical training and cutting-edge research
- 2022-10-11 “While Chilean and Brazilian apples failed in India last year, Poland and Turkey both did really well”
- 2022-10-10 Kanzi partners positive about new European season despite difficult market conditions
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- 2022-10-05 "Given the current climate, we are working with our customers to ensure apples are still a regular purchase in every shopping basket."
- 2022-10-04 “We started packing apples at the same time that we’re picking them”