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Tight raspberry volumes make for more “normal” pricing

Overview of the raspberry supply by Ben Escoe of Twin River Berries, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on May 12, 2021  “They’re starting to pick up, but it’s been tight--really tight,” says Ben Escoe of Twin River Berries in Portland, OR, noting this largely has to do with the weather conditions in Mexico. “It’s been cold and windy there which has caused damage in the fields and contributed to the low supply. Year over year, the volume is comparable or even better. But demand is high and forecast to actual supply has been lower.” Mexico grows raspberries for most of the year, stopping only for the rainy season which begins at the end of June or early July. Meanwhile California’s volume won’t really begin until the middle to the end of May. Volumes (in Kg) of raspberries from Mexico in the US Market​ Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Higher berry deman
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Agronometrics in Charts: Blueberry prices fall in U.S. market

After a recent streak of high prices in the U.S. market, the price of blueberries dropped sharply last week. In this "Agronometrics In Charts", we will take a tour of the prices and volumes of blueberries in the North American market, and discuss the possible causes that gave rise to this fall. A delayed season in Florida and Georgia due to weather problems left a window between the production of the southern hemisphere and the entry of the northern hemisphere. The prices of blueberries in the North American market remained high, having their highest point in weeks 15 and 16 of 2021, where average prices per kilogram were $11.70 per kilogram, a 73 percent increase year-on-year. As Georgia entered the market and Florida reached its peak in week 16, prices fell sharply though they are still higher year-on-year, as can be seen in the following graph. Historic average blueberry prices | USD/KG Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view

Chile kicks off clementine export season with growth expectations

Overview of the Chilean clementine exports, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshFruitPortal.com   on May 11, 2021  Chile has kicked off its clementine season with expectations of year-on-year export growth, according to the Citrus Committee of the Fruit Exporters' Association (Asoex). The country is forecasting exports of 55,000 metric tons (MT) this season, which would be a 7 percent increase over 2020. The first shipments left during week 15, with 573MT of the Clemenules, Orogrande and Oronules varieties having been exported by week 17. This compares to 1,503MT that had been exported by week 17 last year. "Clementines and lemons have already started and oranges will start soon," said Juan Enrique Ortúzar, president of the Citrus Committee. "The weather is dry, there have been no significant rains, so the harvests have developed without any setbacks. Although the first shipments to date of clementines are lower than last

Argentine lemons: Later season and lower volumes expected

Overview of lemons from Argentina, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshFruitPortal.com   on May 07, 2021  The Argentine citrus industry is forecasting lower lemon exports this season due to weather issues, according to an industry representative who played down the impacts of the ongoing strike in a key production region. José Carbonell, president of the Argentine Citrus Federation (Federcitrus), told FreshFruitPortal.com the projected drop in volume could be between 10% to 15%. This is expected to be reflected in the volumes of lemons to be shipped to Europe at the end of the month. "Citrus production will fall specifically for lemons, not oranges and tangerines - [those] will be the same or a little better than last year, but lemons will fall," Carbonell explained. He explained that this is because they had a cold winter and a very dry spring and early summer. He added that the season is delayed, beginning in April this year co

Delayed start for domestic blueberry volumes

Overview of the blueberry supply by Luciano Fiszman of Gourmet Trading Co., complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on May 05, 2021  Domestic supplies of blueberries are coming on heavily to meet a high demand market for the fruit. The supplies coming on now follow a delayed start for the Southeast blueberry season. “The crops in Georgia and Florida had been delayed roughly 10-15 days, depending on the varieties and location. Two weeks ago they went through some rough weather that created more issues for supplies,” says Luciano Fiszman of Redondo Beach, Ca.-based Gourmet Trading Co. Volumes (in Kg) of the national blueberry supply in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Right now, Central Florida is currently behind on its pick while North Florida is harvesting good supplies. Georgia is also ramping up in volume and will reach its pick in about se

70MM pounds of avocados expected for Cinco de Mayo

Overview of the avocado supply for Cinco de Mayo, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in ProduceBlueBook.com   on May 04, 2021  OXNARD, Calif., May 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Avocado consumption insights from Mission Produce, Inc. BB #:118126, the world leader in sourcing, producing, and distributing fresh Hass avocados, shows that 100 million Americans are expected to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year. Additionally, up to 70 million pounds of avocados are expected to be consumed Volumes (in Lb) of avocados in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) A long-awaited opportunity for wholesale, retail, and food service, the data show that consumers are looking to celebrate the avocado holiday both at home and out at restaurants and bars. Compared to last year, twice the number of people who celebrate Cinco de Mayo are expected to celebrate at a bar or restaurant thi

Agronometrics in Charts: Could Cosmic Crisp be a pricing match for Honeycrisp?

In other Agronometrics in Charts articles we addressed the Honeycrisp apple variety, and from the beginning, we were struck by the difference in prices in comparison to other varieties and relation to the average prices in the U.S. market. In the following graph, we see the reported historical average prices of apples in the North American market and the prices of the Honeycrisp variety in the North American market in the last 15 years. Historic Honeycrisp apple prices reported | USD Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) As we will see in the graph below, even though during the first half of 2020 the prices of Honeycrisp decreased in comparison to previous years, in the second half of 2020 and during the first weeks of this year, the prices of the variety increased significantly compared to 2020. Honeycrisp reported prices | USD Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can v

California cherry growers anticipate near-record crop

Overview of the cherry season, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on April 29, 2021  Harvest of the year’s first fresh cherries has begun in California’s southern-most growing areas and will soon be moving its way up the state. “We’re looking forward to 2021 being an excellent year for California cherries in terms of both volume and quality,” said Chris Zanobini, executive director of the California Cherry Board. “Statewide estimates are predicting a crop of 9.47 million 18-pound boxes, which is near the record produced in 2017. Volumes (in Kg) of cherries from California in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) “We’re also really pleased with an industry-wide effort to vaccinate the essential workers who got us through last year’s harvest and packing season in the early days of the pandemic,” said Zanobini. “These workers will be once again

'We started a new avocado campaign'

Overview of Peruvian Hass avocado exports, by San Miguel Corporation, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on May 03, 2021  From Peru, it is expected to export more than 9,000 tons of Hass avocados, the most demanded in the market. In addition, this year other varieties have been added to complement its marketing channel. As it happens at the beginning of autumn every year in the Southern hemisphere, a new avocado campaign has started in San Miguel. For this year, projections indicate export volumes of over 9,000 tons, with North America and Europe as the main destinations. Volume (in Kg) of avocados from Peru in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) "After having achieved a sustained increase in the volumes of Hass avocado in recent years, specifically a 70% increase in our production since its first campaign in 2018, the challenge in 2021

Peruvian citrus production has nearly doubled since 2009

Overview of blueberries and grapes from Peru, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on April 29, 2021  In 2020, Peru's citrus production reached over 1.4 million metric tons (MT), showing an 83 percent increase compared to the little over 800,000MT in 2009, according to local website Agraria. Of total production last year, 38 percent was oranges, 36 was mandarins, 20 percent lemons and 6 percent grapefruits, according to the General Agrarian Directorate (DGA) of the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri). In 2020 the area of planted citrus in Peru added up to over 74,700 hectares (ha) with oranges having around 28,000 ha, lemons with 25,000 ha, mandarins at 17,500 ha and grapefruit with almost 4,000 ha. Mandarins Last year 525,000MT were harvested in Peru with an average price increase from 1.14 sole/kg in 2019 to 1.16 soles/kg in 2020. The region of Lima comes in first place with 46 percent of production,