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Argentina has started its 2020 blueberry export season

Overview of the next argentinean blueberry season, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.


Original published in FreshPlaza.comon September 15, 2020 
Argentina has started its blueberry export season 2020. This year, the Latin American nation will continue being focused on preserving quality and ensuring the sweetness that makes its fruit stand out in the productions of the region.

It will also focus on the production of organic blueberries and on increasing the sea shipping rate.

Weekly blueberry arrivals from Argentina to the US are at 59 tons, of which 17 tons were air freight. Shipments to the EU stood at 36 tons

Historical volumes (in KG) of blueberries from Argentina in the US Market
Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
ABC provides ongoing information on estimated volumes broken out by week, arrival date, market and via. During the season, from September to December, Weekly Crop Reports are issued with t…
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Increased demand for packaged pears

Overview of the Washington and California pear season by Catherine Gipe-Stewart of Superfresh Growers and Scott Fraser of Scully Packing, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.


Original published in FreshPlaza.comon September 15, 2020 
U.S. pear growers anticipate good demand on the 2020 crop of fruit.

“This year’s crop is similar to last year’s within a percent or two at a projected 16.6 million boxes,” says Cat Gipe-Stewart with Domex Superfresh Growers Inc. in Yakima, WA. “The sizing is about the same as last year, maybe one size up. The quality is good but it will be weather-dependent.”

Volumes (in LB) of pear from Washington in the US market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
Harvest for the crop began a week earlier than normal in early August. “We had a cooler spring which slowed things a little but then we had a hot summer. So it all averaged out,” says Gipe-Stewart. She notes that harvesting has fi…

Agronometrics in Charts: Mission Produce IPO and investing in avocados

Earlier this month Mission Avocados made news after announcing that they would file for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) allowing the everyday Jo to purchase a piece of this company that features so prominently in our industry. Mission isn't the first avocado company to be listed on the stock market - Calavo Growers (CVGW) made its IPO in 2002.

The question this article poses is if an Avocado company IPO is worth being a part of and if an Avo IPO is like the tech IPO’s that we hear so much about in the news?

Mission Produce

Mission got its start in 1983, expanding its operations from humble beginnings in Oxnard - distributing avocados in the LA area - to the world's largest shipper of avocados being one of the early adopters investing in Mexico's Michoacan production. Fast forward through the opening of the U.S. market to foreign production and the opening of international markets and today Mission Produce sits at the center of the avocado industry, selling its produ…

Chilean Navel orange demand "robust" in U.S.

Overview of the chilean orange season, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.


Original published in FreshFruitPortal.comon September 11, 2020 
U.S. demand for Chilean navel oranges has been robust since the season started, and the market continues to demonstrate great sales momentum as September progresses, according to the U.S.-based Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.

As of Week 35, Chile had shipped 70,373 tons of navel oranges (95% of its total orange volume) to North America.

Historical volumes (in KG) of oranges from Chile in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
IRI has reported huge ongoing weekly increases in orange sales vs. same week last year, with many weeks showing phenomenal sales increases of more than fifty percent.

Juan Enrique Ortúzar, president of the Chilean Citrus Committee, believes that changing consumer preferences have impacted navel movement this season. He comments, “…

Early South American mangoes reach U.S.

Overview of the mango supply, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.


Original published in ThePacker.comon September 10, 2020 
As mango shipments from Mexico start to wind down, imports from Brazil already are picking up, and Ecuador and Peru won’t be far behind, importers say.

“The overall demand for mangoes, whether they’re fresh or cut or frozen has been very, very high,” said Chris Ciruli, partner at Ciruli Bros. LLC, Rio Rico, Ariz.

Volumes (in LB) of Mangoes in the US market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
This will be the third year that Ciruli Bros. will offer mangoes year-round.

“It’s the direction the customer want to go,” Ciruli said. “It keeps us busy in the months when Mexico isn’t producing.”

Volumes (in LB) of Mangoes in the US market in between Mexican season Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
On average, over the past…

Robust demand continues for Chilean navel oranges

Overview of the chilean orange season, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.


Original published in FreshPlaza.comon September 10, 2020 
U.S. demand for Chilean navel oranges has been robust since the season started, and the market continues to demonstrate high sales momentum as September progresses. As of Week 35, Chile had shipped 70,373 tons of navel oranges (95% of its total orange volume) to North America.

Historical volumes (in KG) of oranges from Chile in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
IRI has reported huge ongoing weekly increases in orange sales vs. same week last year, with many weeks showing sales increases of more than fifty percent. Juan Enrique Ortúzar, president of the Chilean Citrus Committee, believes that changing consumer preferences have impacted navel movement this season. He comments, “Now more than ever, consumers are looking for fresh, healthy foods, and seeking out fr…

Raspberry production in Central Mexico starts up this week

Overview of the raspberry season by Jose Andreu of Alpine Fresh, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.


Original published in FreshPlaza.comon September 02, 2020 
Raspberry supplies continue to be steady though production is ramping up as a new growing region starts up again.

“There are enough raspberries to cover demand at the moment and California and Baja are pretty much the primary growing regions right now,” says Jose Andreu of Alpine Fresh based in Doral, FL. “Then we have central Mexico starting up this week. Production will slowly start up but the peak won’t hit until November. And by then, California and Baja will be on their way out.”

Volumes (in LB) of raspberry in the US market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
Andreu believes that production out of central Mexico could be greater this year by as much as five to 10 percent more. “And California is at its usual production levels right now,” he sa…

Agronometrics in Charts: A citrus pricing snapshot of the U.S. market

This week we're going to take a look at the current state of prices for some of the major citrus categories - specifically grapefruit, lemons, oranges and limes - in the U.S. spot market.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit have over the last few weeks seen a slight upward trend and prices that are significantly higher than in 2019. The average price of conventional grapefruit was around US$1.26 per kilo, which is 40% higher than in 2019. The origins are Mexico, California and Texas.

Prices of non-organic grapefruit in the U.S. market
Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
Lemons

Lemon prices have been in a similar range to last year, remaining relatively stable throughout the year, despite the strong demand rise amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In week 36 the average price of conventional lemons was US$1.39 per kilo, which is 4% up on last year. The supply origins are California, Mexico and Chile

Prices of non-organic lemons …

Summer apple demand grows

Overview of the apple season, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.


Original published in TheProduceNewson September 03, 2020 
As summer months roll on by, apple demand has stayed strong, showing that apples continue to be a summer staple in the United States. With more people eating from home and traveling less, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Gala, and Fuji continue to have their place on the American dining table.

Looking at Nielsen data of the four weeks ending Aug. 8, apples are up 4 percent in dollars, and 5 percent in volume.

Volumes and prices of Apples in the US market
Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)
Honeycrisp demand is outstanding, up 44 percent in volume and up 35 percent in dollars. Granny Smith has also stayed strong this summer, with volume up 12 percent. As new crop Gala, Honeycrisp, and Granny Smith apples enter the market in August and September, these upward trends should remain strong and m…

Argentina gets ready for the 2020 blueberry season

Overview of the next argentinean blueberry season, complemented by charts from Agronometrics.


Original published in FreshPlaza.comon September 03, 2020 
With productive zones implementing strict healthy and safety protocols and an industry working closer than ever towards common goals, the 2020 blueberry season kicks off in Argentina.

Argentina is one of the main players in the global market, exporting blueberries for over 20 years. Its geographical location gives it the advantage of having counter-season crop, which means it can supply during periods of low production in the countries of the Northern Hemisphere. This is why the main destinations are the U.S., which represents 60% of the total exports, followed by Continental Europe and U.K. with 30%, and Canada and Asia, that together account for 10% of the shipments. In recent years, Argentina’s exports have stagnated at around 15,000 tons, representing 10% of the total blueberry offer in the commercial window from August to Decemb…