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Good-eating California stone fruit sees smaller sizing

Overview of the california stone fruits season by Levon Ganajian of Trinity Fruit, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on June 17, 2021  As California continues to increase its stone fruit supplies, reports continue about the good quality fruit available this season. “It’s been outstanding because of the lack of rain,” says Levon Ganajian of Trinity Fruit Sales in Fresno, CA. “We’re seeing some of the best eating fruit we’ve had in the last five years. It’s clean and visually appealing. Brix levels are much higher than normal--in peaches it’s 12+ and in nectarines it’s as high as 15.” After 4 years, Peru is once again the world's leading exporter of fresh asparagus Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) The season began in the first week of May and while weather conditions, including little rain, has set the stage for good-eating fruit. “This year we’ve p
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After 4 years, Peru is once again the world's leading exporter of fresh asparagus

Overview of the peruvian asparagus exports, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on June 17, 2021  Peru exported 125,386 tons of asparagus for a value of 377.1 million dollars in 2020, which positioned the country as the largest global exporter of this vegetable and allowed it to recover the position that Mexico had snatched from it 4 years ago. This was achieved despite the context unleashed by the pandemic, in which asparagus shipments from Peru contracted by 5% in volume and 4% in value over the previous year, and which caused Mexican shipments to fall by 54% in volume and by 17% in value, according to a report by Fresh Fruit. It should be noted that, worldwide, shipments of this vegetable during 2020 fell by 12% in volume and 7% in value (410,033 tons for 1,252 million dollars). The main market was the United States, with a 68% share (255.6 million dollars). The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, and Canada, together, had a 2

Fewer but better quality of grapes from Mexico

Overview of the Mexican grape season by Michael DuPuis of Divine Flavor, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on June 15, 2021  Following a late start, Mexican grapes are just coming into the heart of the season. Carlos Bon of Divine Flavor based in Nogales, AZ says supplies of older grape varieties including Flames, Sugarones and Summer Royals will finish up in the next week. Then the season moves into shipping proprietary varieties such as Sweet Globe, Sweet Celebration and Midnight Beauties along with specialty varieties from the candy line including Cotton Candy, Gummy Berries, Jelly Berries and Candy Hearts. Some of the varieties (volume in Kg) of grapes from Mexico in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) “While the season started a bit late compared to historical times, it was stronger than what we expected. We didn’t expect to harvest as

Agronometrics in Charts: Strong Q2 finish for avocado industry reflected in USDA data

With the largest avocado companies reporting strong Q2 results (Mission Produce and Calavo), it goes to show that there is plenty of growth left in the avocado industry. Comparing the above reports to the market data made available by the USDA gives us a window into the reality that these companies are navigating. The first thing that will be immediately obvious will be the large increase in volume that the market has enjoyed so far this year, namely in March and April. These months brought in 30% and 23% increases respectively in volume compared to last year. Avocado volumes by history (kilos) Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) There are several factors that lend themselves to these results, among them is the reopening of the U.S. economy which brings with it the reopening of restaurants and the opportunity to commercialize category 2 avocados, which was almost impossible last year. This by itself

Chile's orange export season begins

Overview of the Chilean oranges exports, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on June 14, 2021  The ASOEX Citrus Committee stated that the orange export season had already started. The country exported 279 tons in week 22, accumulating 444 tons to date. 59% of the shipments registered to date are destined for Latin America and the remaining 41% for the east coast of the United States. Shipments to week 22 are 54% lower than in the previous season, which implies there's been a slight delay in the season, stated Juan Enrique Ortuzar, president of the Citrus Committee. "However, the lack of rain and the relatively warm climate should allow the season to continue without inconveniences with a consequent increase in the rate of shipments." The Citrus Committee estimates that the country will export 89,000 tons of oranges this season and that the main destination will be the United States. Historical volumes (in Kg) of orang

Annual volumes of Washington organic blueberries continue to grow

Overview of the upcoming Washington blueberry season by Michael McMillan of Bridges Organic Produce, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on June 10, 2021  The crop outlook for Washington organic blueberries looks strong for the 2021 season. Volumes (in Kg) of blueberry from Washington in the US Market in 2020 Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) “The growing conditions so far have been excellent. We’ve had a bit of heat over the past couple of days but everything is fine. The weather looks cooled off for the next 10 days so it’s ideal conditions,” says Michael McMillan of Bridges Organic Produce. The crop will likely start at the usual time, between June 15-25 and should ship until the middle to second half of September. “The strongest promotional window tends to be the last week of June, which can be a little tight the way the season is going to start, but

Plenty of Mexican mangoes though sizing is predominantly small

Overview of the Mexican mango season by Rodrigo Diaz of Diazteca, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on June 04, 2021  Supplies of Mexican mangoes are steady, though size and color are of note. Rodrigo Diaz of Rio Rico, AZ-based Diazteca says that as of June 1, 32.4 million cases of mangoes crossed from Mexico. This compares to last year’s 31.3 million cases at this time. Mangoes are currently coming from Nayarit, southern Sinaloa and Jalisco. Michoacán is also in production but that will wrap up in about two weeks, which means the region is producing predominantly riper fruit. Volumes (in Kg) of mangoes from Mexico in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) “The largest percentage of mangoes available are Tommy Atkins. It’s the peak of the season,” says Diaz. “But prevailing sizes are smaller--12 counts in a 4 kilogram standard box. There’s ver

"We have managed to export more than one million tons to the United States during the 2021 season"

Overview of mexican avocado exports, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on June 10, 2021  Mexico is one of the main avocado exporters worldwide. Currently, the country exports avocado to 34 countries. The United States is the main destination, followed by Canada, Japan, France, El Salvador, Spain, Honduras, Holland, China, and South Korea, among other markets. Historical volumes (in Kg) of avocados from Mexico in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) "We were able to surpass exporting one million tons to the United States during the 2021 season because producers are constantly striving to plant and harvest a clean high-quality avocado," said Gabriel Villaseñor Zurita, the president of the association. Sustained growth Through various dissemination campaigns, APEAM has promoted the fruit in other countries, always under the Avocados

Agronometrics in Charts: Berry category sees high pricing in 2021 despite supply levels

This week we're going to check out how the volumes and average spot market prices of berries have been behaving in the U.S. market. Blueberries After the elevated blueberry prices between weeks 13 and 17, pricing leveled out to a similar range to the 2020 season. In week 22, the average price for conventional fruit was US$5.07 per kilo, just 1.6 percent higher year-on-year. Volumes are currently coming from California, Georgia, North Carolina and Mexico. Prices of conventional blueberries (USD/KG) in the U.S. market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Volumes have been higher than 2020. In May this year, volumes reached 35.3 million kilograms, which is 22 percent higher year-on-year. Volumes of blueberries (KG) in the U.S. market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Raspberries Moving onto raspberries, prices have

Calif. pear growers expect a larger crop

Overview of the upcoming California pear season by Chris Zanobini of the California Pear Advisory Board, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FarmProgress.com   on May 31, 2021  Volume and quality are expected to be good, and timing should be earlier than in the last couple of seasons. As harvest is set to begin in early July, the California Pear Advisory Board is predicting 2021 will be a great year for marketing pears. Volumes (in Kg) of pears from California in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Inventories from last year’s Northwest pear crop are down from previous years with over 90 percent of the 2020 crop already sold. Volume and quality of California pears are expected to be good, and timing should be earlier than in the last couple of seasons. So far, imports of pears from South American are also down, but California pear growers are preparing for