Market Update for Tree Fruit

Week of July 15 – July 21

We’ve seen a slight uptick in movement of California stone fruit, although consumer support is only fair at best.  Pricing on premium sized 2-layer yellow peaches and nectarines currently ranges from $14.95-$16.95 with the mostly market at $16.95.  Good volumes of white flesh varieties are also available and fetching $1-$2 higher.  Supplies of good quality apricots are readily available with pricing ranging from $18.95-$20.95 for 50 and 60 series 2-layer trays. Good volumes of Owen T plums and other varieties like Black Magic are available with pricing ranging from $20.95-$24.95 FOB. Once the volumes of regional peaches and nectarines start to decline, we should see a bump in retail and consumer support for California fruit.

Cherries

The industry continues to move through good volumes of Northwest cherries in a controlled fashion.  Good supplies of red cherries continue to be available, while many growers are now winding down on Rainier production for the year.  Expectations are to see steady supplies available through the balance of the month, but expect to see FOB’s tick higher week to week as volumes start declining towards the first week of August. Pricing may open this week from $24.90-$26.90 on 11 row, 28.90-32.90 on 10.5 row and $32.90-$34.90 on 10 row and larger.  British Colombia is expected to have good supplies available and marketers are hoping for strong pricing as domestic supplies begin to finish towards the end of the month.