Market Update for Tree Fruit
Week of October 26 – November 1
Produce departments around the country have already transitioned to fall displays, leaving very little shelf space left for California stone fruit. Most retailers are now moving away from peaches and nectarines and will rely on black plums to fill the shelves through the balance of the month. Black plum pricing continues to firm with FOB’s ranging from $28.95-$34.95 with size and variety being the determining factors. Early stone fruit from Chile will start entering the US market by the end of November with peaches arriving first, followed by volumes of yellow nectarines in December. With retailers choosing to reduce SKU’s while dealing with the impact of Covid-19, it remains very unclear how consumers will support summer fruit during the winter months and how that relates to retailers making space on the shelves for imported stone fruit.