Market Update for Tree Fruit

Week of January 25 – January 31

Last week, we saw better arrivals of Chilean nectarines, but now overall volumes of peaches seem to be lighter for the next 10 days. Arrivals of Chilean stone fruit have been anything but consistent, with significantly less fruit destined for the US market this year. FOB’s for 48 and larger peaches and nectarines range from $22-$24 and smaller volume fill are trading from $16-$20. Black plums availability is still very limited with tray packs ranging from $24-$26. Expectations are to see steady pricing on stone fruit all season, as many growers in Chile have transitioned acreage to more profitable commodities like cherries and citrus.

Cherries

Chilean cherry exports hit record levels this year, exceeding 50 million boxes. Chinese New Year falls on February 12th, which extends the window for growers and keeps pricing at profitable levels. As growers packed furiously to get fruit into the China market, we are now coming to a very abrupt end to the season. Overall imports to the US were up this year, but FOB’s remained stable. Most volumes arriving to the US now are all programed-out and we will see very little fruit available on the spot market. Look for pricing to firm with FOB’s ranging from $36-$44 over the next two weeks, until imports finish by the second week of February.