Great pumpkin harvest expected for 2020

Families looking to hit the pumpkin patch ahead of Halloween and through the fall are in for a treat as 2020 look to be a bumper pumpkin crop. A good crop will be needed as strong demand is expected this fall as families look [...]

Washington apple crop to be about the same YOY

Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) forecasts the 2020 Washington apple crop at 134 million 40-pound boxes, up just 100,000 boxes year over year. Around 21 million of those boxes will be organic apples as organic production rose 40 percent YOY. Washington apple farmers [...]

Weak dollar helping boost commodity prices

This past week’s Fed meeting and comments from Chairman Powell hinted at continued low-interest rates and a dovish stance to help the economy regain its footing in the current COVID-19 environment. Historically low-interest rates have already made an impact on the economy via a [...]

AJC imports continued to rebound in May

The U.S. imported 51.03 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons of apple juice in May, up 11 percent from April and up 19 percent from a year ago. Imports of apple juice concentrate fell sharply in March to just 32.44 million SSE gallons as supply from [...]

U.S. pineapple consumption down from 2019

With several months of import data, it looks like 2020 is another year of lower demand for most pineapple products. Fresh, canned, and juice categories all show slight to modest negative YOY growth; frozen pineapple has seen higher demand, but this category is still [...]

Blueberry harvest to start soon

This year’s cultivated blueberry crop is expected to be average to above average. Unlike the tart cherry crop that was hit hard due to an early freeze, the blueberry crop was not impacted. Harvest should start in the next few weeks, and overall production [...]

Sharp decline in tart cherry crop

There is considerable concern about the size of the tart cherry crop this year. Frost conditions during spring may have had a big impact on the development of this year’s crop. USDA is forecasting 2020 tart cherry production at 197 million raw pounds, down [...]

April AJC imports near 46 million SSE gallons

The U.S. imported 45.8 million single-strength-equivalent gallons of apple juice during April, up 41 percent from March and up 12 percent from a year ago. Importers may have playing catchup after business with China declined sharply during China’s COVID shutdown: 65 percent of apple [...]

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