YAKIMA, Wash. — Domex Superfresh Growers anticipates a significant boost in organic pear volume for 2011-12.
Organic green bartlett volumes should shoot up 22%, while green anjous are projected to be 44% above last year, said Loren Queen, marketing and communications manager.
“Organic pear demand is continuing to grow,” he said. “The consumer for pears shares a similar demographic for our consumers of organic fruit.”
Domex Superfresh accounts for about 15% of the conventional Northwest pear deal but close to 50% of Northwest organic pears, Queen said.
He said the firm generally expects to have organic pears through April and May, and will ship about 350,000 of the projected 760,000 boxes of organic pear volume in the state this year.
The firm has organic pear volume in various districts, but primarily markets fruit from the Wenatchee district and Hood River, Ore., he said.
Bartletts are projected to start Aug. 25, about two weeks behind the typical start time of Aug. 10.
Cool weather and a delayed bloom put crop maturity in catch-up mode, compared with a normal season, Queen said.
Meanwhile, anjou harvest in the Yakima region should begin about Sept. 8.