Vanguard Updates New Zealand Apple and Pear Crops – Produce Blue Book
ISSAUAH, WA – The New Zealand apple and pear season is nearing harvest and growers have good reason to be positive and optimistic about the season ahead.
We reached out to Luis Gonzalez, who manages Vanguard New Zealand’s buying and selling BB #: 300298, for an update on the 2022 apple and pear season which is fast approaching.
The 2021 season will certainly be remembered as one of the toughest, as it has been for most of the global agricultural commodities industry with the many transport disruptions and market closures due to Covid-19. As Team New Zealand nears the start of harvest for 2022, the outlook and projections are positive and exciting.
Overall, the growing season was very good, with no major adverse events that could compromise fruit quality and condition. We expect quality and condition to be the theme of the 2022 New Zealand apple and pear season.
The spring was warmer than normal with good amounts of rain to counter the potential negative effects of the heat. Recent weather has been hot and dry, but from mid-January we have seen milder weather and rain which should allow the trees to take a break from the heat, stabilize and recover. Sizing should be one size larger than 2021 for all varieties.
Official figures are yet to be released, but the industry should have no problem reaching 23mm apple cartons packed in 2022.
The labor situation has certainly improved since 2021. While there is still a shortage of seasonal workers relied on for harvest work, temporary workers from neighboring islands have managed to fill the gap. this lack. Labor costs increased by approximately 10%. Freight costs have increased and customers should expect to pay between $1.50 and $3.00 per carton more in 2022 than last year.
The outlook for transportation is also positive, as we do not anticipate the same severe challenges this year that we faced last year.
The pear harvest should begin in week 4 and apple weeks 6-7. Most packers will start holding Galas in week 8, but with peak volumes around week 9-10 depending on further developments in the orchards.
Apart from rising costs, the overall outlook for 2022 is very positive. We are eagerly monitoring market behavior, demand patterns, vessel schedules, container availability and the ever-changing Covid environment.
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