Smaller US pear harvestThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE US Northwest winter pear crop in 2010 was 13.3% down on 2009, according to statistics just released by the Northwest Pear Bureau. This should be encouraging to pear exporters who have their eyes on the US market. The biggest percentage decline was for Anjou and Beurre Bosc, the two most important winter pear varieties. The Bartlett (Williams) crop was down by 10% from 2009. As of 21 January 2011 there remained 6.4 million cases of winter pears to sell (or 47.1% of the total crop). This is 1.4 million cases fewer than a year ago. The Summer Bartlett crop, while 10% lower than last season, is showing 144 000 cases left to sell (62 000 cases this time last year). However, this volume will easily be out of the market by the time the first Argentine Summer Bartletts arrive in February, the Bureau says, so Argentine and Chilean exporters could find themselves with a strong market in 2011.