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Lower volumes and higher prices anticipated for California stone fruit

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The California stone fruit season will likely see a drop in volume this season, as reported by Fresh Plaza.

Jon McClarty of HMC Farms in Kingsburg, California says peach shipping will begin early to mid-May. “We’re coming off a big crop last year so the industry was already going to be down a little bit in volume,” he says, noting HMC Farms is shipping from the Central San Joaquin Valley. “But there have also been some frost and hail so there’s also going to be a bit of a decrease in volume due to natural weather events. I would think the industry is going to be 15-20 percent off of last year’s volume overall.”

However, the quality of fruit is expected to be strong as it was last year.

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