Headquartered in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley, BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BC Tree Fruits) is predicting a record cherry crop. Ideal weather conditions through bloom and post-bloom, combined with the maturation of new plantings account for the positive prospects. Okanagan cherries are expected to be in retail stores by the end of June.
The 12 million pound estimate is the same as last year, however the 2017 crop came in short at 10.1 million pounds due to hot weather.
In addition to cherries, BC Tree Fruits is anticipating a very good peach, nectarine, prune, plum and table grape crop with volumes either slightly up or similar to last year says BC Tree Fruits marketing manager Chris Pollock.
The primary market for BC Tree Fruits remains western Canada. BC Tree Fruits also continues to export increased volumes of cherries to the United States and key export markets.
Source: BC Tree Fruits Cooperative May 24, 2018 news release