Jealous Fruits’ ambitious expansion plans will provide packing capacity for new plantings that will come into production in 2019. A total of 740 acres will be bearing fruit this year. The biggest increase in yields, the company predicts, will start in 2020.
“In 2018 we planted 110 acres, 120 acres in 2019 and are projecting to plant 170 acres in 2020,” says Julie McLachlan, general sales manager
With production expected to almost double over the next few years, the company is building a state-of-the-art packing shed that will feature a 28-lane UNITEC optical sizer. The new receiving and shipping cooler should be operational ahead of the 2019 season that begins in early July, with the main harvest commencing mid-July and continuing through late August. The company is also looking at robotic palletizers for the near future.
The company is looking forward to shipping into Japan this year. ”As it is a new market, it is difficult to gauge the volume we’ll be shipping but initial interest in large size cherries has been strong,” McLachlan says.
Canadian exporters were granted full market access to Japan for 2019, following trial access in 2018.
Source: Jealous Fruits email communication, May 24, 2019