Chilean cherry exports nicked by hail

Chilean cherry exports nicked by hail

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After accounting for recent hail storms, the Chilean Cherry Committee has decreased its export estimate for the 2018-19 season.

The committee said the current export projection for 2018-19 Chilean cherries is 10.5% lower than last season and off 7.1% from the initial estimate this year.

The current cherry export estimate is pegged at 33.44 million boxes, down from 37.38 million boxes a year ago.

Peak export shipments of Chile cherries are expected the last week of December and the first week of January, according to the group. Shipments will finish by late February.

Most Chilean cherries are exported to China, but the U.S. also receives volume. 

Through Nov. 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that season-to-date-shipments of Chilean cherries to the U.S. totaled 200,000 pounds, down from 2 million pounds for the same period last year.