Commodity: Peaches



  • 4399


  • 4043

    yellow, tree-ripened, small

  • 3116

    yellow, tree-ripened, small, east

  • 4044

    yellow, tree-ripened, large

  • 3117

    yellow, tree-ripened, large, east

  • 4400

    white, small

  • 4401

    white, large

  • 3313

    white, tree-ripened, small

  • 3314

    white, tree-ripened, large

  • 4402

    yellow, small, East

  • 4037

    yellow, small, West

  • 4403

    yellow, large, East

  • 4038

    yellow, large, West

  • 3113

    donut/flat Chinese


Commodity Overview

Peaches are a popular favorite summertime fruit. Attract consumers to your store with large stone fruit displays. Promote peaches heavily during peak season to add to your bottom line.


  • Peaches offer health benefits from healthy eyes to a healthy heart. Peaches contain vitamin A. which helps maintain healthy eyes and skin. They also contain antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent cancer. Eating stone fruit like peaches can help prevent obesity-related diseases like diabetes. The choline found in peaches helps support a healthy heart.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the following nutrient content descriptors for peaches: fat-free, saturated fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free, high in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C.

Sales Strategies

  • Peaches are a summertime favorite in many recipes, so cross-merchandise them with canning jars and supplies, baking goods, fruit salad ingredients and pie crusts.
  • Peaches are available nearly year-round, but supply peaks during the summer months. Promote them heavily when supplies are readily available.
  • Fall: Peaches make a great addition to kids’ school lunches. Include them in back-to-school promotions.
  • Winter: Encourage consumers to add sliced peaches to holiday party fruit trays.
  • Spring: As supplies begin to become more plentiful, promote peaches as part of Easter and Mother’s Day promotions. Encourage consumers to think about including them in green and fruit salads.
  • Summer: Promote peaches as a healthy, refreshing summertime snack. Include peaches in summertime baking displays as peach cobbler is always a summertime favorite.
  • Offer samples of white-flesh and yellow-flesh varieties to help consumers become familiar with their differing flavors.
  • Run a single-price promotion on peaches and nectarines to move more of both fruits

Dynamic Displays

  • Offer white-flesh and yellow-flesh peaches to attract consumers who like each type. Clearly label the two types as they look similar from the outside.
  • Peaches bruise easily so use care when stocking your display. Avoid stacking them or dumping them on the display. Keep a careful eye on your peach display and remove any damaged fruit quickly.
  • Display peaches with other tree fruit like nectarines, plums and apricots. During peak season offer plentiful quantities to make a large, attractive display.
  • Place peaches next to plums to create an eye-catching color break.
  • Avoid placing peaches and nectarines right next to each other as their similarity in looks can send consumers home with the wrong item.
  • Include ripening information on your display so consumers know how to ripen the fruit at home.

Food Service

  • Add peaches to breakfast bars as a topping for yogurt.
  • During the summer, consider adding sliced peaches to salads and salad bars.
  • Peaches add a sweet flavor to drinks, including frozen daiquiris, smoothies and milkshakes.
  • Make peach cobbler and peach pie staples of your summertime dessert menu.
  • Sliced peaches are a healthy option to add to your children’s menu.
  • Make peaches into jellies and jams.

In The Backroom


38-lb. ¾-bushel cartons/crates 35-lb. cartons 26-lb. cartons, loose 25-lb. ½-bushel cartons/crates 22-lb. cartons, 2-layer tray pack 18-lb. cartons/lugs, 2-layer (Chile) 18-lb. Western peach boxes 11-lb. crates/flats, 1-layer tray pack 10-lb. cartons 9-lb. cartons, 1-layer RPC -- 6416


United States U.S. Fancy U.S. Extra No. 1 U.S. No. 1 U.S. No. 2 Washington Washington Extra Fancy Washington Fancy Washington No. 2


Temperature: shipping point and in transit, 32 to 34 F (0 to 1 C); receiving, 51 to 77 F (10.6 to 25 C) Relative humidity: 90-95% Mist: no Typical shelf life: 14 to 21 days Ethylene producer (Do not store or transport ethylene-sensitive items with commodities that produce ethylene.) Highly sensitive to freezing injury. (Likely to suffer injury by one light freezing.) The popular red blush may be present on peaches in varying degrees depending upon the variety, but it is not a true sign of maturity.


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Nutrition Labels


1 lb. = about 2 large or 3 medium-sized peaches 1 lb. = about 2 cups peeled/sliced 1 lb. = about 1½ cups peeled/pureed

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