It may be fun to grow BIG fruit. But how do you sell it? A lot of fruit like avocado and dragon fruit is sold by the piece and others like apples and navel oranges are sold by the pound. How would this be sold?
Hawaiian family claims pomelo
sets world record
reproduced from: hawaiinewsnow.comm
A family from Moanalua (Honolulu), Hawaii is claiming their tree produced a world record-setting fruit. The Nishimura family says their tree created a massive jabong, or pomelo.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest pomelo weighed 10 pounds 11.3 ounces. It was grown by the Kumamoto Prefectural Yatsushiro Agricultural High School in Yatsushiro, Japan in 2014.
The large fruit weighed in at 12 pounds, potentially setting a new world record. (Source: HNN)
“The record is like 10 pounds, so this beats it by two pounds,” Kaito Nishimura said. “My grandpa actually got the tree and he said this is the biggest one he's seen in his life,” Nishimura added.
The family isn't exactly sure what they're gonna do with the 12-pound fruit. According to hawaiinewsnow.comm they'll need to get the weight verified by world record officials to get it in the books.
Photo: Huge fruit in perspective (Source: Hawaii News Now)/h1>/h1>
Meet the Buyer: An L.A. Produce Market Tour for Los Angeles Growers and Food Advocates
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- Author: Art Bliss, Avocado Grower and CAC Representative
NOTES FROM CAC MEETING
January 30, 2014
President's Report (Tom Bellamore)
2013 crop was 2nd highest total dollar return ($ 435,000,000 with 500,000,000 lbs = $ .87 per pound average)
Labeling initiative showing fruit was grown in California
--Staff and ad agencies feel strongly about its benefits
--Preliminary test and consumer intercepts were favorable
--Tom Bellemore and Jan DeLyser have been meeting w/ packers and several packers (Mission,
Index, WesPac) are willing to try this on a trial basis. CAC's opinion is that this becomes
more important as the market becomes more fractured with more off-shore points of origin.
With several other Mexican states seeking entry, USDA is seeking streamlined approach to U.S. markets. CAC and APEAM jointly met with USDA to provide comments on this process.
Polyphagus Shot-Hole Borer—CAC met w/ CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and they are proposing a “Summit” for a limited number of participants (USDA, Forest Service, EPA, Congressional delegations) to highlight the problem. Other industries haven't stepped up yet, so seeking help from CDFA to highlight this.
Pine Tree Ranch—Open House/Field Day was held last week w/ good response from growers. Will be using this more and more as outreach, especially on cultural issues.
Industry Affairs (Ken Melban)
Water/Metropolitan Water District
--Water cost is up 234% in 10 years.
--Currently in this drought year, the southern part of state has better supply because of
banking than northern area (San Luis Obispo/Nipomo/Arroyo Grande)
Marketing (Jan DeLyser)
All surveys show preference for California Brand continues.
Attributed to perception of freshness, locally grown, personal attention by grower
The number of “heavy users” is increasing as well as total market penetration
The importance of “California Grown” continues w/ consumers checking country of origin
Perception of California fruit is “premium” both in the markets where CAC advertising occurs and in non-ad markets.
Customer intercepts say Ads are memorable/likable/relevant
This year's campaign
--This year's emphasis will be “limited season”, the “limited region capable of growing
avocados” and the longer time it takes to “hand-craft” the crop—trying to increase
perception of “premium”
--Mass ads are scheduled late-April through early-September and will be trying to support crop
when it is in the market.
--Crop size is predicted to be 280,000,000 to 300,000,000
Global AMRIC begins this summer on voluntary basis by importers. Does not include reporting price.
Production Research (Tim Spann)
Polyphagus Shot Hole Borer
--New finding in El Cajon which is significantly south of latest finding. Found on a golf course
with numerous sycamore tree infested. Determined by DNA to be from Taiwan rather than
the northern findings in L.A. and Orange County which seem to originate in Viet Nam and
CAC sent out Request for Proposals for rootstock breeding program. Sent out worldwide and getting interest from USDA, New Zealand, South Africa
Hass Avocado Board (Emiliano Escobedo)
After 2 years of discussion a proposal was approved to include one representative from each producing country on the International Representation Committee. They would make recommendations and report to the HAB board who continues to make the final recommendations to the Secretary of the USDA. The composition of the HAB board remains at 7 California Growers and 5 importers.
It can't be any more local than this. This is a juice container with the image and name of the person who has personally juiced your oranges right in front of you. This is almost the ultimate in branding for a locally produced product. This is clever advertizing for the product and it will stick in the mind of the consumer. Every time a glass of this Valencia orange juice is poured, it will remind the buyer that this is the place to go next time to buy orange juice, especially if it is good tasting juice!
You see the darndest things in orchards, aside from all the junk that people throw out of their cars. Here's a case where someone had a little time on their hands and tattooed some fruit in the field. Apparently it was some pointed object that scared the skin and then it healed over. Maybe this is a new marketing opportunity for Meyer lemons.
photo by S. Caughey