Sutherland started packing Washington cherries last Saturday, June 10th. Quality was exceptionally nice for the first day. Unusual, for the the beginning of the Washington deal. Weather and crop conditions have been ideal this season, which is contributing to good packouts. The Chelan cherry variety is showing good colour of +3.5, Firmtech values of +320, and brix of +15.
Rainier cherry packing is starting today. Quality is looking very good. We will post QC photos to CherrySnobs & Facebook later today for viewing.
Fruit Quality Continues to be Excellent
Presently we have been packing Coral, Chelan, Tulares & Brooks varieties. No major quality defects. Fruit has been of excellent quality, California is having one of its' best seasons in years.
Currently offering 2 grades of cherries:
Asia Premium Quality
Brix: 16.5 - 20
Regular Export Quality
Min: +250 Firmtech
Color: 2.5 - 5
Daily Photos at: www.cherrysnobs.com
Great News! We are beginning our cherry season in about 7 days! Weather and Crop conditions so far have been ideal and we are anticipating excellent crop availability. The first varieties will be Brooks and Coral Champagne, and Rainier, followed by Bing. Sutherland's QC Team as usual, will be going down to California on Thursday to inspect cherry orchards and monitor quality.
Rick and the rest of the team will follow in a few days. We will continue to assess quality, oversee packing, and ship daily to our clients globally. Please give us a call or email us, if we have not yet contacted you. Looking forward to a great cherry season in California.
Kim Lan Hoang 1.403.473.3777
Rick Chong 1.403.616.1977
Ed Huffman 1.250.535.3255
Sarah Bistritz 1.778.214.4268
Kim Hoang inspecting California Cherries
Sutherland SA Produce, always has their own people on the ground working; ensuring quality meets our clients' specs. Investing our time and resources, developing long term strategies that benefit grower and client alike.
Great News! Duty & Tariffs on Canadian Blueberries to China have been significantly reduced in 2017 from 43% to 24.3%.
Sutherland SA Produce, was the only company to ship Canadian Blueberries to Mainland China in 2015, and the highest volumes in 2016. We expect stronger demand this season, with our strategy of combining cherry and blueberry exports by sea container (and of course the lower import taxes).
Contact us to discuss a export blueberry/cherry program
Today the Bing Cherry is the most popular, recognized variety in the world. If you haven't heard the story before, please read below...
horticulturist, namesake of the Bing cherry
A Manchurian Chinese, Bing immigrated to the United States and went to work in the orchards owned by the Lewelling family in Milwaukie, Ore., around 1855. He became a foreman. Reported to have been 6 ft 2 in. tall, Bing supervised up to 30 other Chinese workers and was in charge of several rows of trees in the nursery. The nursery specialized in creating new varieties of fruit by grafting twigs onto different varieties of trees. One of the most famous of their new varieties, the Bing cherry, was named for Bing because he cared for the plants that first produced it. During the anti-Chinese hysteria that swept parts of the West in 1885 and 1886, Bing and the other Chinese workers lived in the Lewelling home for safety. Bing sent money regularly to his family, which had remained in China. After working for the Lewellings for nearly 35 years, he returned to China for a visit around 1889. Because of the anti-Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which was renewed in 1892, Bing was never able to return to America.
The cherry he helped to cultivate is still today the most produced variety of sweet cherry in the U.S.
Inspecting Canadian Cherries
Thanks so much for your interest in our Canadian Cherries. Sutherland S.A. Produce Inc., grows, packs, exports and markets B.C. grown cherries during the months of June through September. We have over 20 years experience exporting fresh cherries to Asia by air and sea.