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center_img U.S. Senators introduce bill to hire more ag inspe … He elaborates, saying that the industry has had a very good year in Korea.Meanwhile, it has seen great growth in the Vietnam market, which he says “shows us that it’s going to be a long-term market for our growers.””We’ve seen good quality, high volumes going into Taiwan, and Canada is our number one export market and continues to be,” he adds.Auvil’s surprising bump in cherry exports to ChinaIn the case of Auvil Fruit Company, the entity actually performed better in China over last year.Norwood comments: “Even though there were tariffs, there were tariffs in place last year. So, for us, we sent a really good volume and what we’d hoped for in China.”Beyond this anomaly, Norwood says the company has fared well in its other key export destinations – Japan and Taiwan.”For us, we’re heavy to export with our cherries. We do kind of a specialty pack here at Auvil Fruit.”A high percentage of what we pack and sell goes to Japan and it’s more of a gift market that’s presold, whereas not a lot of our competitors do that.”He adds that the company saw very good demand in Taiwan this season as well.Tech’s impact on the cherry industryLooking to how the industry is advancing, one can’t ignore the role technology is playing.”The advent of electronic defect sizing and sorting machines have really changed the industry in terms of being able to deliver quality and consistency, and that’s been over the last five or six years,” says Shales.Thurlby explains further: “Every year we see more and more optical sorting lines coming into our industry.”There’s almost 100% saturation where we have the high-tech sorting capability and we’re seeing some really beautiful packs show up on the market. Packers can now put up a perfectly colored pack, with uniform color and uniform size.”When it comes to the end product, both Shale and Thurlby emphasize the positive influence these advances have had.”It has a huge role in what we can do and what we can put together in terms of size and pack that consumers will respond to. I just see the technology continuing to evolve.”In my opinion, it’s only going to get better for the consumer,” explains Thurlby.”Investment in that type of technology is where we have to be when it comes to staying ahead of the curve,” Shales adds. You might also be interested inlast_img read more