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2013 Produce Trends

Posted by by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy New Year! Each year as I replace the old calendars on the walls in my office, I reflect on twelve months that just sailed by. It seems these most recent months passed slightly faster than the previous twelve, a feeling I am certain will repeat next year.

The year 2012 was one the most exciting years for produce I have seen! It was full of new and exclusive items that brought some of our produce categories to a whole new level. What’s so wonderfully fun about these items is they brought a little seasonality back to the produce department.

What’s seasonality you ask? It’s why pomegranates are best in the winter and peaches are around more during the summer. Every fruit has their peak season.

For so long, the produce industry has strived to bring customers every item all year-round. That’s quite the opposite of seasonality. It sounds like a great idea, but there are pros and cons to this endeavor.

On one hand, being able to eat healthy fruits and vegetables all year is important to many people. It allows us to have balanced, consistent diets, despite the fact that it is 4 degrees outside. On the other hand, when fruits and vegetables travel great distances over long periods of time they have the potential to lose flavor and freshness. We don’t want that happening in our stores.

At Lunds and Byerly’s, we do our very best to give you the best year round, but we also understand there are certain times of the year when items are at their peak. For this reason, we have aligned ourselves with the best growers in the world in order to bring you the cream of the crop for every season!

I want to remind you of a few trends we saw this past year so that you won’t miss them in 2013:

  • Sumo Tangerines – A piece of citrus like no other. Easy to peal, magical to eat; this one is not easily forgotten. Available from late February through March.
  • Season’s Finest Blackberries – Those who did not believe, now do! Huge, juicy and powerfully sweet. If you don’t like blackberries, you do now! Available May through mid-June.
  • Lori Anne Peaches   – Handpicked, packed in the field and air cooled for the perfect marriage between ripeness and flavor. From South Carolina. Available in July.
  • Flathead Valley Montana Cherries – Grown in the perfect climate and soil, these cherries grow sweet in the long summer days overlooking pristine Flathead Lake. Available in late July.
  • Grapery Grapes  – Delivering on their flavor promise every time, The Grapery offers a higher level of flavor every day and some unique flavors that you won’t believe. Available in late summer.

What else is coming? It’s hard to say right now, but I promise that we will continue to scour the earth to bring you the very finest in flavor and freshness.

Welcome to the New Year - let's fill it with produce!

Tags: trendsproducepomegranatespeachesgrapes

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