Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
During the recession, demand sank due to lower income levels and consumers purchasing canned or processed fruit to save money. However, the industry is on the road to recovery, with consumers projected to purchase higher-priced fresh fruits because of the health value. Additionally, international trade will be a significant market for operators, with imports and exports increasing substantially over the next five years... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter
The majority of farmers, including those growing fruits and nuts, are small family-run enterprises. They generally own and operate their farms supplementing family labor with hired hands only during key periods such as harvesting season. On the other end of the spectrum are a smaller number of commercial farms, which dominate industry revenue and acreage. Even so, the production value is dispersed such that no single farm receives a large proportion of the industry's total revenue. The distribution of employment is linked closely to production values, with the few commercial mega-farms employing the vast majority of laborers.
In an effort to consolidate this dispersed market power, farmers commonly pool their resources to farm co-operatives... purchase to read more