Oct 18, 2004
CIAB Releases Final Tart Cherry Free and Restricted Percentages

The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB) met Sept. 10 in Portland, Ore., and set the final free and restricted percentages for red tart cherries at 72 percent and 28 percent, respectively.

These percentages were determined using the industry’s actual production for the year rather than the estimate of production that was used to set the preliminary percentages in June. Free tonnage is the portion of the crop that can be marketed without reservation.

There also is made available to tart cherry processors a portion of the harvest that would otherwise be considered restricted to be used to expand market opportunities. This is known as the Market Growth Factor. These products might be marketed without reservation, just as the free tonnage is. For the current year, the Market Growth Factor is 18 million pounds of tart cherry products. Thus, net of the Market Growth Factor, the effective free percentage is 81 percent, and the effective restricted percentage is 19 percent.

The tart cherry industry produced 209 million pounds of cherries during this crop year – only slightly less than the 215 million pounds estimated by the USDA in June. Of this total, 202 million pounds was from restricted producing areas and 7 million pounds was from unrestricted producing areas.

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