The first shipments of U.S. stone fruit including peaches and nectarines from Idaho, Oregon and Washington arrived in Australia this year. An article in the Fruit Growers News tells the details: http://fruitgrowersnews.com/index.php/efgn/entry/australia-opens-borders-to-u.s.-stone-fruit-efgn-october-2013.
This is great news for our growers focused on early production and working with western U.S. fruit marketing entities. With an estimate of $50 million over the next 5 years, this news is a great boon to growers here in the U.S. The article doesn’t specify if the peaches being sent are melting or non-melting flesh, but it would be great to do an export test to see which ones hold up better during transit and at the consumer end for quality.
In my opinion – “a rising tide lifts all boats”.