Why do cherry prices increase?
We have tried to keep cherry prices stable consistently over the years. However, as with any business
(and with even your own households), costs definitely affect product prices.
Here are some of the factors affecting cherry
Fuel costs have
increased 140% in the past 4 years !
and other utilities have increased 115% in the past 2 years !
insurance has increased 140% in the past year !
insurance (for farm labor) has increased 25% in the past year.
chemical and supply (i.e. irrigation, pest control, etc.) costs have increased 35% in the past 2 years
Property taxes have increased 50% in the past 1 year.
Sales taxes (for farm supplies) have increased from 8.75% to 9%.
Marketing costs (i.e. postage, web fees, etc.) have increased 10% in the past 3 years.
These are many if not all of the factors affecting the price of cherries. We
hope this brief cost analysis will hopefully help people understand why the cherry price in 2015 had a minor increase of 8%
to pay increased costs. Price per pound increased from $3.75 to $3.95 in 2015. A $10 bucket
of cherries rose approx to $10.50 for 2015.