14th June 2022


Strong demand and limited supply continue for California Prunes

The California Prune Board’s Executive Committee is estimating 75,000 short tons (68,000 MT) in volume for the 2022 prune crop year. While it is still early, this estimation tracks with the average high-quality crop that California is known for. The premium quality and range of optimum sizes of California Prunes will have significant demand as global inventory remains constrained, adding upward pressure on the value of the fruit.

“The oversupply from just a few years ago has morphed into a very tight market due to erratic global supply and weather-related challenges over the past couple of years,” says Donn Zea Executive Director for the California Prune Board. “Medium-to-large prunes will be the primary domain of California this year.”

As consumption of healthy, shelf-stable foods continues to gain traction, demand for California Prunes in markets around the world remains strong. California Prune growers and processors consistently produce premium fruit with a focus on sizing and legendary flavour, delivering to 60 countries each year.


The California Prune Board was established in 1952 to represent growers and handlers under the authority of the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture. California is the world’s largest producer of prunes with orchards across 14 counties in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. Promoting a lifetime of wellness through the enjoyment of California Prunes, the organisation leads the premium prune category with generations of craftsmanship supported by California’s leading food safety and sustainability standards. California Prunes. Prunes. For life.

Kathryn Swinglehurst, Apple Tree Communications (ATC) Ltd /  E:  kath@appletreecomms.co.uk / T: +44 (0) 7775 814156