There are three different pears that are typically grown in the United States – European pears, American hybrids and Asian pears. Bartlett pears are the most commonly grown variety in America, accounting for about 70 percent of the market. Many of these are immediately sent to manufacturers for canning purposes.
Consider adding pears to your store, whether in the form of fresh pears, pear juice or other pear products such as canned pears. If you’re located in the right region, you can even grow your own pear tree. Before adding pears to your product lineup, consider the following:
1. Do you have a market for fresh wholesale pears from local or international suppliers?
2. Would you consider adding canned pear products to your store?
3. Would your customers be interested in pear juice?
4. Do you live in an area where you could produce your own pears?
Check out fresh products from pear fruit distributorsThere are a variety of international and national pear growers that distribute to all areas of the United States. Be aware of the pear harvesting season for each of the pear growers so you can know when to start marketing your pears.
Find distributors of canned pearsPears have a long-standing tradition of being available canned. Although not as delectable as a freshly picked pear, canned varieties do have their merit and are often used in desserts.
Explore pear juice manufacturersWhile probably not the most common way of enjoying the health benefits and delicious taste of pears, pear juice is another product available on the market. Look for organic varieties from distributors, too.
Grow your own pear treePear trees can be found in local nurseries, depending on your location, or online. Rather than starting your venture with pear seeds, you'll likely buy a pear tree from reputable nurseries. Most trees need a combination of nutrient-rich soil, ample moisture and ideal temperatures (balance of hot days and cool nights) like the kind found in Oregon and Washington.
- Order a small quantity of pears or pear products as your first shipment. You want to be sure customers are interested in the product before you invest too much money into it.