Status of the date palm industry in the United States
Despite being ranked 16th in world date production, the United States has a vibrant and progressive date palm industry. In 2020, almost 57,000 MT were produced, mostly of the Deglet Noor and Medjool cultivars, valued at almost USD$ 200,000,000. Domestic date consumption is slowly increasing, while a significant portion of the crop is exported. Imports play a key role as well. This presentation will include the most up-to-date production, consumption, import and export statistics. Details of the actions that US date producers are taking to decrease production costs and increase sustainability will be presented. Also, results from a survey of consumer preferences and subsequent measures that are being launched to increase domestic consumption of fresh fruit and value-added products will be highlighted. Finally, the status of several insect and disease pests that threaten the industry will be detailed.
Wright, G.C. (2023). Status of the date palm industry in the United States. Acta Hortic. 1371, 429-434
cultivars, horticultural practices, insect pests, diseases, trade, marketing