Raisins drying in the sun

Raisins drying in the sun.

California raisins hit record price in 2012

California raisin prices hit record in 2012.

Raisin prices in 2012 reached a record level in California, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Raisin purchases from producers, for whom pricing was finalized, reached 220,602 tons at an average price of $1,864 per ton, according to the CDFA.

Purchases from producers for whom pricing was not finalized in 2012 totaled more than 92,000 tons at an average “good faith” price of $1,852 per ton.

Walnut and prune numbers were also part of a recent state report.

The total 2012 walnut crop purchased from producers, for whom pricing had been finalized, reached more than 453,000 tons at an average price of 152.3 cents per pound, according to the CDFA.

Purchases from producers for whom pricing had not been finalized came in at a little more than 17,000 tons, with a “good faith” price estimate of 127.5 cents per pound.

Chandler, Tulare and Howard varieties were the top three varieties handled. More than 207,000 tons of Chandlers were handled in the 2012 crop year.

California’s prune crop averaged $1,214 per ton on finalized purchases of 38,297 tons of fruit. An additional 64,473 tons of prunes, where prices were not finalized, carry a “good faith” estimate of $1,392 per ton.