US growers spot the gap US pear growers see an increased sales opportunity in Europe, according to Jeffrey Correa, international marketing director of the Pear Bureau USA. European Conference is between 10-14% lighter. The Bureau is already planning a range of instore promotions from December to February, and hopes to increase its European exports beyond the 287,000 cartons shipped last year. Despite the effect of drought in some areas of Oregon and Washington state, prospects still look very good for green Anjou which is the main exported variety, as well as Red Winter and Bosc. Over 80% is forecast to be in the top grade. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}