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CROP UPDATES

STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Oxnard

Quality: Quality is good with nice sheen, firmness, 90-100% color, and occasional bruising. Dry weather is improving botrytis.

Volume: Peak production is forecasted to continue for two more weeks.

Pack Counts: 16-18, 20-22 depending on ranch

Santa Maria

Quality: Conventional and organic quality is good overall with some occurrences of bruising, green shoulders, and deformed fruit. Crews are doing a good job keeping packs clean. 

Volume: Production continues to increase.

Pack Counts: Conventional 14-16, 18-20 depending on ranch; Organic 14-18

Watsonville/Salinas

Quality: Quality is great with nice shape, sheen, and size. The only defects are dry calyx and occasional green shoulders from cool weather.  

Volume: Volumes are increasing each week with peak production forecasted for June. 

Pack Counts: Conventional 10-12; Organic 14-16

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Central Valley

Quality: Quality is good

Volume: Organic volumes are increasing as light conventional harvests start.

Florida/Georgia

Quality: Quality is very good with nice bloom and size. The only defect is occasional soft fruit. 

Volume: Volumes are in peak production. 

Oxnard

Quality: Organic quality is good with occasional soft fruit

Volume: Volumes continue to decrease post peak production.

Mexico

Quality: Quality is very good. The only defects are occasional shriveled fruit and attached stems or flower debris. 

Volume: Volumes are decreasing slightly.

 

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good overall with occasional soft fruit due to hot weather.  

Volume: Volumes are steady. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with some red cell and small-sized fruit due to hot, dry, windy weather.   

Volume: Volumes are steady. 

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Organic Produce Summit (OPS)

July 10th – 11th
Monterey, CA
Booth #503

 

IFPA Foodservice Conference

July 25th – 26th
Monterey, CA
Booth #617

SEPC Southern Innovations

Sept. 12th – 14th
Nashville, TN

 

IFPA Global Produce & Floral Show

Oct. 17th – 18th
Atlanta, GA
Booth #B1439

A berry nice note from a California Giant Berry Farms shopper:

“Absolutely delicious! Unbelievable life span (refrigerated)! Just as good today as when purchased 5 days ago!”

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