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STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Santa Maria

Quality: Organic quality is good, with occasional bruised and deformed fruit. Size and quality are improving. Crews are evaluating any damage from the rain event in Santa Maria and will be dropping any subpar fruit. 

Volume: Organic supply is slightly increasing. First harvests of conventional fall crop are anticipated to begin at the end of August.  

Pack Counts: Organic 24-30 

Watsonville/
Salinas

Quality: Quality is good. Plants have a strong set of flowers.   

Volume: Production has leveled off slightly post-peak, however supply will be strong through September. 

Pack Counts: Conventional: 18-20, 22-26 depending on ranch; Organic: 24-26 depending on ranch. 

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality of organic and conventional fruit is great. Wet weather has delayed fall crop ripening.   

Volume: Volume is light, yet steady. 

Oregon

Quality: Quality of organic and conventional fruit is good.  

Volume: Volume is starting to taper off peak, but strong.  

Washington

Quality: Quality of organic fruit is good.  

Volume: Volumes are steady as the season begins to wrap up. 

British Columbia

Quality: Quality of conventional fruit is good.  

Volume: Volumes are expected to be steady through the next few weeks. 

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with some overripe and broken fruit due to wet weather. 

Volume: Volume has decreased slightly but is expected to increase in the coming weeks.  

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is excellent. 

Volume: Volumes are increasing week over week. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with nice sheen and flavor and occasional overripe and leaky fruit.  

Volume: Volumes are light. 

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is excellent. 

Volume: Volume is strong and increasing week over week.  

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:

“I wanted to thank you for the care and quality you put into your blackberries. They are the only brand I will buy because of the consistency of care you put into every package. The blackberries are by far the best I have ever eaten and I thank you for your efforts in quality control.”

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