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CROP UPDATES

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STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Santa Maria

Quality: Organic and conventional quality is good, with occasional bruised and deformed fruit. Size and quality are improving. No rain to report form Hurricane Hillary—we do not expect any quality changes with our fruit.

Volume: Supply is slightly increasing.  

Pack Counts: Organic spring crop: 26-30; Conventional fall crop: 12-14-16; Organic fall crop 12-14-16. 

Watsonville/
Salinas

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Production has leveled off slightly post-peak, however supply will be strong through September. No rain to report form Hurricane Hillary—we do not expect any quality changes with our fruit.

Pack Counts: Conventional: 20-25; Organic: 28-32 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 decreasing. 

Washington

Quality: Quality is good.  

Volume: Volumes are steady as the organic 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 weather. 

Volume: Volumes are increasing.  

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Volumes are peaking. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good.  

Volume: Volumes are increasing. 

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Volume is strong and increasing week over week.  

CPMA

Apr 23rd – 25th
Vancouver, BC

Organic Produce Summit (OPS)

July 10th – 11th
Monterey, CA

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

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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