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STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Santa Maria

Quality: Organic and conventional quality is good, with occasional bruised and/or deformed fruit. Ranches are dealing with Lygus pressure. Crews are working diligently to put together a clean pack. 

Volume: Supply is increasing. Peak volumes forecasted in approximately 4 weeks. 

Pack Counts: Organic spring crop: 24-26, 30-32, depending on ranch; Conventional fall crop: 14-16-18; Organic fall crop 1-18, 20-24, depending on ranch.  

Watsonville/
Salinas

Quality: Quality is good. 

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

Pack Counts: Conventional: 20-24; Organic: 24-28, depending on ranch. 

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is great, with nice bloom, size and flavor. 

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 wraps 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 steady.  

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Volumes are peaking. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

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

Volume: Volumes are steady. 

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is good. 

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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