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CROP UPDATES

STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Florida

Quality: Quality is great for both conventional and organic fruit. 

Volume: Volumes are increasing due to optimal weather conditions. 

Pack Counts: Conventional: 16-18, 22-24 depending on ranch; Organic: 14-22 depending on ranch 

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with occasional green, overripe or cold-damaged fruit.  

Volume: Production is decreasing slightly as the season winds down.

Pack Counts: Conventional: 24-28 depending on ranch 

Oxnard

Quality: Quality is good with nice shape, sheen and 95%+ color.  

Volume: Volumes are increasing due to warmer temperatures that will influence ripening.  

Pack Counts: Conventional 12-16 

Santa Maria

Quality: Quality is good for organic and conventional fruit, with some frost damaged or deformed fruit. 

Volume: First harvests began this week of conventional spring crop. Organic fall crop volumes are steady. 

Pack Counts: Conventional spring crop: 12-16; Organic fall crop: 28-32 

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Chile

Quality: Quality on arrival and at origin is good.   

Volume: Volume is decreasing due to temperatures in the 90’s followed by rain.  

Mexico

Quality: Quality is great with excellent bloom and flavor.  

Volume: Volume is increasing and forecasted to peak weeks 6-14. 

Oxnard

Quality: Quality is excellent with great size and bloom.  

Volume: Volumes are decreasing due to slow ripening. Peak production is forecast for weeks 14-19. 

Peru

Quality: Quality is good at origin.  

Volume: We have two more organic containers for the season, including a full load of organic pints arriving this week. 

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with occasional broken or overripe fruit.  

Volume: Production is steady. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with occasional red cell and leaky berries.  

Volume: Production is steady. 

Southern Innovations – Org & FDS

September 14 -16, 2023
Charlotte, NC

Global Produce & Floral Show

October 19 – 21, 2023
Anaheim, CA

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

“I am in Quebec, Canada. I just opened a box of your raspberries. They are the best that I have ever tasted. They are huge, deep red, and sweet just like the berries my aunt used to grow in her garden back in the 50’s and 60’s. When the berries were ripe I would walk about her raspberries and pluck them right off of the bushes. You brought back a wonderful memory to me. Thank you so much. Please pass my message on to the workers in the fields so they know their work is appreciated. Thank you and happy harvesting!”

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