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CROP UPDATES

STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Oxnard

Quality: Crews are currently harvesting Winter/Spring Crop. Quality is good with good sheen, shape, firmness, 90-95% coloring. 

Volume: Volumes are light due recent rain events; however are anticipated to increase with improved weather conditions.  

Pack Counts: 14-18, depending on ranch.

Santa Maria

Quality: Crews continue to clean-up organic crops following the rain and are resuming harvesting conventional fruit this week. Quality is good with occurrences of green shoulders and some pinrot. Fruit has a nice shape, sheen and flavor. 

Volume: Volumes are slated to increase with improved weather conditions.  

Pack Counts: 12-16, depending on ranch.

Florida

Quality: Conventional and organic quality is good with occasional green shoulder and misshapen fruit. The area received a total accumulation of 2.88 inches of rain last week. Crews are throwing down a fair amount of damaged fruit to ensure a clean pack. 

Volume: Volumes are slated to increase with improved weather conditions.  

Pack Counts: Conventional: 10-12, 14-16, depending on ranch; Organic: 12-16 depending on ranch

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good overall with some heat related defects of overripe and soft-skinned fruit. Temperatures are expected to normalize this week and improve quality. 

Volume: Production is peaking. 

Pack Counts: Conventional: 25-28, depending on ranch

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Chile

Quality: Quality is good with some soft, shriveled fruit.

Volume: Volumes are expected to increase.

Oxnard

Quality: Organic quality is great

Volume: Cool wet weather has slowed ripening in the region. Production will steadily increase over the next 4 weeks.

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with occasional attached flowers. 

Volume: Volume will steadily increase over the coming months. Spring crop peak is forecasted for weeks 10-16.

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is very good with nice size and firmness.

Volume: Conventional and organic volumes are steady. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good overall with some red cell and leaky fruit. 

Volume: Volumes are steady. 

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:

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

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