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CROP UPDATES

STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Florida

Quality: Quality is great for conventional and organic fruit. 

Volume: Production has slowed due to cold weather slowing ripening. Volumes are expected to increase as weather patterns return to normal mid-week. 

Pack Counts: Conventional: 18-20, 20-22 depending on ranch; Organic: 18-22, 24-28 depending on ranch 

Mexico

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

Volume: Production is steady due to fluctuating cooler weather patterns.  

Pack Counts: Conventional: 24-28 depending on ranch 

Oxnard

Weather: The region has been experiencing significant rain and cool weather that has slowed ripening and interrupted harvests. Harvest schedules will be evaluated after the last storm systems come through. Production will increase quickly once dry, warmer weather is present.

Santa Maria

Weather: Severe weather event last week. While fields are hooped, flooded furrows, mud and erosion have prevented harvesting. Harvests will continue when rain ceases and furrows are able to dry.

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Chile

Quality: Quality on arrival and at origin is excellent.   

Volume: Volume is increasing with conventional peak projected to start mid-January. There have been some arrival delays due to extreme weather in California.   

Mexico

Quality: Quality is great overall. 

Volume: Volume is steady as production transitions from fall crop to spring crop.  

Oxnard

Quality: Quality is excellent with great size and bloom.  

Volume: Production is steady.  

Peru

Quality: Quality is good at origin.  

Volume: The last organic container is anticipated to arrive this week. Political unrest has caused slowing at the ports.  

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

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

Volume: Production is increasing each week. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with occasional calyx retention and dried tips. 

Volume: Production is steady. 

USHBC/NABC Spring Meeting

February 21 – 24, 2023
San Diego, CA

Southern Exposure: The Final Frontier

March 2 – 4, 2023
Orlando, FL

Women’s Fresh Perspective

April 16 – 19, 2023
Orlando, FL

CPMA

April 25 -27, 2023
Toronto, Canada

FPFC Expo

April 27, 2023
Anaheim, CA

Sustainable Produce Summit

May 18, 2023
Palm Desert, CA

West Coast Produce Expo

May 18 – 20, 2023
Palm Desert, CA

Organic Produce Summit (OPS)

July 12 – 13, 2023
Monterey, CA

The Foodservice Conference

July 27 – 28, 2023
Monterey, CA

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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