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Santa Maria

Quality: Conventional and organic quality is good. Due to the high heat, fruit is ripen quickly, resulting in smaller sizing and softer skinned fruit. 

Volume: The season is winding down and production is reducing week-over-week.

Pack Counts: Conventional 22-26 depending on ranch; Organic 22-26 depending on ranch. 


Quality: Quality is great, with nice sheen and excellent flavor. Some occurrences of overripe and misshapen fruit.

Volume: Production has confirmed to have passed peak, and are expecting decreasing production for the following weeks.

Pack Counts: Conventional 16-22; Organic 22-26, depending on ranch. 



Central Valley

Quality: Quality is good with occasional soft fruit

Volume: Conventional production is expecting the last week of June to end the season.


Quality: Quality is good with some scarred and shriveled fruit due to hot weather. 

Volume: Volumes are decreasing due to unfavorable weather.

Pacific Northwest

Region Update: Initial scratch pickings are scheduled to begin this weekend. Fruit sets look excellent but are slow to bloom due to low temps and foggy, rainy days. PNW is expected to hit large volume towards the middle of July.




Quality: Quality is good overall with occasional light-colored fruit.  

Volume: Volumes are steady. 


Quality: Quality is great.

Volume: Volumes are increasing.




Quality: Quality is good with nice sheen and color. Current defects are occasional regression and overripe fruit.

Volume: Volumes are increasing. 


Quality: Quality is good.

Volume: Volumes are increasing. 

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