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CROP UPDATES

STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Florida

Quality: Quality is good with occasional overripe and water-damaged fruit due to rain.  

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

Pack Counts: Conventional: 26-34; Organic: 26-34 depending on ranch 

Mexico

Quality: Quality is fair due to warm weather with some bruised and overripe fruit. 

Volume: Production is decreasing as the season winds down. 

Pack Counts: Conventional: 28-32, 34-35 depending on ranch 

Oxnard

Region Update: The area experienced significant rain (~3 inches) and cool weather that has slowed ripening and interrupted harvests. Additional rain is forecasted through Wednesday, followed by partly to mostly sunny skies for the rest of the month. 

Quality: Quality of what is getting packed is good with 90 – 95% color. Crews are working diligently to turn in a clean pack.  

Volume: Production will increase rapidly once dry, warmer weather is present. 

Pack Counts: Conventional: 12-16 

Santa Maria

Region Update: The area experienced significant rain (~1.5 inches) and cool weather that has slowed ripening and interrupted harvests.  

Quality: Conventional and organic quality is good with firm fruit and some cosmetic damage and/or green shoulders due to wet, cold weather. Plants are healthy and strong with plenty of green fruit and flowers.  

Volume: Volumes are light but steady as cool, wet weather delays ripening. Production will increase rapidly with dry, warm weather.  

Pack Counts: Conventional spring crop: 12-18-20; Organic spring crop: 14—20; Organic fall crop: 28-36 

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is great.  

Volume: Volume is increasing for both conventional and organic fruit, building toward peak production.  

Oxnard

Quality: Organic fruit quality is good with some underripe fruit due to cold weather. 

Volume: Volumes are below estimates as cold temperatures slow ripening. 

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with some soft and overripe fruit due to warm weather.  

Volume: Production is steady. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with some soft and overripe fruit due to recent warm weather.  

Volume: Production is increasing. 

 

California Giant Berry Farms is now accepting entries for its annual Chef Invitational. Now in its 5th year, the California Giant Chef Invitational is a nationwide culinary competition that calls upon chefs to think outside the box and create innovative, original dishes featuring fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries as the hero of the plate. 

For more information on how to apply to the 2023 California Giant Chef Invitational and to read the complete guidelinesclick here!

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:

“Great product! My kids love strawberries and I’ve purchased these for them and they are the best strawberries I have found in the area. Kudos to you!”

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