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STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Florida

Quality: Quality is great with occasional bronzing or water damage due to cold weather and previous heavy hurricane rain. Weather is expected to warm up this week.  

Volume: Production is increasing as the season gets underway.  

Pack Counts: Conventional: 25-28; Organic: 30-36 

Mexico

Quality: Quality is excellent.  

Volume: Volume is increasing with peak production anticipated to start in December.  

Pack Counts: Conventional: 20-26, 26-28 depending on ranch 

Santa Maria

Quality: Quality is good as crews work hard to ensure clean packs. 

Volume: Production continues to slowly decrease.  

Pack Counts: Conventional Fall Crop: 20-25; Organic Fall Crop: 20-25, 28-32 depending on

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Chile

Quality: Container quality is very good. Chile experienced frost, rain, and hail last week causing some damage to ripening and mature fruit. The extent of the damage is still being assessed.  

Volume: The first arrivals are expected next week.  

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good. Affected growers are working hard to control mite pressure.  

Volume: Peak production is starting and is expected to continue through early December.  

Oxnard

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Production is slowly increasing.  

Peru

Quality: Quality is good.  

Volume: Conventional arrivals are almost finished for the season. Organic arrivals will continue until the end of December.  

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Production is increasing toward a December peak.  

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is good for the end of the season. 

Volume: Production is expected to finish this week.  

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is very good. 

Volume: Production is steadily increasing.  

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is good with some calyx retention due to cold weather.  

Volume: Production is expected to finish this week.  

Global Organic Produce Expo (GOPEX)

Jan. 30 – Feb. 2

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

“I don’t ever write reviews but felt the need to say that I purchased a container of blueberries from my local grocery store and they were absolutely delicious. The best blueberries I have had in a very long time. They were very big and very sweet. I will continue to buy your berries whenever I see the California Giant name in my grocery store. Thank you for a fantastic product!”

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