The Trade Buzz

CROP UPDATES

STRAWBERRIES

strawberry

Santa Maria

Quality: Organic and conventional quality is good, with occasional pinrot due to damp mornings and some deformed tips. Ranches are dealing with mite/Lygus pressure. Crews are focused on turning in a clean pack.  

Volume: Supply is increasing.  

Pack Counts: Organic spring crop: 28-32, depending on ranch; Conventional fall crop: 16-20; Organic fall crop 18-20, 22-24, depending on ranch.  

Watsonville/
Salinas

Quality: Quality is good and improving due to lower temperatures.  

Volume: Production is slowly decreasing.  

Pack Counts: Conventional: 20-24; Organic: 28-32, depending on ranch. 

BLUEBERRIES

blueberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is great.  

Volume: Volume is increasing slightly. 

Oregon

Quality: Quality of conventional fruit is good.  

Volume: Volume is decreasing.  

British Columbia

Quality: Quality of conventional fruit is good.  

Volume: Volumes are steady.  

RASPBERRIES

raspberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality of conventional and organic fruit is good. 

Volume: Conventional volumes are steady. Organic volumes are low but forecasted to increase in the coming weeks.   

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Volumes are strong. 

BLACKBERRIES

blackberry

Mexico

Quality: Quality is good with nice sheen and flavor. Some occurrences of redcell.  

Volume: Volumes are steady. 

Watsonville

Quality: Quality is good. 

Volume: Volume is strong. 

 

SEPC Southern Exposure

Mar 7th – 9th
Tampa, FL
Booth #933

CPMA

Apr 23rd – 25th
Vancouver, BC

Organic Produce Summit (OPS)

July 10th – 11th
Monterey, CA

IFPA Foodservice Conference

July 25th – 26th
Monterey, CA

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:

“I wanted to thank you for the care and quality you put into your blackberries. They are the only brand I will buy because of the consistency of care you put into every package. The blackberries are by far the best I have ever eaten and I thank you for your efforts in quality control.”

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