These dark berries are among the top 20 most popular fruits in Fresh Trends 2013. The likelihood of a blackberry purchase fell four percentage points from last year.
California Giant Berry Farms has added a Kids Corner section to its website and is offering a “Back-To-School Survival Guide” with tips on how to include berries in lunches and breakfasts.
The Mixon brothers are planning to leave Dole.
Berry supplies are in full swing for the summer, according to grower-shippers.
Watsonville, Calif.-based California Giant Berry Farms Inc., is running a summer promotion with Blendtec Blenders.
Cat McKenzie, marketing director for the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission said marketing cane berries has similarities but also some key differences with marketing other berries.More Packer Stories for Blackberries
Market Scope - Blackberries — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 22
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (7*-5*-5) — Imports via air from Guatemala. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading active. Prices higher. Cartons of 12 6-ounce cups with lids blackberries mostly $16. Quality good. *revised.
SALINAS-WATSONVILLE, CALIF., DISTRICT — Shipments (4-3-3) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading active. Prices unchanged. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids blackberries mostly $20. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wide range in quality.
SANTA MARIA DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (4-2-2) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading active. Prices unchanged. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids blackberries mostly $18. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wide range in quality.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND TEXAS DISTRICT: Crossings (0-1-2) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Crossings are being reported from the district, however, supplies remain in too few hands to establish market. Expect first f.o.b. on or around Oct. 6. FIRST REPORT.