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.
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.
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Market Scope - Blackberries — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 18
SALINAS-WATSONVILLE, CALIF., DISTRICT — Shipments (11-8-6) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading organic active, others fairly active at lower prices. Prices organic unchanged, others lower. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids blackberries mostly $16. Organic: Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids blackberries mostly $26-28. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wide range in quality.
SANTA MARIA DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (4-5-5) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices generally unchanged. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids blackberries mostly $15-16. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wide range in quality.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (2-1-0) — Imports via air from Guatemala. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons of 12 6-ounce cups with lids blackberries mostly $10-11. Quality good.
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