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.
WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Members of California Giant Berry Farm’s bike racing and cyclocross teams aren’t merely people who speed along roadways or trails on bikes.
It’sFresh! Inc., is seeing increasing increased retailer acceptance of an ethylene-reducing product that helps extend the freshness of produce and reduces food waste.
Grower-shippers expect raspberry and blackberry volumes and quality to return to seasonal norms after shaky starts in Mexico.
The Oppenheimer Group began shipping California strawberries from Coachella and Oxnard the week of Jan. 13, and organic strawberries are expected to start in February.
HBF International LLC owners Doug Perkins and Mark Hurst have taken on new roles at the company, with Perkins as chief executive officer and Hurst as international research and development director.More Packer Stories for Blackberries
Market Scope - Blackberries — F.o.b.s as of April 14
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND TEXAS DISTRICT — Crossings (33-*35-17) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading early fairly active, late fairly slow. Prices lower. Flats of 12 6-ounce cups with lids $10-12. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wide range in quality.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (3-1*-0) — Imports via air from Guatemala. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading slow. Prices lower. Cartons of 12 6-ounce cups with lids mostly $12-12.50. Quality good. *revised.
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