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Summer berries business updates

07/20/2012 01:00:00 PM
Tom Burfield

She has worked in a variety of food safety and quality assurance positions and most recently has been an independent food safety consultant.

Berry groups schedule conference for January

The North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association, Pittsboro., N.C., is planning a joint conference with the North American Strawberry Growers Association in Portland, Ore., Jan. 27-30, said Debby Wechsler, executive secretary of the raspberry and blackberry group.

The conference will feature education sessions and a farm tour and run back-to-back with the Northwest Agricultural Show Jan. 29-31 and the North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association Feb. 1-7.

Wish Farms boosts California acreage

Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla., has added some strawberry acreage in Santa Maria to its previous Salinas deal in California, said Gary Wishnatzki, president and chief executive officer.

The program began in early April. The company should have California fruit until November.

The Santa Maria deal offers Wish Farms a diversity of growing areas and will dovetail with the company’s Florida program, Wishnatzki said.

This is the second year the company has had a California program.

The deal is small compared with the company’s overall strawberry deal, up to 90% of which is in Florida.

The company’s blueberry program also continues to grow.

Wish Farms now offers blueberries and strawberries year-round, Wishnatzki said.

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