This sweet red fruit gained moved up the popularity chart this year. Strawberries passed grapes as the No. 3 fruit in Fresh Trends 2013. The red berries, which were No. 4 last year, beat out grapes by only three-tenths of a percentage point.
Gladstone Land Corp. has acquired 332 production acres for $24.6 million in Ventura County, Calif.. The property is leased to Sunrise Growers and farmed for berries and tomatoes by Eclipse Berry Farms LLC.
A writer and photographer from National Geographic trailed a truckload of strawberries from the Central Coast of California to a grocery store in Washington, D.C.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Plant City, Fla.-based Wish Farms plans to double its blueberry volume this coming season — not by planting more acres, but by bringing more growers on board.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The children and buyers have spoken through their votes at the Produce Marketing Association’s Sensory Experience Contest.
Several fresh produce items are among more than 130 products under recall by SunBurst Foods, Goldsboro, N.C., because of possible listeria contamination.More Packer Stories for Strawberries
Market Scope - Strawberries — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 27
OXNARD, CALIF., DISTRICT — Shipments (45-65-72) — Movement expected to increase. Trading slow. Prices lower. Flats of 8 1-pound containers with lids medium-large $12-14. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wide range in quality.
SALINAS-WATSONVILLE, CALIF., DISTRICT — Shipments (100-95-70) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading organic active, others slow. Prices organic unchanged, others lower. Flats of 8 1-pound containers with lids medium $10-12. Organic: Flats of 8 1-pound containers with lids medium mostly $24-26. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wide range in quality.
SANTA MARIA, CALIF., DISTRICT — Shipments (82-80-65) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading organic moderate, others slow. Prices organic unchanged, others lower. Flats of 8 1-pound containers medium-large mostly $12; small-medium $7-8. Organic: flats of 8 1-pound containers with lids small-medium mostly $24-26. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wide range in quality.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (3-6-15) — Movement expected to increase. Shipments are being reported from the district, however supplies remain in too few hands to establish market. The first f.o.b. was expected to begin around Nov. 3.