No significant impact on supply is expected.
“It’s the normal pre-spring disruptions that they’re used to getting,” Cindy Jewell, director of marketing for Watsonville-based California Giant Berry Farms, said March 3. “They knew it was coming and picked ahead. Now they’ll strip the fruit off the plants and then probably have to wait a few days for it to dry out. They’ll be harvesting again by the end of the week.”
“We’re throwing away maybe 30%, but we’ll be back to normal probably by Thursday,” said Charlie Staka, director of sales for Watsonville-based CBS Farms. “It was a little more intense than we’re used to all at once, but we expect rain at this time of year.”
“We’re probably looking at about a week’s pushback and light picking,” said Jim Grabowski, merchandising manager at Watsonville-based Well-Pict Berries.