USA: Berry producers project increased volumes in new campaign

Fresh Strawberry
Published Feb 26, 2024

Tridge summary

The upcoming berry season in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina is expected to yield increased volumes of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, despite recent cold temperatures and heavy rain. However, the industry is grappling with inflation-induced cost increases in growing, harvesting, and packaging processes. Additionally, higher labor costs are squeezing profit margins and making it difficult to secure sufficient workers.
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The US berry season will begin soon in areas such as Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Producers project increases in the volumes of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries with good quality during the end of winter and the beginning of spring. According to The Packer, Matthew Giddings, COO of Plant City-based Always Fresh Farms, is eager to get started on Florida blueberries soon, likely in late February. He expects the firm's total berry volume to increase compared to last year. “We're seeing some really big sizes in the new strawberry and blueberry varieties that not only look big, but also taste great,” he said. According to Brian Bocock, vice president of product management for Naturipe Farms, based in Salinas, California, the company produces blueberries in Georgia, North Carolina and Florida, and blackberries in Georgia and North Carolina. Blueberries are available from February to June in Florida, April to July in Georgia, and May to July in North Carolina. The ...
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