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Cranberry Shipments, Led by Wisconsin, Similar to a Year Ago

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It’s that time of year when light volume in cranberry shipments is getting underway leading up Thanksgiving in late November.

The USDA predicts there will be 1 percent more loadings this season compared to a year ago.

U.S. total cranberry production is forecast at 9.04 million (100-pound) barrels, up 1% from 8.93 million barrels in 2018, according to the forecast.

In Wisconsin, a cold, wet spring put the crop one to two weeks behind normal, but warmer temperatures in July helped the crop catch up. Wisconsin is the leading state for cranberry shipments, with 2019 output forecast at 5.6 million barrels, up about 1% from a year ago.

In Massachusetts, some growers reported excessive moisture, but production was pegged slightly above 2018. Massachusetts is the second ranked leading shipper of cranberries, with 2019 output of 2.3 million barrels,  compared with 2.29 million barrels a year ago.

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Cranberry Shipping Report as USDA Takes Action to Prop Up Prices

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DSCN0857Fresh cranberry packing and shipping started the week of September 17th from Central Wisconsin for the Cranberry Network LLC, which markets fruit grown by Habelman Bros. Co. of Tomah, WI.  Wisconsin cranberry shipments are expected improve this season, although it will not be a bumper crop.  The 2017 season was off from normal shipments.

Cranberry shipments for the fresh market got underway the week of September 24th in very light volume from bogs in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Quebec, Washington, and British Columbia by Ocean Spray and Oppy.  Organics produced in Quebec will begin shipping next week.

Only about 5 percent of cranberries are harvested and shipped for the fresh market, with the remaining 95 percent of cranberry volume going to the processors.  The majority of cranberries are harvested during October.

Today is the Canadian Thanksgiving and U.S. shipments have received a bump to provide for that demand.  Thanksgiving in the U.S. is November 22nd and cranberry shipments will increase in the weeks leading up to that holiday.

Wisconsin continues to be the leading producer and shipper of cranberries.

While fresh cranberries are grown in Canada, Chile, Mexico, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington, Wisconsin shipped by far the most fresh cranberries of any state or country, according to the USDA.

Wisconsin accounted for 13.83 million pounds of conventional fruit in 2017, down from 14.2 million pounds in 2016.

Wisconsin shipped about 70,000 pounds of organic fruit in 2017.

  • The second largest producer and shipper of fresh cranberries in 2017 was Massachusetts, which the USDA reported shipped 4.21 million pounds, up from 3.84 million pounds in 2016.
  • Washington fresh cranberry shipments in 2017 were 2.2 million pounds, up from 1.87 million pounds in 2016.
  • 2017 U.S. imports of Canadian cranberries, according to the USDA, were 2.67 million pounds.
  • The USDA reported that Michigan fresh shipments of cranberries in 2017 totaled 340,000 pounds, down from 420,000 pounds in 2016.
  • New Jersey fresh shipments in 2017 were 90,000 pounds, down from 170,000 pounds in 2016.
  • Mexico and Chile shipped light volume of fresh cranberries to the U.S. in 2017.

Cranberry Overproduction

Over a year ago a group representing growers known as the Cranberry Marketing Committee sought approval from the USDA to issue a rule limiting what growers can sell in 2018-19 in an effort to prop up prices.  It was recently approved by the USDA.

The rule permits growers to sell only 75 percent of their historical sales volume, with the balance of the crop donated to food banks or other charities, used as a soil amendment, used to expand under-developed foreign markets, or otherwise disposed.

“With volume regulation, returns are expected to be higher than without volume regulation,” the USDA said recently. “This increase is beneficial to all growers and handlers regardless of size, and enhances total revenues in comparison to no volume regulation.”

The USDA said establishing an allotment percentage allows the industry to help stabilize supplies. The regulation could remove a potential 2 million barrels from supply, reduce industry inventory, and increase industry returns.

The marketing order volume control regulation, issued Sept. 12, applies to cranberry growers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the state of New York.

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Massive Amounts of Cranberries Could be Dumped This Season

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A12Huge amounts of cranberries could be dumped this season or diverted to other places such as a charity institutions as production has soared in recent years.  Light loadings of fresh cranberries are underway.

At the same time cranberry growers are pushing the USDA to bail them by having the feds slash the amount of fruit that can be sold for the 2018-19 shipping season by about 25 percent.

The USDA published a proposed rule last Apple upon the recommendation of the Cranberry Marketing Committee, which would limit the quantity of cranberries from the 2018-19 crop a handler may purchase from growers.  The bottom line is hope the recommendation will artificially prop up prices for growers.

Because of the USDA’s perceived inability to act upon the recommendation, frustration is running high in the cranberry trade.  Most of issues actually involve cranberries destined for markets other than fresh.  Fresh cranberry shipments, which represent only a small percentage of total production, should remain relatively stable this season.

The Cranberry Marketing Committee’s proposal divert fruit from the U.S. commercial market could be sold to foreign markets (except Canada), be given to charitable institutions, provide nonhuman food use or simply be used as compost in the field.

Soaring inventories of processed cranberries led to the recommendation.

In 2011, existing cranberry inventories were around 4.6 million barrels, but that increased to 9.9 million barrels at the end of the 2016-17 season.

By the end of the 2017-18 season, inventories are projected to be approximately 10.9 million barrels, the proposal said. Inventories as a percentage of total sales have also been increasing from approximately 50 percent in 2010 to approximately 103 percent in 2016, and could reach an anticipated 115 percent after the 2017-18 season. These inventories have had a depressing effect on grower prices, which for many growers have fallen below their cost of production.

Fresh cranberry shipments won’t be compromised.

The proposal, put forward by the Cranberry Marketing Committee in a February vote, would establish a marketable quantity of 7.275 million barrels and a grower allotment percentage of 75 percent based on their historical production. The proposal exempts organic cranberries.

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Fewer U.S. Cranberries This Season; NJ Peaches are Experiencing Increase

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IMG_2991+1Nationally, cranberry shipments will be down this season.  Meanwhile, favorable weather helps boost New Jersey to second place nationally in peach shipments.

Cranberry growers in Wisconsin are expected to have another big harvest this fall, although it will be less than last year when average yields reached an all-time high.

The USDA has released its latest forecast for the 2017 cranberry crop showing Badger State producers are projected to rake in 5.6 million barrels of the tart fruit, down nine percent from the 2016 crop.

The Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association says producers will begin harvesting their crop in late September and continue through much of October.  Approximately five percent of the state’s cranberries will be sold as fresh fruit, with the remainder being frozen and stored for dried cranberries, juices, sauces and more.

Nationally, about 9.05 million barrels are forecast to be harvested, down six percent from 2016.  In Massachusetts, growers will harvest less than half of Wisconsin’s total production at 2.2 million barrels. Washington producers expect 2017 to be a good year due to favorable weather conditions.

NJ Peach Shipments

by New Jersey Department of Agriculture

TRENTON)  –The USDA’s August Crop Production Forecast for 2017 sees New Jersey peach shipments rising to second in the U.S.  The forecast, which is based on phone calls, mail, internet, and personal interviews with farmers in New Jersey and around the country, predicts state peach farmers will produce 48 million pounds of peaches this year.

“Conditions in New Jersey have been perfect for growing peaches this season, allowing farmers to have an extremely high yield of the juicy, sweet tree fruit,” New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said. “We want people to know Jersey Fresh peaches are plentiful and available at supermarkets, farmers markets, and roadside stands. We appreciate the work the USDA does to keep produce buyers and consumers up to date on the current trends in the industry.”

New Jersey is on track to harvest approximately eight million more pounds of peaches in 2017 than it did last year, and is behind only California in peach production.  The Jersey peach season should continue through mid-September.

The USDA surveyed approximately 21,700 producers for the crop production report. The producers were asked questions about probable yield.  These growers will continue to be surveyed throughout the growing season to provide indications of average yields.

The August Crop Production report also forecasted a crop of 44 million pounds of apples for the Garden State, also up from last year. New Jersey cranberry producers expect to harvest 590,000 barrels, which would rank New Jersey third in the U.S. in cranberry production.

(Editor’s Note:  Both South Carolina and Georgia suffered severe crop losses this year due to a spring freeze, allowing New Jersey to come in second in peach volume.  Also, virtually all of New Jersey cranberry production is for the processed market, not fresh.)


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U.S. Cranberry Shipments Up; Spuds Loads were Down

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img_29981U.S. Cranberry loadings will increase a little this season, while the nation’s potato shipments final count for last season were down.

The nation’s 2016 cranberry shipments are forecast at 8.59 million barrels, up slightly from last season, according to the USDA.

Wisconsin production, the largest cranberry shipping state, is up from 4.9 million barrels in 2015 to 5.2 million barrels.  Meanwhile,in Massachusetts, the second leading state, fell from 2.4 million barrels in 2015 to 2 million barrels.

At 588,000 barrels, New Jersey production is off from 595,000 barrels in 2015, while Oregon production is tabbed at 530,000 barrels, down from 562,000 barrels the previous season.

Harvesting of fresh and processed berries in Massachusetts began the third week of September and should be completed by the third week of November.

Massachusetts cranberry growers have been harvesting fresh and processed fruit from respective dry and wet bogs.  In the water bogs, which account for about 85 percent of the fruit, which goes to processing, fruit is grown in dry bogs or fields.  Then the fields are flooded with water to bring fruit to the surface.

The fruit is harvested with spindle-type machinery and once the berries surface at the top of the water, the free-flowing berries are vacuumed into a machine that removes leaves, litter and chaff.  It is then loaded into trucks and delivered to a receiving station.

Concerning cranberries for the fresh harvest, gasoline-powered machines are used that drive over the vines and gently pull berries out of the vines and into burlap bags.  The fruit is brought to the shoreline and sorted before being transported to a receiving station for cleaning and packaging.

U.S. Potato Shipments

About 441 million cwt. of potatoes were produced in the U.S. in the 2015-16 marketing season.

That’s up slightly from an estimate in January but slightly lower than production in the previous season, according to a report from the USDA’s Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Major producers included:

  • Idaho, 130.4 million cwt.;
  • Washington, 100.3 million cwt.;
  • Wisconsin, 27.8 million cwt.;
  • North Dakota, 27.6 million cwt.;
  • Colorado, 22.6 million cwt.;
  • Oregon, 21.8 million cwt.;
  • Michigan, 17.6 million cwt.;
  • Maine, 16.2 million cwt.; and
  • Minnesota, 16.2 million cwt.

About 122 million cwt. of the 2015-16 total were for the fresh market.

The number of acres harvested in 2015, 1.05 million acres, was up slightly from 2014, but yields fell from 421 cwt. to 418 cwt. per acre.

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Cranberry Shipments; Port Manatee Signs Agreement

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ManateeU.S. cranberry shipments are expected to be up slightly in 2016 with loadings beginning in early September.  Meanwhile, expect imported bananas and pineapples from Port Manatee to be available for decades.

About 8.59 million barrels are expected to ship this year, up from 8.56 million barrels in 2015 and 8.4 million barrels in 2014, according to an annual cranberry report from the USDA.

Industry leader Wisconsin should ship about 5.2 million barrels, up from 4.9 million barrels last year.  With the exception of some isolated hail damage, the growing weather in Wisconsin has been excellent this year.

Production in the No. 2 state, Massachusetts, should fall, from 2.4 million barrels in 2015 to 2.1 million barrels this year — due in part to drought in the state.

Production in New Jersey (which is mostly processed), Oregon and Washington also should be down from last year.

Del Monte, Port Manatee Agreement

Port Manatee of Palmetto, FL and Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. has signed an agreement to keep its importing operations at the Port for up to 20 more years, which goes through August 2021.

The lease includes options for three additional extensions of five years each, according to a news release.  If Del Monte uses all options, the grower-shipper and importer could be importing fruit at the central Florida port until at least 2036.

Del Monte,has imported fruit at the port since 1989 and handles weekly refrigerated vessels containing containers and pallets of Central American bananas and pineapples.

For exports, Del Monte ships linerboard used in packaging and also handles other third-party containers and project cargos.

“We are very pleased to continue our relationship with Port Manatee,” Brian Giuliani, Del Monte’s Port Manatee-based port manager, said in the release. “The cooperation with Port Manatee is exceptional and has been vital to the growth of our business at Port Manatee.”

Del Monte has moved 8.7 million short tons of cargo through the port since 1989.

“Extension of Port Manatee’s long-term partnership with Del Monte demonstrates the mutual commitment on the part of our port and a most-valued tenant,” Betsy Benac, the port authority’s chairwoman, said in the release.

Del Monte’s Southeast distribution center at the port has become the company’s second-largest U.S. facility.



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Thanksgiving Shipping Update: Normal Volume Depends Upon the Items

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001Normal Thanksgiving produce shipments are occurring for such favorites as sweet potatoes and cranberries, but green bean volume will be light.

North Carolina sweet potatoes shipments for the new crop got underway in mid August this year, a couple of week earlier than usual.  Fortunately, there was great weather for about six weeks that allowed harvesting to go pretty much uninterrupted.

It could have been a real disaster for North Carolina sweet potato shippers if Hurricane Joaquin hadn’t taken a right turn into the Atlantic.  Otherwise North Carolina may have been pounded with rains and flooding like South Carolina.

Eastern North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing $3000 to Boston and Chicago.

Cranberry Shipments

Wisconsin continues to the be leading state for fresh cranberry shipments, with Tomah, Wis.-based Habelman Bros. Co., of Tomah, WI being the largest grower/shipper.  The Wisconsin cranberry harvest has been in full swing as it gears up for Thanksgiving shipments.

Green Bean Shipments

Green bean shipments for Thanksgiving out of the Southeast are expected to be very light due to heavy September rains.  Some bean shippers will be down as much as 60 percent compared to last year.  Excessive rains washed a lot of plantings out.  Green bean shipments are not expected to rebound until after Thanksgiving.

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A California Shipping Update on Grapes, plus the new Cranberry Season

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DSCN4912Extreme heat in the second half of August had slowed California grape shipments, but volume is now picking back up.  Meanwhile, you know fall is rapidly approaching when pomegranate and cranberry loadings get underway.

Grape volume have been hit and miss all season.  At one point growers were waiting on green varieties to add sugar.  In the second half of August, red varieties were taking their time to add color.  It has made for an unpredictable years as far as steady shipments are concerned.   Steady, more predictable shipments should come in the months ahead.

California grapes, stone fruit, melons and veggies from the San Joaquin Valley – grossing about $4800 to Houston, $6400 to Philly.

California Pomegranates

Very light volume from the Bakersfield areas has been underway for a couple of weeks, but will be strong from mid-October leading up to Thanksgiving (November 26th)  with a resurgence in fresh pomegranate shipments prior to Christmas.

Cranberry Shipments

Fresh Cranberry shipments will get underway from Wisconsin and Massachusetts in late September, followed by Washington state.

About 33 million pounds of cranberries are expected to be shipped fresh in the U.S. this season, up slightly up from a year ago.  Growers have seen market prices plunge because of new acreage that was planted in 2009.  The U.S. produced 7.01 million 100-pound  barrels of cranberries in 2009.  In 2013, production was 8.96 million barrels.

The cranberry estimate for  2015-16 volumes is set at 8.6 million barrels.

Two leading fresh cranberry shippers are Habelman Bros in Toma, WI and Decas Cranberry Products of Carver, Mass.

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SC Peach Shipments will Continue into Sept.; Wisconsin Cranberry Loadings Start Soon

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HpblueTk1+1South Carolina produce peaches and vegetable loadings continue.   We also take a look a upcoming Wisconsin cranberry shipments.

South Carolina Produce Shipments

There is good volume peach shipments  from South Carolina that finally got going in July and will continue with nice volume through August, although a seasonal decline will begin soon.  Loadings, however will continue into September.

South Carolina, despite being a small state (41st in size among the 50 states), ranks high in produce shipments.  It is the nation’s second-largest shipper of peaches, behind California, and ahead of Georgia.  South Carolina places in the top 10 for truck loadings of leafy greens, cantaloupe, peanuts, watermelons, tomatoes, mixed vegetables and sweet potatoes.

South Carolina peaches and vegetables – grossing about $3400 to New York City.

Wisconsin Cranberry Shipments

Cranberrries have experienced a 57 percent increase in shipments nationwide from 2002 to 2013.  As a result, poor prices are resulting from too much fruit for the amount of demand.  Many U.S. growers are struggling to create new markets to absorb a growing oversupply of the tiny tart berries grown in marshes.   Wisconsin is at the center of the glut.  Between 2012 and 2013, Wisconsin had a 25 percent boost in production, a record-breaking harvest of 6 million barrels of cranberries.  The state produced 67 percent of all cranberries harvested in the United States in 2013, marking the 19th consecutive year as the country’s leader in cranberry shipper.

Central Wisconsin cranberry shipments will be starting in mid September in light volume.  Heaviest volume occurs as we enter November leading up to Thanksgiving (Nov. 27th).


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Produce Shipments for Thanksgiving are Ramping Up

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IMG_3013From sweet potatoes to green beans, cranberries and more, here’s an outlook for fresh produce hauls relating to items popular for the Thanksgiving holiday, which is November 28th.

The leading states for sweet potato shipments are North Carolina, California, Mississippi and Louisiana.  There will be 20 percent fewer loadings of North Carolina sweet potatoes this season, although it may not be noticeable during the next few weeks, since Thanksgiving is the most popular holiday for the product.  There also is less sweet potato volume from Mississippi and Louisiana.

North Carolina sweet potatoes – grossing about $2250 to New York City.

Mississippi sweet potatoes – about $1800 to Chicago.

Cranberry Shipments

The harvest of cranberries in Wisconsin is late this season and is still going on.  However, good supplies for hauling are available from Central Wisconsin, as well as the other leading state, Massachusetts.

Green Beans

This is a seasonal low point for Florida produce shipments, but some vegetables, including green beans are being hauled.   Beans are now originating out of the Belle Glade and Homestead areas.


 Spanish, Morroccan and Chilean clementines will be arriving at U.S. ports by boat in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  Most of the arrivals will be on the East Coast.

Peruvian Onions

Sweet onions from Peru have become a popular items during the past decade and volume has increased significantly.  In fact, many of the leading domestic sweet onion shippers, are acting as the importers and have growing operations in that South American country.  Arrivals are occurring in good volume at U.S. ports on the East Coasat and should continue into Feburary.


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