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Category: Berry Bulletin
Oregon growers now allowed to ship frozen berries to ChinaFreshPlazaThanks to a collaborative effort between a Curry County cranberry harvester and government officials at the county, state and national levels, farmers of cranberries, blueberries and s…
What’s for dinner: Breakfast crepes with berries
In a large bowl, combine raspberries and blackberries; set aside. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Stir in the yogurt, lime juice, lime peel, vanilla and salt. Spread 2 tablespoons sour cream mixture over each …
These Halloween witch finger shortbread cookies are filled with a tart-sweet raspberry jam. Not only does it give them a bleeding effect when you bite in, but the cookies come out a lot more moist and flavorful to boot.
Although transporting strawberries via sea can cause ‘shock’ for some end-users, one shipper says it’s a good system.
At the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, held Oct. 17-19 in Anaheim, CA, the California Avocado Commission announced the retailer winners from its 2014 5-Star Performance Program.
CAC also hosted supermarket registered dietitians as part of the Produce for Better Health Foundation program, held a brunch for retailers and highlighted the significance of the California avocado label.
Participants in CAC’s 5-Star Performance program earned points toward prizes by conducting or participating in various marketing activities that supported California avocados.Retailers and members of the California Avocado Commissioin gathered at the CAC booth during the PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, CA.
The contest grand prize was awarded to Save Mart and accepted by Jim Corby, senior director of customer solutions-produce. Other top winners were Sprouts Farmers Market, Stater Bros., Northwest Grocers, Albertsons Southern California and Nugget Markets. In total, 23 retailers earned prizes in the contest.
“I’d like to congratulate all of the winners and participants of the California Avocado Commission’s 5-Star Performance Program and thank them for contributing to a successful 2014 season,” Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing for the commission, said in a press release. “Many of the prize-winning retailers visited CAC’s PMA Fresh Summit booth and had a good time selecting their rewards on the spot.”
Another highlight of the California Avocado Commission Fresh Summit program was its platinum sponsorship of the PBH SRD tour on Saturday, Oct. 18.
More than 20 SRDs visited CAC’s booth to learn about California avocados, the California avocado label and avocado nutrition. Registered Dietitian Katie Ferraro showed the SRDs how they could conduct demos of an easy, nutritious snack recipe, California Avocado Cucumber Cups.
After their expo visits, the SRDs traveled with CAC and PBH staff to Rancho Mission Viejo for an avocado grove tour and dinner featuring the sponsors’ fresh produce.
On Oct. 19, CAC hosted a brunch for retailers in its Fresh Summit booth. Showcasing how California avocados are perfect for breakfast and snacking, the commission served California Avocado Blueberry Muffins and guest Chef/RD Michelle Dudash’s California Avocado Breakfast Casserole with Spinach and Sweet Potatoes. Avocado ale served with the brunch dishes was a well-received addition.
On days of the expo, Dudash shared nutrition tips and samples of California avocado dishes she developed. CAC’s exhibit focused on the story behind the new California avocado label and the care and craftsmanship that goes into cultivating California avocados.
“The turnout for this year’s PMA Fresh Summit was outstanding and we really enjoy having the opportunity to showcase our product and programs in California,” DeLyser added in the press release. “We’re very pleased with the opportunities CAC had to meet with retailer executives, supermarket dietitians, the media, growers and peers in the produce industry.”
Cranberry farmers struggle with high supply, low prices
Washington boasts 4 percent of the U.S. cranberry acreage, but produces less than 2 percent of the berries. Yields are higher in the other cranberry producing states — Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Oregon, where cranberries grow on the …
Cranberries: Quantity smaller, quality greater this year WHBL Sheboygan
Cranberries: Quantity smaller, quality greater this year
With the cold nights that we’ve had, they brought a lot of color onto the berries and we’re seeing a real good-quality crop that’s coming in.” Most northern growers have already wrapped up their harvests that started in September, while those in the …
Berries get a Halloween costume
I’m a sucker for Halloween treats with candy eyes. Last year I made a ghost cake covered with comical goblins adorned with goggle-y eyes. Laughing for days over the whimsy of that ghost gateau, I was delighted to see the white chocolate-dipped, …
The Argentine Blueberry Committee has rebuffed recent predications made about the future of its processed sector.
With Russia off the cards, a Polish blueberry group has successfully rebranded itself for a market closer to home.