Nice job Teskes!
I’d say that harvest is mostly finished and handlers are counting up their berries. Looks like the crop was larger than expected, mostly due to Quebec bringing in huge numbers. Good for them, but probably bad for prices. The OS auction was held on Weds, and concentrate prices dropped a bit. I have heard that one big WI handler dropped his bacse price to $26.50, due to dropping SDC prices. Also not good. The good news is that we brought in a quality crop, and there is always a place for quality fruit!
On the legal front, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Ocean Spray in Massachusettes court. I didn’t know anything about it, so I am just reading and absorbing as you will. Looks like 7 independent growers from all the main growing areas and one B pool grower have instigated this. Don’t know who they are, or how they are doing it. I did google search the attorneys and they look intesting. Seems like the suit is from Oregon originally, but I’m not a lawyer and don’t really know how to read these things. I just tried to load the lawsuit file and it is protected somehow. You can find it online here http://dockets.justia.com/docket/massachusetts/madce/1:2012cv12016/147455/
United Cranberry is just rocking along. We took in some fruit, have it cleaned and in bins and are looking for buyers! thanks to our growers for a great first season!
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U. S. Cranberry Marketing Order Review
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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is HUGE in China. There are two types of hospitals/doctors over there, TCM and Western (our type with antibiotics, etc, etc) So, these TCM doctors prescribe herbs for all kinds of illnesses and many many Chinese use these before they go to Western doctors. The supplement shown here was found in a regular pharmacy, the local Walgreens if you will. If we could ever find out how to get into the TCM hospitals, look out!
I received several Google Alerts about this and actually thought it was an old article recirculated since David Farrimond was quoted, but this article calls him former head of the CMC, so I guess it is current. I actually was called by staffers at my Congressman and Senator’s offices to see if United Cranberry supported this request and I told them yes, we do. Both of them are against this kind of spending, but I said as long as the government has it in the budget to do these things, why not cranberries when we have an oversupply?
This article doesn’t say if the purchase has actually happened…the request was made back in September 2011.
Besides all this, sweetened dried cranberries TASTE better. Just saying.
This is the link to Complete’s webpage and announcement of the efforts to commericalize a test for PAC in cranberry. Check it out!
http://www.oceansprayitg.com/Blog/ So here is Ocean Spray ingredients blog, which is a pretty good info place for all things Ocean Spray and their cranberry measurement post details their efforts to commericalize the cranberry content test that Complete Phytochemical Solutions developed with United Cranberry support. So, industry people working together, all good!
Ocean Spray has also announced the date of the next concentrate auction, April 25, 2012.
So this article is a few weeks old (thanks Mary Brown!) but still right on the money. Wal-mart is taking the lead in healthy foods. As cranberry growers, we know that we grow a healthy fruit. Yes, it is a bit on the tart side, and yes it needs sweetening for all but the most stalwart. Pick your sweetener, as they are all available. We need to stop apologizing for the added sugar! Sweeteners makes cranberry palatable and cranberries are GOOD FOR YOU. They are available in every combination. Our goal at United Cranberry is to identify those products with high cranberry content…and we are working towards our seal of approval. With the help of companies like Wal-mart, consumers are going to have all the information they need to make the right choice.