Blossom in WI

24 Jun


Re: meetings with lawyers on the lawsuit

24 Jun

I went to the meeting that the lawyers representing the plaintiffs vs OSpray held to update independent growers on this lawsuit. Pretty interesting stuff. I’m not going to get into the details, but suffice it to say, you had to be there. But I will post the firm’s website regarding the suit, so you can follow it here

the Supremes vs raisins

22 Jun

Some of you might be following the raisin case in the Supreme Court. The court handed down their ruling

Wondering who voted which way for TPA?

13 Jun

You can check out your congressman’s vote here
And here
Looks like they will do a revote on Tuesday. If you care about exports, and we do (come on, exports are the way out of oversupply!!) let your congressman know that we support this bill.  Especially if they already voted yes…they need to know we are with them in this!

TPA. Fast track Trade bill

12 Jun

a big thanks to Congressman Sean Duffy WI-7for his yes vote…all cranberry growers need a level playing field to sell our cranberries world wide!!

Wisconsin Independent grower meeting

8 Jun

I received this email today…am passing in on:

This office is Wisconsin counsel in the case against Ocean Spray venued in Massachusetts (Case # CV-12016-RWZ).

I understand you operate a blog for cranberry growers.

We are having a meeting on June 22, 2015 at 7 pm at the Mead Hotel in Wisconsin Rapids. The purpose of the meeting is to update Wisconsin Independent cranberry growers and Wisconsin Ocean Spray B pool cranberry growers concerning the status of the lawsuit. All such growers are invited to attend.

I would appreciate it if you would post a Notice of this meeting on you blog. If you have any questions please contact me.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Jim Olson
Lawton & Cates, S.C.
Madison, WI 53703

U.S. Cranberries See Sales Grow Domestically & Internationally

26 May


This is encouraging news overall, but the inventory of concentrate has to be addressed.

Originally posted on CMC Industry News:


The Cranberry Marketing Committee has posted the 2014 Q2 Position Summary report and the Five Year Comparison by Crop Year and Year-to-Date reports to our website at  These reports, as well as several comparison reports, can be found under The Cranberry Story/Data and Reports or by going to the industry tab on the right side of the screen and then to Data and Reports.  A few general observations from 2014 CY2nd Cycle Report Five Year Comparison by Cycle are as follows:

  • Increase in sales – both domestic and international year-to-date comparing 2013 vs 2014 (up 9.4% domestic and up 7.5% international for an overall increase in sales of 8.8%)
  • Government purchase significantly increased in CY2014 (up 255 %)
  • Shrink is up (12.6%)
  • Increase in ending inventory is up (up 5.6 %) due to concentrate (up 12%).  However, the increase in ending inventory from 2012 to 2013 during this same time period was 22.7% so it is important to note…

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