The judge ruled on some motions last week, you can read for yourself here:
My take on it is that the judge is allowing three parts of the original case to go forward. And she wants this three year old case to start moving. There are a few additional dates scheduled, and then I think the case will move into discovery, meaning depositions and if the case isn’t settled, into court.
At this point I would imagine (though I haven’t spoken to anyone involved) the plaintiffs are excited that the judge is allowing the case to move forward. I also figure that while OSpray would have preferred to have the judge dismiss the case, they are anxious to set the record straight as to what I am sure they think are faulty “facts” that the plaintiffs have put forward. (again, I haven’t spoken to anyone involved)
This is why we have a court system people, to try to establish the facts and get an independent verdict. Of course, there is the chance that the case will settle and we won’t learn anything. Ah, the joy:)
The Cranberry Marketing order is up for a vote…to renew or not to renew that IS the question!
Sure, I have my problems with the CMC. I go to most meetings and get frustrated, and vow never to go again. Mainly this is due to the fact that I believe we should use the part of the order that allows us to limit supply in an over supply situation. That handler withhold or producer allotment has only happened 4? times in the history of the order, so it is rare that the members come together on that item.
What members DO agree on, mostly, are the data collection parts of the order and the leveraging the power of all of us growers to invest in our own crop and futures by accessing the matching funds to bring the cranberry to all parts of the world. I believe the marketing efforts of the CMC both domestic and international have been outstanding. We have been targeting specific markets in the past few years and I think the results are just beginning to show. It would be premature to stop those efforts now, as I believe that the only way to get out of this over supply situation is the sell our cranberries, everywhere. Period.
So, the time is now growers. The ballots are in the mail to your farm. Vote no, or vote yes…but please vote!
For starters, Trigs is generically calling a sweetened dried cranberry a Craisin. If I were OSpray I would have a problem with that.
The product is apparently (elderberry) OSprays choice product which they claimed they would never sell retail. See above.
Finally. $5.99/lb?? Wowzer. I’m calling Trig.
Don’t you love it when I go shopping??
I’m thinking the concentrate auction results were good news! The starting auction prices were 11.90, 12.16, $12.77 and the final prices after 7 rounds of bidding were $14.65, $12.91 and $15.02. All up above the last auction. Am I missing something here? Clearly those prices are not good enough for the grower, but up is up and that is better than down.
But on another note, in looking at this slide that Scott Soares showed at the Cranberry Institute meeting in March it seems like our 2014 carryin didn’t have an huge supply of whole frozen fruit or processed goods, but a large supply of concentrate. If I’m reading this right at 8/31/14 we had a carry in of 2.6mm barrels of whole frozen fruit. That is the frozen fruit that would carry us unitl the 2014 crop is sufficiently frozen and ready in January-february 2015. Given that we have capacity to dry about 8mm barrels of cranberries into SDCs, (my estimate) the 2mm barrels of carry in seems about right or even light. That would suggest an interesting tightening of the SDC market. That along with a good not great crop in 2014, and a government purchase that will absorb 400,000 bbls…the CMC numbers that are about to be reported as of today 4/30 will tell an interesting story.