United Cranberry update

7 Jun

All kinds of things are happening…just not at United Cranberry!  With the 2015 crop, all of our members transferred their contracts to Cranberry Growers Cooperative, or CranGrow for short.  CranGrow has a little bit different structure than UCGC and was organized under a different WI statute for business reasons.  You can find out about that co op at www.crangrow.com

United Cranberry members have reason to be proud!  Our efforts began in 2010 with a goal of organizing independent growers.  We led with the BeBerryAware promotion and used our resources to fingerprint a cranberry. UCGC started handling fruit in 2012-2014 and developed a significant customer base for our dried cranberries that we sold under Wisconsin’s Best Cranberries.  With both UCGC and WBC being wound down, the future is CranGRow!  All of the success of CranGRow will have started with a hand full of growers back in 2010 thinking that something had to change!  Thank you all.

CranGRow has a new processing plant under construction in Warrens, WI. We will keep the blog going under United Cranberry unless we find something better!  Stay tuned for pictures and info on CranGRow!

From the lawyers…

6 Jun

“There was a meeting of independent cranberry growers in Wisconsin Rapids on June 2nd, 2016. Attorneys from Lawton & Cates provided an update on the lawsuit against Ocean Spray and reviewed options going forward. Various growers expressed an interest in joining the case and proceeding as individual plaintiffs. If you missed the meeting and are interested in an update on the case and hearing about your options going forward, you should contact Jim Olson, Scott Hassett or Dan Lenz at Lawton & Cates, (608) 282-6200.”

Lawsuit meeting

26 May

The lawyers for the plaintiffs have asked me to post the following:

To:​All Independent Cranberry Growers

We will be holding a meeting at the Mead Hotel in Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday, June 2, 2016 beginning at 7 pm to discuss the impact of the recent court decision denying Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification and to outline options going forward. All independent cranberry growers are invited to attend. If you have or have had a contract with Ocean Spray since 2009, please contact this office before attending. 

Lawton & Cates, S.C.


New story on Spray

19 Apr
Can Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis Save the Cranberry Business?



News on the POM suit vs Coca Cola

22 Mar

You might remember the US Supreme Court case between POM and Coca Cola allowed the case to proceed in the lower courts and basically allowed POM to sue Coca Cola (Minute Maid) for false advertising under the Lanham Act.  This is the case, and the court threw it out. Read on…


EU Chlorothalonil

15 Feb

Just in case you don’t follow US Cranberry blog, this is good news!!

Source: EU Chlorothalonil

Another lawsuit update

22 Jan

The hearing for the certification of the class was postponed a month due to some illness.  So look for those results at the end of February.


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