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…

http://www.law360.com/consumerprotection/articles/773610?nl_pk=f862cd1b-123e-4fbd-aaf3-3681e4a46202&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=consumerprotection

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.

Lawsuit update

15 Jan

I’ve only been partially paying attention on the lawsuit, but now some big dates are on the horizon. Apparently the two sides met in mediation and that did not result in any, umm, mediation. So we go forward to the Class Certification hearing on January 21, 2016. I guess at this meeting with the judge, both sides will present their reasons to certify the class or reject certification of the class. That will be big either way and I don’t know if the judge rules immediately or some days after. Either way, I think the trial will be scheduled after that class certification hearing. Stay tuned folks. Time to get some popcorn.

Hey! We finally made some ice in Wisconsin. Will probably make a little more this weekend.
For those of you in Wisconsin, see you at cranberry school next week!

Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy 2016

22 Dec

It’s that time of year..time to look back and reflect and to look forward as well.  The good news, in my mind, is that the crop certainly wasn’t huge worldwide…it was more of a good, steady crop.  With the increase of usage, the inventory growth has slowed, if even reversed a tick…we will see with the 12/31 numbers out at the end of January.  The majority of the “oversupply” continues to be in concentrate, not whole frozen or finished goods.

Our mission continues to be selling our products over every inch of this planet…and I must say in my travels I have seen cranberries in many many places.  We do a good job, and that will continue and must improve.

Independent growers are hurting due to low prices here in WI.  The projected payments for the 2015 crop are not going to be high enough (still the base of $10 for one handler remains….but others with incentives could get to $15?16? ) for growers to return to profitability.  A few spot sales at harvest kicked the price up temporarily, and for those growers that capitalized on that phenomenon, congrats.  It was by no means widespread.  But it is an indication on what happens when the crop is short.

Have you heard the news about United Cranberry Co operative?  We will close down the co op in a few months when the all the revenues from the 2014 sales are collected and distributed.  All of the United growers have joined a newly formed co op, Cranberry Growers Co operative called “CranGrow”, with some members from the old Wisconsin Cranberry Coop.

CranGrow has exciting plans for the future, and you should check them out at crangrow.com.  I think that every Wisconsin grower should have at least a few acres in CranGrow.  The co op will return all of its profits to its grower/owners….unlike many of the handlers in WI.  Sure it takes a while to get up and going, but the early birds will be glad they took the risk on a new co op.

As far as my blog, I will keep going under blogunitedcranberry.com.

Finally, I’ve heard that last week was deposition week in Wisconsin for the lawsuit.  Many growers and handlers were deposed last week at The Mead in Wisconsin Rapids.  I’m not sure what all went down, but it seems like this is moving rapidly.  No predictions here.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone, and see you in the New Year!

 

 

 

 

Ever wonder why sugar is so expensive in the US?  

2 Dec

Well, maybe you didn’t wonder, but here is the answer anyway…

http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/02/why-only-one-u-s-candy-cane-maker-is-left/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=759b49d177-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-759b49d177-83768749

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