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Cranberry Cove dried cranberries

10 Feb

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I have to say, I don’t know what to think of Cranberry Cove. It says on the label “made with Ocean Spray cranberries” with the OS logo. What it doesn’t say, is Ocean Spray trademarked and owns the Cranberry Cove name. This is an Ocean Spray product. I found them in my local Wal-Mart. $1.00 for 3.5oz. That equals $4.57/lb. Clearly someone is making $$ on cranberries.

When turning over the bag (which, by the way, I like: the graphics are excellent) I looked at the ingredients. Cranberries, Sugar, Citric acid, sunflower oil and ELDERBERRY JUICE(for color). Emphasis mine. Since when do we have to add acid and color back into cranberries? Seems like they take so much out they have to add stuff back in? This is the first time in my memory that we’ve added color to cranberries. Cranberry Cove seems to ME to be the Choice product that OS said they would never put on the retail market. Remember the whole scamberry thing?

wow.

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Dried cherry berries….or…lemons to lemonade!

2 Jun

So many of you probably  have heard that the tart cherry crop in Michigan is expected to be an almost total loss this year due to that crazy weather we had back in March-April.  Here is an article about that and what one company is doing to supply their customers with product…they intend to mixed dried cranberries in with dried cherries and calling them….cherry berries.  Now that’s some creativity!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304791704577420802349893464.html

 

 

Sweetened Dried Cranberries in China

14 Mar

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Here is bag of SDCs I found in a big grocery store in Kunming, China.  Kunming is the largest city in Yunnan province in southwestern China, a mere 6,000,000 people and where my daughter is studying!  The SDCs were very good, and if you can read the back, sourced in Canada.  I didn’t note the price, but they were expensive.  Also, note that the bag has a zip top, but inside are the smaller packages of cranberries…single serve if you will.  So, there you have it! Cranberries in China.  Yay!