Agriculture

Agriculture

Sun-Maid raisin growers celebrate sweet season at annual meeting

Sun-Maid Growers of California, the world’s largest marketer of raisins, held its 104th annual meeting Saturday, highlighting the cooperative’s net sales of $382 million. Although the association’s net sales for the fiscal year, Aug. 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016, were a slight drop from the $384 million posted during the previous season, Sun-Maid president Barry Kriebel remained optimistic about the industry’s future.

Agriculture

Driscoll’s aims to hook the berry-buying shopper

On 40 acres at a farm near the Central Coast of California, new varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are being tested, each of them proprietary. No other company in the world grows berries exactly like these. Now the business behind it all – Driscoll’s, the family-owned berry juggernaut – hopes a new marketing campaign will make berry lovers care about that distinction.

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San Joaquin Valley raisin harvest underway

Watch workers at Del Rey Packing Company sort and process raisins while Gerald Chooljian, president of Del Rey Packing Company, talks about the 2016 California raisin harvest.
John Walker The Fresno Bee
San Joaquin Valley raisin harvest underway 1:00

San Joaquin Valley raisin harvest underway

Central Valley assemblymen give opposing views on farmworker overtime bill 7:41

Central Valley assemblymen give opposing views on farmworker overtime bill

Hmong farmers struggle in drought 2:14

Hmong farmers struggle in drought

Farm adviser helping improve wine grapes in San Joaquin Valley 1:11

Farm adviser helping improve wine grapes in San Joaquin Valley