Nov 23, 2011
Cranberry prices up for growers in 2011

South Coast cranberry growers are hopeful they will receive more for their crop this year in an economy where, for the past few years, growers have barely made enough to cover their costs to produce the crop.

Growers are expecting or have already received a range of 15 to 35 cents per pound. Last year, the average was around 15 cents per pound.

Growers are winding down the harvest and are usually done by Thanksgiving, according to Larry Frakes, receiving stations manager with Ocean Spray, a co-op that is the nation’s largest cranberry producer. In a co-op, growers own the brand and earn a return per barrel on the proceeds.

Some growers who sell fresh fruit will harvest through December while there is still a market for the product. The Brandon Western World

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