Wish Farms Expands Its Argentina Blueberry Program
WISH FARMS EXPANDS ITS ARGENTINA BLUEBERRY PROGRAM
August 19, 2015 (PLANT CITY, Fla.) –Wish Farms, grower shipper and year round supplier of strawberries and blueberries, announces that its upcoming Argentina blueberry program is projected to double in volume over last season.
The Argentina blueberry season will span from the beginning of October to the end of November and will segue perfectly into what will be another strong Chilean season for Wish Farms. Although there will be a light trickle of fruit beginning in early September, the first significant volume out of Argentina will be around the first week of October.
“Our blueberry team continues to focus on steady, controlled growth. This season, our new partnership with a significant grower, helps solidify our Argentina program and stabilize volume for our customers,” said Teddy Koukoulis, Director of Blueberry Operations of Wish Farms.
Wish Farms estimates it will be marketing close to 1.5 million pounds of Argentinean blueberries, much of which is grown under hoops providing protection from inclement weather.
“The majority of our Argentina crop will be grown under tunnels, providing cover and protection from weather elements such as rain, frost, and hail,” said JC Clinard, Executive Vice President of Wish Farms. “Rain can cause a serious interruption to the Argentina blueberry harvest. The hoops protect us in these circumstances and ensure our customers have a consistent supply of quality berries.”
Leading up to the season, weather in Argentina has been very favorable with adequate chill hours and no harsh weather events. As a result, fruit quality and volume is expected to be excellent.
About Wish Farms:
Wish Farms, founded in 1922 and third-generation owned, is one of the largest shippers of strawberries in Florida and has been for over 80 years. Nationally recognized for quality and innovation, Wish Farms is a year round supplier of strawberries, blueberries and seasonal in select vegetables. Wish Farms utilizes How’s My Picking?™, a patented tool for traceability to ensure quality by tying consumer feedback to the harvest time, field location, picker, etc.