Cranberry harvest kicks off in Massachusetts

The cranberry industry estimates predict a large, healthy crop. Marketers are finding new ways to sell local produce in the Bay State and an array of cranberry products around the world.

Meanwhile, politics overlay it all as rising tariffs in China and Europe, retaliation for tariffs on foreign products imposed by President Trump, threaten to affect the profitability of growing the bitter little berries.

Massachusetts cranberry growers and workers are on track to harvest an estimated 2,093,000 barrels of cranberries this year, according to a report by the Wareham-based Cranberry Marketing Committee. That harvest will be down slightly from last year, when growers across the state harvested 2.2 million barrels of cranberries.

“We think this is going to be a very good year here,” said Michelle Hogan, the executive director of the Cranberry Marketing Committee.

Keith Benoit,  senior vice president of business development and innovation for Carver-based Decas Cranberry Products, said that the berries harvested this season will be processed and sold throughout 2020.


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