Cranberry production in top-producing US states: Modest increase in 2021

The US harvest season for cranberries runs from around mid-September until the end of October. Total US production of cranberries in 2021 is forecast to come out at 7.9 million barrels, an increase of less than 1 percent y-o-y.

In three of the four top cranberry-producing states -Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Oregon- output is expected to increase slightly from last year. Wisconsin, the largest producer of cranberries in the US, grew roughly 59 percent of the crop in 2020.

Production in this state is expected to increase 1 percent from 2020 to 4.7 million barrels in 2021. In Massachusetts and Oregon, production volumes are forecast at 2.1 and 0.6 million barrels, respectively, representing slight net increases.

However, 2021 output is forecast to decrease in New Jersey. This decline will be more than offset by gains in other states. Production of cranberries has gradually increased since 1990 as consumption has expanded from seasonal to year-round. This increase is driven in part by the rise in cranberries used in processing.


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