In recent years, the Californian agricultural community has been dealing with challenges at a level no one saw coming. On top of three years of drought and new water restrictions, the pandemic also impacted growers' ability to export their products overseas, leading to huge financial losses.
Panoche Creek Packing in Kerman is stuck with millions of pounds of almonds that should have been exported months ago to countries including Afghanistan, Germany and Croatia. The owner says they've never experienced anything like this in their 40 years in the industry.
But the company is certainly not alone. You'll find sights similar to this one at warehouses across the Central Valley. The delays have some overseas customers turning to other countries to get similar products quicker.