Berry Fresh Details Sweet Karoline® Blackberries and Growth in Mexico; Darren Sinn Comments

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Thu. April 4th, 2024 - by Chandler James

JALISCO, MEXICO - The month of March provided ideal growing conditions for Agroberries (AB) Mexico—Berry Fresh’s growing business unit in Mexico—with warm days and cool nights that allowed for a much bigger season this year, particularly for Sweet Karoline® blackberries.

Darren Sinn, Production Manager, Berry Fresh
Darren Sinn, Production Manager, Berry Fresh

“Adjusting a plant’s natural growing cycle takes patience and constant attention,” says Berry Fresh’s Production Manager, Darren Sinn. “We are planting Sweet K in multiple states around Mexico, finding the correct environments to provide consistent supply.”

In addition to increased acreage of Sweet Karoline, Berry Fresh’s growers are working with the variety to extend the season. According to a press release, the goal is that the variety will grow to serve more customers for a longer season in future years.

Warm days and cool nights in Mexico allowed for a much bigger season this year for Berry Fresh, particularly for its Sweet Karoline® blackberries

Beyond Sweet Karoline, Berry Fresh is harnessing the region's ideal climate for berry production by increasing its owned acreage of blueberries and raspberries. Year-over-year, growing operations in Mexico increased by 200 percent, and all new planting was done with proprietary varieties. This will ensure that Berry Fresh’s Mexican offering has better quality, surety of supply, and flavor.

As with any substantial growth, there will inevitably be challenges, yet the team in Mexico is enthusiastic about tackling them head-on and adapting swiftly to the rapidly expanding business unit. Through a strong team, premium genetics, and leading cultivation practices, Berry Fresh’s Mexican operation is primed to be a first-class growing operation.

As this supplier continues to expand, be sure to follow along with ANUK.