China Strawberries Cutting Into California Market

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(Davis, CA)
Tuesday, July 5, 2005

The report says China has replaced the U-S as the main supplier of strawberries to Japan, a coveted market. California is the leading producer of strawberries in the U-S. Strawberries are becoming the most popular commodity for China's farmers because the profits are higher than that any other fruit or vegetable they produce.

The author of the report, economist Colin Carter of U-C Davis, says California's strawberry industry is going to have a difficult time maintaining it's profit margins as China expands it's list of international customers.

"The entry of China into the world strawberry market will affect profitability in California. It will vary by region and season."

The U-S is considered to be the largest producer of strawberries in the world, but the study indicates China's production may now be greater. Carter says yields in China will likely increase as farmers use more pesticides.