A History Of Excellence
For over a century, Driscoll’s has been one of the go-to names in premium berries. Consistently delivering fresh, flavorful berries is no easy task, however, and Driscoll’s uses natural breeding methods at the source in order to grow strong, healthy fruit. Despite being the largest supplier of full berry patch strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, Driscoll’s doesn’t sacrifice quality.
A Stacked Team
Good quality produce always starts with the best seeds. Driscoll’s studies thousands of potential varieties from test plots around the world in order to determine the best. Only 1% of these samples are then brought for large-scale production, to ensure premium quality. On top of this, they use a proprietary breeding program that exclusively uses natural cross-pollination techniques. After these initial growing procedures are put into place, it can take five to seven years to bring a new variety from seed to marketplace!
A Steady Hand
When the berries finally reach a maturation appropriate for harvest, things begin to move quickly. Berries are only handled once as they are picked by hand and transferred into containers located within the field. After this, berries are quickly moved to distribution centers to be inspected. Everything from the condition, appearance, and sugar levels are tested. Driscoll’s understands that berries can be perishable, so the entire process from harvest to shipping happens within a manner of hours.
A Second Opinion
During this entire journey, berries are often put through a safety program to ensure consumer’s health. Driscoll’s uses consistent standards worldwide. Every farm and distribution center is regularly inspected to follow strict food safety and hygiene standards. To take it to the next level, they bring in independent third parties to test their fruit, soil, and water.
Though some may imagine a strawberry passing onto their plate in an easy manner, there is an undoubtedly thorough level of care from seed onward. But every time you bite into the perfect berry or sip from a soothing smoothie, you know all the effort was worth it.