All Dried Up
California's Raisin Industry
by Tony Correia
Aug 2001 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
Pity the poor raisin grower, buffeted by the unkind winds of a global market, shackled by archaic Federal and State marketing orders, held hostage by a critical need for expensive, elusive, manual labor for a time-sensitive harvest, and now, even absent their dancing raisin buddies. The California Raisin grower finds him/herself in dire straits these days, as the price of raisins, to the grower, has fallen below the cost of production for all but the most efficient growers. After a long, tedious...
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