The Tasmanian berry season was busy for growers, according to Phil Pyke of Fruit Growers Tasmania. “The berry season this year was in line with the apple and cherry seasons, so it’s been a very large season for berry growers,” he says. “Expansion continues in Tasmania, from the large corporations, right down to individual growers.” Strawberries were the largest volume berry crop out of Tasmania, as expected, as they fit in with the national supply chain of larger corporate growers and ensure a year-round supply of fresh strawberries. Raspberry production is also increasing, and behind them are blueberries. Phil says the wetter weather during the summer, which was an issue for cherry growers, was more of a blessing than anything else for growers. A strong market for frozen Tasmanian blueberries and raspberries has also meant that supply and demand were not an issue as they have been in other parts of the country.