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GROWING BERRIES


What makes Driscoll's berries “Only The Finest Berries?”

To find out more about how our fresh berries are delivered to you, click here.

Does Driscoll’s grow its own berries?

Driscoll’s partners with independent farmers to grow Driscoll’s unique varieties of berries. Many of Driscoll’s independent farmers have been growing for us for several decades and generations.

Where does Driscoll’s grow their berries?

The majority of Driscoll’s berries are grown in the United States, with California being the largest growing region. To find out more about the exact locations where our berries are grown, click here

How can I find out where the berries I purchased were grown?

To learn more about where your berries are grown, keep your berry package on hand and Follow Us to the Farm to read about the farm your berries were grown on.

Does Driscoll’s offer organically grown berries?

Driscoll’s is a leading supplier of organic strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Driscoll’s organic berries are grown by independent farmers whose growing and handling operations are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited certifying agency.

How are Driscoll’s berries harvested?

All our berries are hand-picked and field-packed, with the exception of blueberries which are sometimes picked using harvesting machines and/or packed in packing facilities.

ABOUT BERRIES & BERRY CARE

Where can I buy Driscoll’s berries?

Driscoll’s berries can be purchased at most large chain supermarkets and club stores throughout the United States and Canada. We encourage you to contact the store first to confirm that the berries you want are available and in stock. Many factors including weather can affect berry availability. For a list of stores, visit Where to Buy.

What types of berries does Driscoll’s offer?

Driscoll’s offers year-round organic and conventionally grown berries, including strawberries, long stem strawberries, red and golden raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

What should I look for when selecting berries at the grocery store?

Each berry has different characteristics you should look for when selecting only the freshest and most delicious berries. For detailed information about how to choose the best berries, visit Care & Handling section of the website.

Do berries continue to ripen after they’ve been harvested?

No, berries don’t continue to ripen after they’ve been harvested.

What is the best way to store berries after I purchase them?

All fresh berries are highly perishable and we recommend that you refrigerate them in their clamshell package at all times until eaten or used as an ingredient. Refrigeration will extend their freshness and shelf life.

Do I need to wash my berries before I use them?

As with all fresh produce, we recommend that you wash your berries before enjoying them. However, you should never wash your berries until just before you are ready to eat or use them as the moisture will decrease their shelf life.

Can I freeze my fresh berries?

Yes, fresh berries can be easily frozen and enjoyed until you are ready to use them. Here are some helpful tips about freezing berries.

  • Strawberries: Wash your strawberries carefully in cold water and pat dry. Remove the stems and any soft spots. Pack the berries into freezable containers or freeze them on a cookie sheet and then pack them into containers as soon as they are frozen. Seal the container and keep frozen until you are ready to use them.
  • Raspberries & Blackberries: Raspberries and blackberries are very fragile and very sensitive to freeze damage. To freeze raspberries and blackberries rinse them gently in cool water then allow them to dry in a colander or on paper towels. Place a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet then place the berries in the freezer. After the berries are frozen, pack them into sealed containers until you’re ready to use them. By freezing the berries this way, they won’t stick to each other and allows you to easily measure out just what you need when you’re ready to use them.
  • Blueberries: If you plan to freeze your blueberries, don’t wash them before freezing, which can make their skins tough. Instead, pack your blueberries into freezable containers or freeze them on a cookie sheet and then pack them into containers as soon as they are frozen. Seal the container and keep frozen until you’re ready to use them. Be sure to wash the thawed blueberries prior to use.

Why do you not have a ‘best used by’ date on your berry packages?

Driscoll’s has a strict Quality Assurance Program in place from the field through harvest and distribution. We work hand-in-hand with our distribution and retail partners to make certain the berries you purchase are of the highest quality. Many factors can affect the shelf life of our berries. The location of the farm, weather, growing practices and the type of plant can all affect the freshness of the berry. Due to these varying factors, a ‘best used by’ date isn’t applied. We recommend consuming the berries soon after purchase. For more information on how to care for and handle our berries, please visit Care & Handling.

HEALTH & NUTRITION

What are the nutritional benefits and calories of berries?

Driscoll’s berries are some of the most delicious, nutritious, disease-fighting fruits you can eat. With their high antioxidant levels, berries are also considered superfoods because their health benefits may help the body fight off disease and slow the effects of aging. Berries are also high in vitamins and low in calories, so they’re a perfect fruit to include in your daily diet. For more information about the health benefits of Driscoll’s berries, visit the Berry Nutrition section of our website.

What makes berries so healthy?

Each variety of berry has its own unique nutritional values and functional benefits. Supercharge your diet and maximize berry health benefits by enjoying the entire berry patch. To learn more about the nutrition profile of our berries, visit our Berry Comparison Chart.

FOOD SAFETY & PACKAGING

Does Driscoll’s have a Global Food Safety Program?

Driscoll’s has a stringent International Food Safety program in place. Our program ensures that our berries are produced with the highest standards of safety regardless of where they are grown. Driscoll’s has imposed upon itself and the independent farmers who grow Driscoll’s berries, a comprehensive program of third-party audits, product testing, and grower education. To validate the program, audits are performed around the world for food safety, environmental welfare, and the fair and ethical treatment of workers.  Independent third party audits are performed around the world to validate food safety systems on all ranches.  

Does Driscoll’s add color or artificially enhance its berries?

No, Driscoll’s berries are naturally sweet, flavorful and beautiful looking. Driscoll’s mission is to continually delight our berry consumers by providing “Only the Finest Berries.” Our patented berry varieties come from years of breeding to naturally produce the best tasting berry for our consumers.

Are Driscoll’s berries genetically modified (GMO)?

No, Driscoll’s berries are not genetically modified. Driscoll’s Research and Development department is the industry leader in the development of premium berry plants that utilize only proven natural and traditional breeding process to create our superior berries.

Does Driscoll’s use pesticides?

Driscoll’s primary concern is for the wholesomeness of our product and the safety of berry consumers.  For this reason, any pesticide used must be in compliance with federal and state laws, and must comply with the registration policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).  They must also be within the legal tolerances enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US FDA).  To reduce the use of pesticides, Driscoll’s independent farmers use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) method, which uses a combination of natural and synthetic means to reduce disease and control pests. 

Are any of Driscoll’s berries irradiated?

Irradiation is a process that preserves food by using a low dose of high energy gamma rays to kill any germs and insects, thus slowing the maturation process and extending shelf life. Driscoll’s does not use irradiation because we believe our harvest and cooling processes are highly effective in maintaining fruit quality and shelf life.

How do I know if berries grown outside the U.S. are safe to eat?

Driscoll’s has a stringent Global Food Safety program in place. Our Global Food Safety program ensures that our berries are produced with the highest standards of safety regardless of where they’re produced. The farmers who produce Driscoll’s berries must strictly adhere to our Food Safety program. To ensure compliance, Driscoll’s conducts over 2,500 audits annually at fields, packing houses and coolers.

Are Driscoll’s packages recyclable?

Our clamshell packages are stamped with the international recycling code, which is three chasing arrows within a triangle with a number inside to designate the level of recyclability of the package. Currently our packaging is marked with the recycling code #1 which is the most acceptable recyclable packaging. Containers are PET, Polyethylene Terephthalate.

CONSUMER RELATIONS

Can Driscoll’s ship directly to the consumer?

Driscoll’s doesn’t sell or ship berries direct to consumers. You can find our premium berries in grocery and club stores around the country. Please visit Where to Buy to find a list of retailers that carry Driscoll’s berries throughout the year.

Does Driscoll’s sell their berry plants?

Because Driscoll’s unique variety of plants are patented, our plants and seeds are not for sale and can’t be grown by anyone other than our independent farming partners.

What should I do if my Driscoll’s coupon expired before I redeemed it?

If you discover your Driscoll’s coupon has expired, we’ll be happy to send you a replacement. To do so, please forward your outdated coupon to the address below. Please allow up to 10-14 business days to receive your new coupon.

Driscoll’s
345 Westridge Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076
Attn: Consumer Relations Department/Expired Coupon Replacement

CAREERS AT DRISCOLL’S

Does Driscoll’s currently have any job openings?

Driscoll’s is presently accepting applications for our job openings. To view a listing of our current opportunities, visit the Careers section of our website and click on Job Opportunities. If you find a job opportunity that you’re interested in, we recommend submitting your application and résumé online.

How can I submit my résumé for a job posting?

Go to the Careers page and click on Job Opportunities. Select the opening that’s of interest to you and you feel is a match with your skill-set or experience. Then follow the instructions for submitting your résumé and application online. If you prefer, you can submit your résumé for general consideration and not apply for a listed specific position. To do this, you’ll need to click on the “Submit Your Résumé” link. If you’d like to add a cover letter or additional information, use the “Note to Recruiter” field to include this information.

In what formats can I submit my résumé?

To submit your résumé, please copy the text into the Résumé field provided on the online application. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to receive résumés in any other format such as Word or PDF formats.

How do I add a cover letter?

If you would like to add a cover letter or additional information, use the “Note to Recruiter” field on the online application to include this information.

How do I know my résumé has been received?

When applying online, once you’ve clicked the “Submit” button at the end of the form, you should see a “thank you for your interest in Driscoll’s” page. If you don’t receive this message, we haven’t received your application and/or résumé.

Can I update my résumé if I have already submitted it with my application?

Yes. If you previously submitted a résumé online and wish to make changes to it, go to the Careers page and click on Job Opportunities. Then click on the “Update Your Résumé” link and follow the easy instructions to make changes to your résumé.

If I’ve submitted my résumé, do I still need to fill out an application?

If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll be asked to complete an application at that time.

Does Driscoll’s perform background checks to get hired?

Yes. Driscoll’s may conduct a background check as a condition of new employment.

How long before I hear back on my interviews?

Your recruiter will be in contact with you throughout the interview process and will help with explaining the interview process and timing.

How do I contact Human Resources if I have a question about a career opportunity or a résumé I have submitted?

Please check our FAQ section as it answers many of our most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the career-related answer you’re looking for, email us at careers@driscolls.com.