“It's a little bit too early to tell what all the effects are, but over the year so far, the harvest is progressing because we're at the very beginning of things like the elderberry and the black currants. So far, we’re okay, as long as it stays not too dry or too wet. We should be able to go through the completion of most of the different crops by mid-October and get a better feel of it, but right now it's okay. It's not gonna be anything record-breaking or shattering as far as the yields go, but the amount of berries and the trees and so on were affected by the heat. Other products like cranberries that are grown here in the US also will be determined when the harvest starts later on this fall. So we're hoping to have a good year, but there's so many things in question and so many things that can happen to change on yields and products that we are able to actually harvest,” explained Kreienbrink.
He added that last year was a very record year for several of the berries, so luckily there are some residual raw materials leftover that will be reused concentrated powders and extracts.
“So that's the good news, but we need to stay tuned to see what the weather will bring. It just seems to be very unpredictable at best right now and we’re hoping for semi-normal–whatever that means– weather, not too much rain, winds, storms and we don't need to throw in an earthquake or some other things like that. So far we'll be seeing what the harvest looks like at the end of the fall.”
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