Boycott Sakuma Berries

SOLIDARITY STILL NEEDED: CONTINUE TO INCREASE THE PRESSURE ON SAKUMA AND DRISCOLL’S.

Thank you to all the Boycott Committees and supporters who went out to Costco and Whole Foods Markets during the International Week of Action to pressure these stores to respect the boycott of Driscoll’s berries that the farmworkers are calling for in both Washington State and San Quintin Mexico. Listen to the message from members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia.

On August 25th, at the beginning of International Week of Action, a delegation which included Ramon Torres, President of FUJ, and Felimon Pineda, Vice President of Familias Unidas por la Justicia met with Costco management at their headquarters in Issaquah, WA.  Costco said they would not remove Driscoll’s berries from their shelves.  Since they will not take action to support the farmworkers in their fight for an end systemic wage theft, poverty wages, and hostile working conditions it is time to INCREASE THE PRESSURE.

Check out the video below taken at the Whole Foods Market in Oakland, California during the week of action.

Video taken by Tony Velasquez
 
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BOYCOTT THESE PRODUCTS UNTIL THE FARMWORKERS OF FAMILIAS UNIDAS HAVE A UNION CONTRACT.  Calling for a boycott of these products that the workers help produce—and earn a living from—is not something that is done lightly.  Let your dollars do the talking: Spend them elsewhere when you buy berry products.

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Photo by James Leder

Photo by James Leder

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22 Responses to Boycott Sakuma Berries

  1. Kelly says:

    Why should we not purchase these berries from these companies. What is going on?

    • necalli says:

      Dear Kelly,

      There has been a labor dispute at Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc. that began in July of 2013. Since then, striking farm workers have formed a union called Familias Unidas por la Justicia. That worker organization represents the migrant labor force that has worked for the company for over a decade has led 8 strikes and launched an international boycott against Sakuma Berries until the farm owners do the right thing and negotiate a union contract with the workers. The farm has lost half a dozen lawsuits brought by the labor union over wage and hour violations, abuse, retaliation, and unlawful housing practices targeting the unionized farm workers. The workers continue their boycott against the company and it’s production contracts and request that any consumers that believe in justice for farm workers to observe the boycott. This page has a list of places where boycott volunteers have documented the selling of Sakuma Berries under different labels. Thanks for your support!

  2. Delaney Piper says:

    Also in Seattle, Central Co-op has been selling Driscoll.

  3. Thriftway on Vashon is selling Dirscoll’s Berries now having no more visible Sakuma boxes of berries since talking to the manager and owner. I will keep talking to them. Thanks for this great website. I will check IGA again as well which was selling Sakuma and Driscoll’s last we talked to the owner. Blessing upon your good work.

  4. La Stephanie says:

    Hi, Living in the Portland, Or area. Are Sakuma berries sold here?

    • necalli says:

      Yes, you will find Sakuma Berries processed and packaged into Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, you may also find Sakuma Berries packaged in Driscoll’s labeled berries.

  5. Laura Friedman says:

    Is this boycott of Driscoll products and Hagen Das still in effect? I read about this from a FB post. I but Driscoll berries all the time and had no idea about the boycott. I live in NYC.

    • necalli says:

      Yes, the farmworkers confirmed that they are picking into Driscoll’s berry labels. Sakuma is also still selling processed berries to Haagen-Dazs. Thanks for supporting the boycott! Please write us and tell us where you find Sakuma Berries so that we can put it up on the website.

      • In early July, I checked with Trudy Bialik in administration at Puget Sound Consumers Coop (PCC) and she sent me an email emphasizing that the PCC does not and will not sell Sakuma Bros. produce. However, I see that they are selling produce in Driscolls’ boxes so they may not know that the farmworkers are picking in Driscolls’ label (all the boxes have a “Watsonville, CA” address).

      • necalli says:

        Thank you for keeping us updated. Yes, Driscoll’s sources its fruit from regional suppliers, Sakuma Bros Farms happens to be one of them. At the moment, Sakuma Bros is picking into blackberry clamshells with the Driscoll’s label. See the label on the front page of the http://www.boycottsakumaberries.com website. Thank you for observing the boycott!

  6. In Seattle, the Puget Sound Consumer Coop stores are selling Driscoll’s berries. I spoke to the Produce guy at the N.E. 65th and 40th N.E. store and he had not heard about a boycott. He wanted info. I’ll give him a flyer.

  7. L N says:

    Whole Foods Roosevelt Store Seattle is expecting Sakuma Brothers berries today, May 29. They have not carried them in past years. Produce Manager did not know of labor controversy.

  8. L N says:

    last week, Central Market Shoreline Store Manager Joel Larway stated that a conference call reported Town + Country Markets will NOT be carrying Sakuma Brothers berries in the “foreseeable future”

  9. Anita says:

    Is there an establish group at the University of Washington to fight for this cause? If so, I would like more information

  10. Anywhere in Yakima, Wenatchee, or surrounding communities that carry these products? We have a group of students here at Central Washington University who would like to organize a protest/boycott outside of a grocery store who carries these products.

    • necalli says:

      Dear Ms. Martinez,

      Thank you for moving forward with the CWU boycott committee. We will be updating you by e-mail soon!

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  12. Moderator says:

    FYI, Only California has a food chain transparency law.

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