One casualty of Trump's trade wars: New Jersey's cranberries

Tariffs are raising prices for global consumers.

Kim Glovas
August 06, 2018 - 6:54 pm
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SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — The trade wars sparked by President Donald Trump are having an impact on some South Jersey cranberry farmers. 

A 25 percent tariff went into effect in late June on cranberry juice concentrate and dried cranberries imported by the European Union from the U.S. Other nations followed suit, which is affecting cranberry farmers who are part of the Ocean Spray cooperative. 

Cranberries are only grown in three countries: the U.S., Canada and Chile. About 15 percent of the cooperative's product is exported. 

Spokeswoman Kelly Anne Dignan said Ocean Spray has about 700 farmers in the nation. 

"And about 25 of those are located in southern Jersey. Part of the spiritual home of Ocean Spray, one of our founding farms was actually in New Jersey as well," she said. "Ultimately, these tariffs do nothing but raise prices for global consumers. There's no domestic production to protect, so this is going to eventually raise prices for the consumer or make it more expensive for food manufacturers overseas."

She said the tariffs just went into effect, but the long-term repercussions are already visible. 

"We are concerned that over time, this will shrink those international markets where there are tariffs, and that will ultimately hurt our farmers, bottom line," Dignan added.

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CLARIFICATION: The tariff referenced in this story is on cranberry products imported by the European Union from the U.S.