Down a quiet, two-lane road in Marion County, Oregon, bushes lining the road bend under the weight of ripe blueberries. They’re ready to be hand-picked and packed into plastic containers and pallets at a processing facility just a 10-minute drive away.
It looks like a humble operation, but there’s high stakes involved for the farmers and fruit processors of Marion County. After growing their family-owned businesses over decades, they’re shipping their delicate, temperature-sensitive fruit all over the world. One glitch or careless misstep in the shipping process can damage hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of product.