(Nov. 10) A new partnership is set to grow strawberry volume by 30% at Global Berry Farms LLC, Naples, Fla., and also marks its first venture into organic strawberries.

Watsonville, Calif.-based Pacific Gold Farms Inc. is supplying its conventional and organic strawberries for the company starting with the 2006 season, according to a news release.

Organic strawberries round out Global Berry Farms’ organic berry program that also includes raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, said John Shelford, president, in a news release.

Pacific Gold started growing organic strawberries in 1999 and grows berries on more than 700 acres of ranches in Orange County, Watsonville and Salinas.

The additional strawberry volume will be marketed under the Naturipe brand. Global Berry Farms paired with Salinas, Calif.-based Naturipe Berry Growers in a marketing agreement three years ago, and it sells products for four growers, including Pacific Gold.