Grower Break Even Calculator

Grower Break Even Calculator:  click here

Use this calculator to find out your break even price for your aronia operation.  Every operation has unique start-up and maintenance costs so every operation will have a different break even.  You should know your break even so you can set your price above that to make a profit.

Steps to use the calculator:  (The calculator has built in assumptions that might not fit all operations, but this will still allow you to find your ballpark break even / lb.)

First, click on link above and save a copy of this spreadsheet to your computer.

1. Enter variables (like number of plants, price /lb., and Lbs. / plant, etc.) into yellow cells on page-1

2. Enter Planting Year expenses

3. Enter Growth and Production (Variable) expenses

4. Enter Ownership (fixed) expenses (pink cells page-2)

5. Find your summary and break even information on page-1.

Artemis International posts requirement for 50,000 lbs. of aronia berries from the 2012 harvest

Here are some details to help you understand this offer from Artemis.

A. The International market for Aronia will dictate much of the price we will get for the berries.

B. Today a business can import berries to their U.S. location for $ 0.50- $0.60 / lb.

C. For this fall (2012), Artemis would like to partner with MAA to fulfill a requirement for 50,000 lbs. of berries.

D. They are paying $ 0.50 / lb. at “drop-off point”.  In addition, they will clean, de-stem, sort, box, store, distribute, and market the berries to establish the U.S. Aronia Market.

The approximate value of these services is over $ 0.70 / lb.  It breaks down as follows:

  • Cleaning and processing $ 0.20 / lb.
  • Bagging and boxing $ 0.10 / lb.
  • Freezer storage $ 0.02 / lb. / month
  • Distribution $ 0.02 – $ 0.20 / lb. (depending on distance, method, and qty)
  • Marketing $ 0.20 / lb (on average)

E. Drop-off points are Nor-Am locations of LeMars, IA; Schuyler, NE; and St. Joe, MO.

If you are needing boxes to accumulate berries in, contact Pete Nipp to pick them up.  (402-305-2280)

Berries can be right out of the field, no cleaning or de-stemming necessary.   Berries should be protected from heat and shriveling up prior to drop-off.

Please let Colleen know if you plan to sell your berries this way, so we can get a count of how much product we will have for Artemis. cmnipp@calowberryfarms.com

Jan 2012 Newsletter

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