Cranberry Growers Cooperative donates CranFest proceeds to Tomah Veterans Association

Wisconsin State Farmer


From left to right – Jim Reed, CEO of CranGrow, representing The Tomah Veterans Association, Pete Peterson, Eric Diekmann, John Rusch, and Pete Henning.

— Cranberry Growers Cooperative (CranGrow) recently made their very first appearance at CranFest September 23-25 in Warrens.

With an exhibit space set up just down the road from the newly constructed state-of-the-art, cranberry processing facility, CranGrow employees relished the opportunity to interact with CranFest visitors from both near and far.  The message was simple, yet powerful.  CranGrow is a new grower cooperative that has created 50 local jobs and processes locally grown Wisconsin cranberries produced by the co-op’s 30+ grower owners.

Proud to be part of the community  

Jim Reed, Chief Executive Officer at CranGrow, said the decision to participate in CranFest was an easy one.  Reed added, “Our CranGrow team is very proud to be a part of the Warrens community and of the product we produce.  To have the opportunity to share our delicious dried cranberries with our neighbors and all the CranFest visitors is a wonderful opportunity.  To be able to help the local veterans makes the event that much more satisfying.

Selling dried cranberries for a good cause

One of the main products CranGrow produces and markets is sweetened dried cranberries (SDC’s).  Having shipped SDC’s to customers in over 25 countries, it was only natural to sell them at CranFest.  Visitors had the opportunity to buy a small 3 ounce bag of dried cranberries for $1.00.  All the proceeds from the sale of the SDC’s was earmarked for the Tomah Veterans Association (TVA).

On November 2, leaders from the Tomah Veterans Association gathered at the CranGrow headquarters to receive a check in the amount of $1,520.56.

Eric Diekmann, Tomah Veterans Association President thanked CranGrow for their generous donation and said “Having a local company like CranGrow be passionate about helping local veterans says a lot about the company.  We were fortunate to get a tour of the impressive CranGrow processing facility and learn how the fruit is processed.  The donation will be used by the VFW, DAV, and the American Legion for their various programs.”

About Cranberry Growers Cooperative

Cranberry Growers Cooperative (CranGrow) is an agricultural cooperative owned by 30 cranberry growers in Wisconsin, U.S.A.  Formed in 2015, CranGrow members have been growing cranberries for many generations, some for over 100 years.  CranGrow is the second largest cranberry cooperative in the world with customers in over 25 countries.Our new state-of-the-art $20 million dollar processing facility located in Warrens, Wisconsin, is an integral part of our grower owned, professionally managed supply chain that takes cranberries from the field, cleans, bins, stores and processes our cranberries with 100% traceability.  Having direct control over every aspect of production allows us to efficiently produce high quality products including half-sliced and whole sweetened dried cranberries, cranberry juice concentrate (50 and 65 brix), single strength juice (not from concentrate), whole frozen cranberries, and cranberry seed pomace.

For more information visit or contact us directly at: Cranberry Growers Cooperative, Tim Feit, Director of Sales, Phone: 715-203-6940, Email: