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Shipping Updates: Red Potatoes and Pomegranates

Red potato shipments from the Red River Valley have taken a hit for the upcoming season.  Meanwhile, California pomegranate shipments are picking up. Roughly one-third, or 7,000 to 7,800 acres of the Red River Valley potatoes for the fresh market have been lost to excessive rain, and hail damage in northeast North Dakota.  Seed and chipping potatoes in the area have suffered damage also and are not included in that talley. Bruce Huffaker of North American Potato Market News estimates as many as ...

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Organic Produce Sales Top $1B in 1st Quarter

Organic produce sales topped $1 billion in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest United Fresh Produce Association FreshFacts report. Tracking sales data from January through March, the report found that organic fresh produce sales in the first quarter totaled $1.1 billion, up 15% from year-ago levels. Sales gains were boosted by an increase in the number of retailers offering organic produce, according to the release. The growth in organic produce sales and other data from the report were featured ...

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Railex is Dropping Perishables Service to Florida

Even refrigerated carriers have their challenges hauling fresh produce, but it is an awesome mountain for rail entities, which is why there have been so many failures over the years. Now we hear Railex LLC is ending service to the Southeast. although it claims it will be back one day. The rail logistics transporter, based in Riverhead, NY,  ceased operations in Jacksonville, Fla. August 13th with its refrigerated perishables.. Rumors of the closing had been circulating since July.  The company apparently felt it was ...

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NY Apples; 26% Fewer FL Orange Shipments are Seen

NY Apples; 26% Fewer FL Orange Shipments are Seen

Apple shippers in upstate New York will be more comfortable with a forecast once they get through August.  Meanwhile, an early forecast doesn't predict any good times for Florida citrus shipments. New York apple shippers are reluctant to put on estimate on their crop this season.  After all, farmers get spooked easily, don't want to jinx the crop, and are all too aware of what Mother Nature may have planned.  Once we get into September they'll start loosening up a bit. Still ...

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McDonald's Marks Milestone with Sliced Apples

McDonald’s is talking up a milestone in providing children increased access to fruit through sliced apples served in Happy Meals. Since 2004, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based foodservice operator reports serving more than two billion packages of sliced apples in Happy Meals, according to a news release. In 2012, McDonald’s began serving the sliced apples as the default side item instead of  french fries. McDonald’s needed suppliers to develop the capacity to offer the product at restaurants nationwide. The success at McDonald’s led to ...

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Calif: Mandarin Loads Soar; Grapes May Set Record

While many California vegetable shipments have been rather lack luster this year, shipments have soared for mandarins, and table grapes may break a record. California mandarins produced in the San Joaquin Valley during  2015 have been valued at $197.6 million, a 171 percent  increase from the $72.8 million the previous year, according to the The Fresno County Farm Bureau. Mostly marketed as clementines with branded labels,  from 2014 to 2015, the region’s production of mandarins increased from 121,000 tons to 166,000 tons, a 37.2 ...

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Mango imports are Up this Season; Plus NW Cherries

Mango imports are up significantly this season.  Plus, we take a final look at Northwest cherry shipments. Brazil Mango Imports The U.S., the National Mango Board (NMB) has released its latest update from Mexico and Brazil as of August 6, 2016 and reports volume arriving into the U.S. is up nearly one million boxes from last year. Mango volume shipping the first week of August is about 2.6 million boxes.  During the same week last year, volume was around 1.7 million boxes.  These numbers ...

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10 Reasons to Check out Broccoli Rabe

Article by: Keri Glassman, MS – RD – CDN, Our  (Andy Boy) Nutrition Expert, Keri Glassman, is one of America’s foremost registered dietitians. She brings with her a wealth of nutritional knowledge, as well as an appreciation for foods that people love.  If you’re one of the 70% of Americans who fail to meet the minimum U.S. Dietary Guidelines for daily vegetable intake…You. Are. Missing. Out. Yup, you really need to get them in Stat. My go-to fave is broccoli rabe. It’s loaded ...

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  • 18 Aug 2016
    10 Reasons to Check out Broccoli Rabe

    Our (Andy Boy) Nutrition Expert, Keri Glassman, is one of America’s foremost registered dietitians. She brings with her a wealth of nutritional knowledge, as well as an appreciation for foods that people love.

  • 09 Aug 2016
    The Power Your Lunchbox Pledge for Kids

    For the third year, Produce for Kids and produce partners are encouraging families nationwide to kick off the school year right by pledging to eat a healthier lunch, Aug. 8 through Sept. 23

  • 04 Aug 2016
    New Mango Research Reveals Health Benefits

    Four new studies surrounding the effects of mango consumption suggest this superfruit has the potential to help combat adverse effects associated with high fat diets and obesity

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