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Argentina Blueberry Imports by U.S. Should be Lower as Competition Increases

While imported Argentina blueberries are arriving at U.S. ports, boat arrivals will be heaviest during October and November, before winding down by the end of the year. The country typically exports about 65 percent of its total volume to the U.S., but that could decline about 10 percent  this year, due to increased competition from Peru. The first "blues" arrived by air in early September. Argentina exporter Hortifrut Expofresh reports the country's blueberry exports to the U.S. should approach 11,000 metric tons, similar to ...

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NC Sweet Potato Shipments will Suffer Significantly from Hurricane Florence

Damage resulting from Hurricane Florence could cut North Carolina sweet potato shipments by as much as 35 percent, at least with one early estimate.  Better estimates may not be available for weeks. Vick Family Farms of Wilson, N.C  was expecting to resume the week harvest the week of September 24th when fields should dry.  The grower-shipper had completed harvesting about 35 percent of its crop before the massive storm hit. Farming operation near Wilson, N.C., received about 10 to 12 inches of rain, ...

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SiCar Farms is Opening New, Larger Facility in Texas

By Si Car Farms Having posted explosive growth in the past several years, SiCar Farms of Mission, Texas, is opening a new state of the art facility in December 2018. This new facility is expected to handle three times the company’s current production capacity. With a proven record of offering steady and reliable year-round service/delivery of fresh limes, fresh lime juice, lime oils, as well as other fruits and vegetables. Founded on its ability to partner and build strong, sustainable relationships with ...

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Massive Amounts of Cranberries Could be Dumped This Season

Huge amounts of cranberries could be dumped this season or diverted to other places such as a charity institutions as production has soared in recent years.  Light loadings of fresh cranberries are underway. At the same time cranberry growers are pushing the USDA to bail them by having the feds slash the amount of fruit that can be sold for the 2018-19 shipping season by about 25 percent. The USDA published a proposed rule last Apple upon the recommendation of the Cranberry ...

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New Campaign Highlights the Performance-Boosting of Potatoes

By Potatoes USA DENVER -- The Potato industry is making a strong statement about potatoes to demonstrate the performance-boosting benefits of America's favorite vegetable.  Potatoes USA, the nation's potato marketing and research organization, worked with its members to identify a nutrition-based lifestyle benefit that challenges consumers' preconceived notions about potatoes.  Extensive research led to a strategy based on a key truth: Potatoes fuel performance.  Most people don't consider the potato a performance food and are surprised to learn about all of the nutritional benefits.  Potatoes ...

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Trucking Issues are a Factor in NY Apple Shippers Joining Forces

by New York Apple Sales & Red Jacket Orchards Glenmont, N.Y.  – This spring, the principals of Red Jacket Orchards (Geneva, N.Y.) and New York Apple Sales, Inc. (Glenmont, N.Y.) agreed to join their fresh apple marketing programs to provide better trucking service and more opportunities for their customers. Red Jacket Orchards (RJO) is a powerhouse in the All Natural, Cold Pressed Juice and Cider category, and has built up the Red Jacket® brand in the beverage and fresh apple category over ...

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Mexican Avocado Shipments will be Lighter Through September

Fewer Mexican avocado shipments are expected through September as there will be a transition from the old to the new crop. Mission Produce Inc. of Oxnard, CA expects both the size of the fruit as well as the tonnage out of Mexico to be off a little through most of the month of September as the industry moves into the flora loca — or off-bloom — avocado crop, which bridges the gap between the old crop and the aventajada crop, which ...

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Actress Amy Smart is Official Spokesperson for USA Pears

by Pear Bureau Northwest PORTLAND, Ore. - The start of the Northwest pear harvest season kicks off with actress Amy Smart's new role as official spokesperson for USA Pears. Known for her roles in hit films like Just Friends andThe Butterfly Effect, and her upcoming role in Tyson's Run, Smart has also established herself as a trusted voice of sustainable living and healthy eating - even tending her own garden at home. The 2018 harvest of Northwest pears, hand-picked and hand-packed with care by Pacific Northwest growers, ...

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