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CA Avocado Commission Kicks Off American Summer Holidays Program

By California Avocado Commission IRVINE, Calif. – The avocado industry estimates that 123 million pounds of Hass avocados will be shipped for the for Memorial Day weekend activities, which surpasses the volume for Cinco de Mayo this year.  It is prime season for California avocados, and the California Avocado Commission (CAC) has put together its sixth annual program supporting avocado sales for American summer holidays, with a strong push on the start of the season. “Memorial Day continues to be a sweet spot for ...

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NW Cherry Shipments Set for June Start; South African Clementine Imports are Coming

Northwest cherry shipments will get underway next month with more volume expected than usual later in the season.  Meanwhile, South African clementine exports are expected to have good volume this season. In the first shipping estimate of the year,  21.8 million 20-pound boxes of Northwest cherries are expected.  This is an increase from 20.9 million boxes last year,  but less than the 2014 record crop of 23.2 million boxes. The first of four cherry shipping estimates set for release this season.  The May 4th ...

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Big Idaho Potato Truck begins Sixth National Tour

BOISE, Idaho -- The Big Idaho® Potato Truck is back on America's highways promoting Idaho's most famous agricultural product, the Idaho® potato. In just six months, the Truck will log 23,000 miles, stop in more than 60 cities both large and small and be photographed millions of times by spud lovers across the country. The Truck's popular "A Big Helping" charitable program will continue to support local non-profits across the country."When we launched the Truck six years ago, it was intended ...

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Big Shipments of Mexican Grapes are Seen; Hood River Oregon Pears will be Late

Big volume Mexican grape shipments are underway and volume and is more than double that of California's Coachella Valley, which also has  is shipping.  Meanwhile, here's a peak at Hood River pear shipments coming this summer. Mexican grape shipments should hit nearly  20 million cases this year, exceeding 2016 volume by 3.3 million cases. Nearly all Mexican grapes are grown in the state of Sonora. Export volume this season is estimated at 19.4 million cartons compared to last year’s total exports of 16.1 million. As usual, 2017’s biggest ...

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Bee Sweet Citrus Sees Strong Summer Import Season; Apples in Storage Up over Last Year

by Bee Sweet Citrus FOWLER, Calif., -  Bee Sweet Citrus Sales Manager Joe Berberian welcomes the start of Bee Sweet’s 2017 summer import program. “Bee Sweet Citrus is grower, packer and shipper of premium California citrus,” said Berberian. “While our domestic season has come to an end, we can continue to provide exceptional citrus to our consumers through our summer import program.” For over 15 years, Bee Sweet Citrus has been developing close ties with both Chilean and Peruvian citrus growers. In order ...

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  500 Million Avocados Sold at Retail During 2016 Avocado Holidays

By The Hass Avocado Board MISSION VIEJO, CA - Avocados are appearing more often on menus when family and friends gather for holiday celebrations. The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) recently released a study that shows the growing popularity of avocados as measured by retail sales trends during thirteen key holidays and events. Overall in 2016, shoppers purchased +10% more avocados than in the prior year, with nearly 1.9 billion avocados sold at retailers across the country. Holidays have historically been a ...

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Jimmy DeMatteis is Honored with the Heritage Award in Logistics Industry

 Jimmy DeMatteis, CTB, President & CEO of Des Moines Truck Brokers was honored by the national Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) with the 2017 Heritage Award presented at their 39th annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 18. The Heritage Award is the most respected honor in the logistics industry. It recognizes exceptional industry leadership and long standing support of the TIA, the premier organization for third-party logistics professionals in North America and over 1,600 members. In reflecting on his career, Jimmy wrote ...

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Washington State: Chelan Fresh & Borton Fruit Merge

by Chelan Fresh Chelan, Wash. – Chelan Fresh of Chelan, Wash., already one of the largest and most versatile apple, cherry and pear suppliers in the world, is merging with Borton Fruit of Yakima, Washington. The merger brings together two industry leading companies and 5 generations of farmers. Borton Fruit’s diverse production and innovative style joins the dynamic supplier base of Gebbers Farms, Crane & Crane and Chelan Fruit Cooperative in the marketing group. The addition of Borton Fruit brings an ...

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