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Loading Imported Mexican Produce Continues to Increase

Loading opportunities for produce haulers for imported Mexican fresh fruits and vegetables have been rising for the past two decades or more, and this trend is expected to continue. The reasons range from favoritable climates (with the emphasis on the plural) south of the border, cheaper labor and growing costs, not to mention the outrageous political and regulatory climate in crazy California that is makes it ever more difficult to do business there. For example, A.M. Farms, Stockton, CA., had grown asparagus ...

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Chiquita Launches New California Banana Shipping

by Chiquita® LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Chiquita North America is proud to announce its dedicated new banana shipping service and supply chain improvements to better serve its West Coast customers. The new shipping service will reduce fruit transit time by half, resulting in 4-5 days from the banana production area to the Port of Hueneme-Los Angeles, CA . This will result in better quality and fresher bananas for Chiquita’s Western customers. In addition, Chiquita has been engaged in a major refrigerated container ...

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13% More Apples in the U.S. Remain to be Shipped

U.S. fresh market apples remaining to be shipped are double digit over last season and 97 percent of those apples for hauling are located in three states. U.S. fresh market apples remaining to be shipped on February 1st were 13 percent higher compared with the 2015-16 shipping season and 9 percent more than the five-year average, according to the February storage report from the U.S. Apple Association.  The leading varieties remaining to be shipped are red delicious and gala. Total fresh market ...

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Take Avocados, Other Fruits and Veggies to Heart, During American Heart Month

By Hass Avocado Board MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – February is American Heart Month – a critical time to raise awareness about the importance of heart health and the harmful consequences if ignored. As part of its four-year collaboration, the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is teaming up with the American Heart Association during American Heart Month to encourage Americans to consume the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables in an effort to improve the health of all Americans which is associated ...

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California Strawberry Shipments Increase over Last Year

There has been a small turn around in California strawberry fields following a three-year trend of declining acreage, while shipments are up significantly. At least for this year, the trend for decreased acreage has been halted, with an estimate of a bit more than 36,000, on par with 2016 numbers, according to the California Strawberry Commission Acreage Survey for 2017. In 2016, total strawberry shipments from California topped 196 million trays, representing about 3.4 percent gain over the previous year even with 5 percent ...

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California Citrus Shipments are Delayed; NY Apple Shipper Handling Canadian Fruit

Refrigerated haulers expecting to load California citrus could very well face significant delays because rains have delayed harvest.  On another front, an upstate New York apple shipper will be shipping Canadian apples this season. California Citrus Shipments Disruptions at citrus loading docks are expected the week of February 13-17 due to rain delayed harvests in California's San Joaquin Valley. A rainy week in California has citrus growers there expecting some shortages in mid-February due to excessive rains in citrus groves the week of ...

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Chiquita Cancels Port Everglades Lease; Parker to Ship Vidalia Onions

Here's an update on Chiquita's involvement with Port Everglades.  On another front, Parker Farms will be a new shipper of Vidalia onions. The Broward County Commission voted recently to terminate the lease for most of Chiquita Brands International’s facilities at Port Everglades.  It was leasing 13.1 acres with 14,097 square feet of offices and 28,352 square feet of warehouses to support its banana shipments.  Under the termination, the Chiquita would keep 6.59 acres of land under a short-term lease, but not the buildings. The move ...

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No Weather Related Quality Problems with Mexican Mango Imports - Yet

Whether recent weather issues in Mexico will adversely affect quality of imported Mexican mangos remains to been seen. Through the third week of May, a normal projection of 29 million boxes is projected, with much of this production to be imported by the U.S. As much as 30 to-40 percent of the Mexican mango crop was reported affected by winds.  This is expected to decrease import volume by U.S. importers in February, but quality appears normal -- so far.  Mexico ships mangos most of the year and various ...

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