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Widespread Panic! SE Blueberries, Peaches, other Crops Clobbered by Freeze

More details are becoming available on that mid March hard freeze that hit crops from North Carolina to Southern Georgia.  Spring produce shipments from the Southeast will definitely be affected. Georgia Blueberry Shipments That March 15-17 freeze could reduce Georgia blueberry shipments by as much as 75 percent this spring, costing the industry $400 million.  At best, there is hope "only" 60 percent of the crop was lost, but it could easily be higher in the south-central areas of Georgia, which is heart of ...

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Top Health Benefits Of Apples are Listed During National Nutrition Month

by U.S. Apple Association Falls Church, VA – Beyond everyday convenience and the wide range of varieties and apple products to choose from, apples also pack a nutritious punch, providing a daily dose of health benefits. “National Nutrition Month, celebrated in March, is a good time to remind consumers that apples are a super food found in stores across the country,” said Korenna Wilson, Director of Consumer Health and Media Relations for USApple. “We continue to see studies that confirm the link between ...

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Side Delights Flavorables Wins Prestigious Packaging Design Award

By Fresh Solutions Network San Francisco, CA  – Fresh Solutions Network recently announced packaging design award from Graphic Design USA, American Packaging Design Awards. The award celebrates the Side Delights® Flavorables™ fresh potato package design, with its vibrant color palette and bold flavor profiles, encouraging an exciting potato choice. “Capitalizing on consumer flavor trends that are HOT, HOT, HOT, we challenged the design team to communicate the bold flavor combinations while providing package designs that would be just as stimulating visually on the shelf,” said ...

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Shipping Updates from California Carrots, to Florida Citrus and Vidalia Onions

Here's a shipping update ranging from California carrots to Florida citrus and Vidalia onions.  There's also one less major Georgia onion shipper this year. California carrots may a little roughed up due to record rains and flooded fields during the past several months, but shippers say the quality remains good for hauling despite some blemishes and cosmetic flaws. Eighty-five percent of the nation's fresh carrots are grown and shipped from California.  It's believed there are between 40 and 50 carrot growers in the ...

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Online Game Launched by Wonderful Pistachios with Prizes

An interactive online game featuring Ernie the Elephant fromWonderful Pistachios, Los Angeles, is launching Destroy Ernie's Evidence. Voiced by wrestling celebrity John Cena, players help Ernie  destroy incriminating evidence from a party with the Squirrel Sisters the evening before in a series of online games that will be released every two weeks. “Ernie’s influence has already led to pistachios’ sales volume increasing by more than 35 percent,” Adam Cooper, vice president of marketing at Wonderful Pistachios, said in a news release. “Whether you ...

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New Field Colored Pepper Varieties are Introduced at J&J Family of Farms

Loxahatchee, FL - J&J Family of Farms® is always looking for ways to attract and bring value to its customers. This season, J&J is doing just that, with the introduction of its Field-Grown Colored Pepper program. The company plans to keep fulfilling consumer demand in new and innovative ways with the new product line. J&J Family of Farms worked closely with Seminis® in order to bring customers and consumers a unique Field-Grown Colored Pepper that has thick walls and a long ...

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Shipping Updates on SE Blueberries, and US-Mexican Avocados

Shipments of Southeastern blueberries are coming, while imported Mexican avocados are expected to cover the lighter volume expected out of California. Southeastern blueberry shipments from Florida get underway in mid- to late March, while  Georgia blueberry shipments starts  with its southern highbush harvests in mid- to late April.  This is followed by rabbiteyes in late May. North Carolina blueberry shipments round out the region’s production with loadings in mid- to late May. The Southeast was expected to increases in volume in Florida and Georgia, but we ...

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Volume Florida Spring Produce Shipments are Just Around the Corner

If great spring weather for growing vegetables, combined with optimism by Florida shippers mean anything, this should be one of the better years in a while for hauling produce from the Sunshine state. Dozens of mixed vegetables are now being shipped, or will soon get underway.  Similar to the strawberry crop that got an early start this season from the Plant City area (and is now finished), one would think Florida vegetable shipments would follow a similar path of earlier than usual volume. April and May are typically the ...

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