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Consumers Spending More on Eating Out Than at Retail

Technomic, a research company dedicated to the foodservice channel recently released their annual results report.  Over half of the U.S. food dollar is now spent eating out at foodservice vs. retail, as more people go out to eat, rely on takeout or look for supermarket foodservice (convenient prepared food) options. Foodservice is now also the largest sales channel for potatoes in the U.S. The $845 billion-dollar foodservice industry grew 1.6% in 2016, with the sectors of fast food/quick service, fast casual, fine ...

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Coachella Valley will Provide Nation's First Domestic Grapes of the Year

 Coachella Valley grape shipments start soon, kicking off the domestic grape season for the United States. Nestled just outside of Palm Springs are California's first grape shipments each year.  Coachella Valley grape loadings will get underway in early May, but it will be at least mid May, if not a little later before there is good volume. In its prime, the Coachella Valley routinely shipped in excess of 10 million cartons per season.  Even a decade ago, volume ranged from 7 million to ...

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Produce Shipping Update: Mexican Mango Exports to U.S.; Texas Onion Shipments

Mexican mango exports to the U.S. are picking up as the second half of the season should be much better than the first half.  Meanwhile, as South Texas onion shipments finish up, a new crop is expected to start a little further to the north. Mexico is the fifth-largest producer mangos worldwide, and is the largest single exporter of fresh mangoes.   About 35 percent of Mexico’s mango production is exported, with 90 percent going to the U.S. In total, Mexico produces an estimated 1.6 ...

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Eating More Fruits, Vegetables Boosts Psychological Well-Being In Just 2 Weeks

by Honor Whiteman, Medical News Today Fruits and vegetables are a pivotal part of a healthful diet, but their benefits are not limited to physical health. New research finds that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may improve psychological well-being in as little as 2 weeks. Study leader Dr. Tamlin Conner, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and colleagues found that young adults who were given extra fruits and vegetables each day for 14 days ate ...

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Western Produce Shipments: Here's Several Loading Opportunties

From Nogales to California, the Northwest and Colorado, here are some springtime loading opportunities with fresh fruits and vegetables. Nogales Crossings While springtime crossings of imported Mexican vegetables is past its peak, there are about 1500 truck loads of watermelons being loaded per week, with around 500 truck loads of vine ripe tomatoes available.  There's much less volume with squash, peppers and some other vegetables.  Mexican grape loadings should be available in very light volume starting next week, with decent loading opportunities ...

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Farmer's Best Squash is Experiencing Strong Shipments

By Farmer's Best Nogales, Ariz. – Farmer’s Best, a major produce grower in Mexico and distributor in the United States, is only one month into harvesting its summer squash crop and is producing a strong, consistent volume. “We are very pleased with the quality and production of our gray, yellow and Italian squash this season,” says Leonardo Tarriba, Farmer’s Best general manager. “They have exceeded our standards and continue to grow to impressive, beautiful sizes.” Farmer’s Best Italian, gray and yellow squash, more ...

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Bloggers Reveal Leading Fruit & Vegetable Recipe Trends

by Full Tilt Marketing Milwaukee, WI—Full Tilt Marketing asked 50 food bloggers to share their most popular fruit and vegetable posts for 2016 and the were gleaned for insights. The analysis found the key driving factors that made the recipes popular with consumers included; appearance, seasonality, flavor profiles and healthy substitutes. In fact, 74% of the bloggers’ recipes included descriptive comments such beautiful, stunning, looks so good, and amazing. Melinda Goodman, Managing Partner at FullTilt Marketing commented, “It’s no surprise that appearance ...

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Florida Orange Forecast is Steady in Latter Part of Season

The forecast for all Florida orange shipments in April hasn’t changed from the March outlook, at 67 million boxes; but grapefruit shipping volume has been reduced. Growers are battling citrus greening in the groves, resulting in the smaller crop.   Following the revised  USDA forecast shows the total orange volume includes 33 million boxes of the non-valencia oranges (early, midseason, and navels) and 34 million boxes of valencia oranges.  Florida is the top orange-producing state in the U.S., with California second, at a projected ...

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