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A Few Thoughts About What Thanksgiving Means to Me

Happy Thanksgiving!  Come February HaulProduce.com will quietly celebrate its 5th anniversary of providing you with what I hope is information worth your valuable time ranging from active produce shipping areas, peak shipping periods, caution when needed about quality problems at shipping point, demand for refrigerated equipment, produce trucking rates, not mention health stories and other news related to perishables.  Unabashedly this site is a proponent of healthy eating and promoting the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fresh produce is ...

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Hapag-Lloyd is Investing in 3700 Refrigerated Export Containers; L&M Has New Nogales Facility

New refrigerated containers have been ordered by Hapag-Loyd for export expansions...In Nogales, L&M has expanded its warehouse shipping facility. Hapag-Lloyd is investing in 3700 refrigerated containers, which are used to ship food and other cargo around the world  Of the total, 1,000 of the units have environmentally friendly refrigeration systems. Another 1000 will also have controlled-atmosphere capabilities specifically for fresh produce. The Maersk Container Industry Star Cool Integrated containers are being built in Maersk facilities in China and Chile. "Working together with (Maersk Container), ...

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The Produce Mom Annnounces Rebranding and New Name

INDIANAPOLIS  -- The Produce Mom®, a passionate advocate for the fresh produce industry lead by Lori Taylor, announces a rebrand and name change to The Produce Moms. What started five years ago, as a blog and consumer brand of the Indianapolis Fruit Company, has evolved into an educational media brand that is owned, authored and lead by Taylor. Under her leadership, The Produce Mom has grown in its aspiration and aims to serve three specific audiences: moms, children and school professionals ...

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Imports: Peruvian Grapes to Bounce Back; Drop in South African Fruit Imports is Seen

Peruvian table grapes at the start season earlier this year was delayed due the effects of El Nino, but a comeback is seen.....From South Africa, fruit imports are expected to be less. While Peruvian grape exports declined about 10 percent due to the weather, the country is expected to rebound.  Table grapes are Peru's number one agricultural export, and it is estimated the country's 2017-18 production to be 638,000 metric tons, compared to 605,000 metric tons the past season. Exports are ...

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U.S. Pumpkin Shipments are Strong this Fall: Honeybear Pazazz Apple Shipping Period to Double

Pumpkin shipments in the U.S. should equal or exceed the volume of a year ago, thanks to a bountiful harvest, favorable growing conditions in the six states that account for 50 percent of the pumpkins in the nation....Also, Honeybear Pazazz apple shipments will increase substantially this season. Last year 1.6 billion pounds of pumpkins were shipped.  Some observers believe this year's U.S. pumpkin totals by the end of the season could be one of the best on record. Decorative pumpkins such as ...

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Idaho Potato Commission's New TV Commercial is Scoring Big Points

  By the Idaho Potato Commission EAGLE, ID --  The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) launched its new television commercial during the Boise State University (BSU) vs University of Virginia (UVA) football game that aired live from Albertson's Stadium in Boise, Idaho in late September.  As a long-standing Bronco sponsor, this marquee game presented an ideal opportunity to unveil the seventh installment of the IPC's  commercial featuring the Big Idaho Potato Truck, Farmer Mark and his ever-faithful hound. "Every year the popularity of ...

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Early Potato Shipments from Red River Valley are Strong, Despite Truck Shortage

By Ted Kreis Northern Plains Potato Growers Association Communications Fresh shippers from the Red River Valley are off to a strong start having already shipped over 700,000 hundredweight of potatoes prior to November 1st. That is a 32 percent increase over last year, a year that growers battled through wet harvest conditions. Shippers believe they could have shipped even more potatoes this fall had trucks been more readily available. Packers with the ability to load railcars are doing so in a big way ...

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Kenny Lund: The FMCSA Has Been a Terrible Failure; The Unintended Consequences of ELD, and More

Everyone is talking about the ELD mandate that goes into effect this December or potentially delayed to Spring 2018. From my perspective, the discussion centers on who will be compliant and who will not. We should be talking about how this simply enforces the Hours of Service (HOS) and its inane "one size fits all" solution that is bad for the industry. To determine safety based just on the number of hours a driver is on duty and not take into ...

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