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Springtime Melon Shipments Look Promising in Different Areas of the U.S.

We are well into springtime and that means melon shipments are underway, or soon will be from shipping areas across the country.  Decent volume is expected by at least some areas by the middle of May.  Here is a brief look at the plans of a few melon shippers located in different area of the U.S. West For example Five Crowns Marketing of Brawley, CA  plans to start shipping watermelons from the Imperial Valley about May 1st just as imported melons are ...

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Trucks Remain Tight, Rates Higher in Many Western U.S. Produce Shipping Areas

As produce rates remain higher than normal for this time of the year and equipment and drivers are in short supply, here is a round up of several active shipping areas in the Western half of the United States. At Nogales, watermelons crossing the border from Mexico are providing the heaviest volume as many winter vegetable items are nearing the end of a season.  Over 800 truck loads of Mexican melons are being shipped weekly and volume is still increasing.  Mexican ...

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The Appeal of Electric Trucks; Acquisition of Mann is Completed by Del Monte

The appeal of big rig electric trucks may be even bigger than thought....Plus, Del Monte completes its acquisition of Mann Packing. Electric Trucks Testla Inc. is the maker of the long-distance class-8 electric trucks scheduled to be introduced in 2019.  Now some fans of the new truck believe they will pay off the difference between electric and diesel trucks in as little as 18 months.  Jim Monkmeyer, president of DHL Supply Chain, who is one of the first to order the electric ...

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Produce Loading Opportunities Found East of the Rocky Mountains

Here is a glimpse of some produce loading opportunities found east of the Rocky Mountains, stretching to the East Coast. Florida is entering its last few weeks of spring vegetable shipments.  Sweet corn is averaging 700 - plus truck loads per week primarily from central and southern areas of the state, while just under 700 truck loads of  mature green tomatoes are being shipped weekly.  There also is decent volume coming from red potatoes and cabbage, with lighter volume on cabbages ...

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We Have Always Been a Nation Divided - and It's by Design

By Larry Oscar My how time seems to fly by.   This column (Zingers) has had a controversial life for over 13 years.   The Wave (a newsletter of which my Zingers column appears), being a early adapter of fake news, has provided many articles for our readers to think and laugh about. Most filled with half truths that require some thought as to their accuracy and credible content. The Zingers section was originally written to make people think about how they think. Many ...

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Santa Maria Strawberry Shipments Play Significant Role in Total California Volume

Sandwiched in between Ventura County to the south and the Watsonville area of the Salinas Valley to the north is Santa Mara.  It's strawberry season typically overlaps with the other two neighboring growing districts and plays a significant role in the state's total volume. While weather delays cut volume for Easter, Santa Maria strawberry shipments are expected to play a key role. Through March 24th, total volume for the year-from Santa Maria stood at 2.43 million trays, up from 1.89 million trays ...

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Shipping Updates for Springtime Strawberries, Avocados and Apples

Here are updates on strawberry, avocado and apple shipments. As of April 7th California strawberry shipments had totaled around 17.5 million trays, which is over 3 million fewer trays than at the same time in 2017.  Likewise, at the same time two years ago  27.4 million trays of strawberries had been shipped.  Factors ranging from heavy rains to cold weather have been blamed for the lighter volume thus far this season.  Assuming improved growing conditions are ahead with the arrival of ...

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Eating Vegetables and Fruit May Also Reduce Risk of Depression

by American Academy of Neurology MINNEAPOLIS -- People who eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains may have lower rates of depression over time, according to a preliminary study released recently will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018. The study found that people whose diets adhered more closely to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet were less likely to develop depression than people who did not closely follow the diet. ...

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