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Average Wisconsin Spud Volume is Seen; California Grape Shipments Keep Growing

Looking ahead to the up coming season, Wisconsin potatoes shipments are expected to be average....In California, grape shipments should end up with another big time shipping season. We're still a few weeks away from the beginning of harvest for Wisconsin potatoes, which will continue through October.  As the nation's third largest shippers of potatoes behind Idaho and Colorado, the Badger States has about 110 potato farmers, who together grow about 63,000 acres of spuds.  From season to season Wisconsin typically ships ...

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Lipman Family Farms, NatureSweet Partner

by NatureSweet® San Antonio -- Tomato industry leaders Lipman Family Farms and NatureSweet are joining forces to better serve customers and quick service restaurants by ensuring year‐round premium, high‐quality, high‐flavor slicing and salad tomatoes. NatureSweet brings to the table years of greenhouse growing expertise, while field grown tomato leader Lipman brings deep experience serving food service customers. As the better burger, quick service and fast casual restaurant industry continues to grow in the United States, changing consumer taste demands high‐quality and exceptionally ...

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Stemilt Expects to Ship About 12% of NW Pear Crop This Season

by Stemilt Growers WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Northwest pear crop is looking promising this year, with about 20 million boxes expected to be packed and shipped.  Stemilt, an industry leader in both conventional and organic varieties expects to shipper around 12 percent of the crop. “Harvest is trending a week ahead of last year, with increased crop volumes over last season," said Brianna Shales, communications manager at Stemilt. Shipments of  Tosca and Bartlett pears get underway the week of August 20, followed by ...

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Hispanic Conumers Lead in Avocado Consumption

It’s no surprise Hispanics are avocado buyers, but a recent Hass Avocado Board study shows that even as consumption of the fruit has risen in many demographic groups, Hispanic consumers continue to outpace others in many areas. The study, Hispanic Avocado Shopper Trends,  and a companion document giving retailers ideas on how to capitalize on the findings, Hispanic Avocado Shoppers Trends Action Guide, is based on retail data from the IRI Consumer Network, according to a news release. Hispanic household purchase trends of ...

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Heat Hits California Avocados; Chilean Mandarin Volume Continues Impressive Growth

California avocados are dropping from the trees because of triple digit temperatures that have been common since early July....Meanwhile, imported Chilean mandarin volume has have increased nearly five-fold during the past six years. Some temperatures have hit 115 degrees F.  For example, Del Rey Avocado Co. Inc. of Fallbrook, CA reports avocado groves in San Diego County’s Pauma Valley and Temecula have suffered from the heat. As a result, fruit drop resulting from the heat is expected to cut avocado shipments and ...

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Citrus Shipment Estimates for California and Texas are Reduced; California Garlic Update

California and Texas orange shipping estimates have been lowered by the USDA....Meanwhile California garlic loadings are off to a good start. The California shipments are pegged at 44 million boxes, down 1 percent from the USDA’s June projection.  Texas orange shipments of 1.88 million boxes, are down 11 percent from June. The California valencias shipping forecast has been lowered 5 percent to 9 million boxes, on par with last season. The forecast for California navel shipments remain steady at 35 million boxes, which ...

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Produce Shippers are Concerned over Rising Truck Rates

Historically, the produce industry gives truck transportation and trucking rates little thought, unless they are having a problem getting their product loaded, or rates are on the rise.  Well, both are happening. For example, several Northwest potato shippers have recently expressed concerns over what it cost to ship their potatoes.  They say the situation has become enough of a concern in various parts of the country that more regional potato crops are being plants. Being closer to major markets means less ...

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Chilean Clementine Imports are Rising; Tamarind Imports are Also Increasing

Significant increases in clementines from Chile are being reported....Meanwhile, tamarind imports also are on the rise. Through the middle of July Chile had exported nearly 50,000 metric tons of clementines to the U.S., representing a 42.9 percent increase over the previous year.  Of that volume, 57 percent was shipped to the East Coast. During the same period, South Africa loaded 6,000 metric tons of easy peelers, all sent to the East Coast.  By comparison, Peru has exported over 16,000 metric tons of ...

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