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Fewer U.S. Cranberries This Season; NJ Peaches are Experiencing Increase

Nationally, cranberry shipments will be down this season.  Meanwhile, favorable weather helps boost New Jersey to second place nationally in peach shipments. Cranberry growers in Wisconsin are expected to have another big harvest this fall, although it will be less than last year when average yields reached an all-time high. The USDA has released its latest forecast for the 2017 cranberry crop showing Badger State producers are projected to rake in 5.6 million barrels of the tart fruit, down nine percent from the ...

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New FlashLink Real-Time In-Transit Monitoring Solution is Announced

Pleasanton, CA. -- DeltaTrak® recently announced the release of its new FlashLink Real-Time Monitoring Solution. This system combines the FlashLink Real-Time In-Transit Logger cloud service.  The logger records  temperature, humidity, shock, light and location and sends data via GSM cellular network to a web account. Reliable up-to-the-minute information is accessed with a standard web browser using a PC or any internet-ready device. “The FlashLink Real-Time In-Transit Logger is especially beneficial to shippers because they don’t have to wait for a receiver to open ...

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Snoopy, Charlie Brown are Coming to Bulk Bins; Marsh Stores Purchased in Bankrupcty

International Paper’s North American Container business is putting Snoopy, Charlie Brown and other Peanuts characters on bulk bins. Two product displays with the characters are available.  Both are corrugated bulk bins, with one featuring Snoopy and watermelons and the other with Snoopy, Linus and Charlie Brown under the words “it’s the great pumpkin.” “This powerful combination is a standout, drawing customer attention and increasing sales by making shopping a fun experience,” said Scott Dillon, director of marketing, said in a news release. “Peanuts ...

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California Shipping Update for both Tomatoes and Table Grapes

The last half of summer is typically good for hauling California tomatoes as well as California table grapes. California's San Joaquin Valley mature green summer tomato shipments started in late July and will continue into November.  About 500 truck loads of mature greens are being loaded weekly. Caution is recommended when loading this product.  There's been some triple digit weather this season, which can stress the product and lead to quality issues.  The weather is supposed to be in the mid to upper ...

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Stemilt is Set to Introduce the Apple You'll Rave About

By Stemilt Growers WENATCHEE, Wash. – As the grower/marketer with the rights to University of Minnesota’s newest apple brand, Rave™, Stemilt Growers is set to harvest the apple’s first commercial crop and introduce this special early season apple to consumers in select regions come late August. Rave™ is the brand name for the apple cultivar MN55, which is a cross between Honeycrisp and an unreleased variety called MonArk. It was first developed through natural cross-pollination 20 years ago by David Bedford as ...

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Overall USDA Apple Shipping Forecast is Looking Good, Despite Drop in Volume

A USDA crop production report predicts U.S. apple shipments will be down 7 percent compared to last season. The apple crop (both fresh and processed uses) should total 248.6 million 42-pound cartons, off from the 268.4 million cartons in the 2016 season. year ago. On the up side, apple shipments from the Eastern state will increase.  However, a significant decline in apple volume is predicted for the Central U.S. states, while a moderate decrease is seen in Western growing regions. The Western states, led by Washington, ...

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Produce Imports Help Set Records at Ports Manatee and Oakland

The ports of Manatee and Oakland are having record-setting years, with much of that success coming from produce imports. Port of Manatee The Port of Manatee’s container volume already has handled as volume in 10 has it has totaled in a record setting 12-month year.. The Florida-based port has moved 32,907 20-foot-equivalent (TEU) container units since October 1st, surpassing the full-year record of 30,431 TEUs, which was set in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2010. A news release from Port Manatee points out ...

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California Shipping Update with Salinas Lettuce and San Joaquin Valley Grapes

Salinas Valley lettuce shipments continue with less ups and down in volume.  Meanwhile, San Joaquin Valley table grape shipments will enter it biggest volume period of the season starting in September. After a rocky start last spring hauling head lettuce and leaf lettuce out of the Salinas Valley, shipments have become more reliable and steady in the second half of the season. However, there seems to be less overall volume this year, due in part to the stormy, water deluged fields earlier ...

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