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Hunts Point, NYC Enter into Talks on Construction

Once again tenants at the Hunts Point Wholesale Produce Terminal are talking with the New York City about construction of entirely new warehouses to accommodate the market’s growing space needs. A previous $400 million plan has been eliminated that would have added capacity on the city-owned site — while keeping about 1 million square feet of existing warehouses.  More recent negotiations with the NYC’s Economic Development Corp. focus on new buildings being constructed in stages.  Each of members of the 38-member cooperative would have the old warehouses torn ...

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Fall Shipments: CA Grapes, Berries; GA Veggies

Excellent loading opportunities for California grapes are continuing into the fall shipping season, while strawberries also are moving in good volume.  Meanwhile, here's an update on Georgia fall vegetable shipments. California Grape Shipments California grape shipments are above of those of a year ago.  About 82.9 million million of grapes were loaded in the San Joaquin Valley in the week ending September 26, up from 70.7 million pounds in the same week last year.  However, this was down from 88.1 million pounds ...

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Affiliated, AWG Merger is Approved by Board

Affiliated Foods Midwest Cooperative Inc. members have voted 410-2 to combine their cooperative with the Kansas City, Kan.-based cooperative Associated Whole Grocers Inc. of Kansas City, KS. Approval from the members of AFM based in Norfolk, NE was the last  hurdle for the unification of the two groups.  A vote on the issue took place at AFM’s annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, NE. “While we were anticipating tremendous support for the unification by AFM’s members, I was humbled by the virtually unanimous vote in favor ...

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2016 Watermelon Carving Contest Winners

by National Watermelon Promotion Board Nearly 1,000 consumers voted for their favorite entry in this year’s Watermelon Carving Contest, hosted by National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB). The annual contest, which takes place every July to honor National Watermelon Month, encourages watermelon fans everywhere to create and carve watermelon works of art. Each carving submitted in the contest could be viewed at an online gallery at watermelon.org. NWPB encouraged fans to vote for their favorite overall carving from one of five categories. “The ...

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Good Loadings Seen for WA Apples, Mexican Avocados

Washington state apple shipments are expected to be down a little this season.  Meanwhile, Mexican avocado loadings to the U.S. are increasing. A forecast of 132.9 million boxes of fresh apples has been made for the for 2016-17 shipping season, up 15 percent from last year’s 115 million box crop.  However, this is down 6 percent from 2014’s record 141.8 million boxes. Reflecting a smaller crop, overall exports for the 2015-16 crop year were off about 30 percent from the record 2014-15 season.  Current season to ...

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Updates: Citrus Imports; Louisiana Sweet Potatoes

The last imports of South African citrus coming into the United States should be arriving this week.  Meanwhile, here is an update on Louisiana sweet potato shipments where product still not harvested got pounded by rains last month. South Africa Citrus The last boat of the season from South Africa with citrus is scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia the week of Sept. 26th.  Steady volumes of navel and midknight oranges from South Africa have been arriving in the U.S. South Africa ships navels, midknights, ...

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L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms Introduces Superfit Greens

Lyons, GA – L.G. Herndon, Jr. Farms, Inc. is announcing the release of its newest line of packaged greens, SuperFit Greens. The launch of SuperFit Greens introduces an innovative concept for Herndon, offering healthy traditional greens in a convenient new package. Herndon Farms has been the leader in produce categories including Vidalia onions, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, and bunch leafy greens for more than 30 years. As owner Bo Herndon has watched the leafy greens category change recently, he has envisioned ...

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Imports Set for Fruit from South America

Imports of Argentina blueberries and Mangoes from South America should be very good this season. Argentina growers should export about 17,500 tons of fresh blueberries this season, of which two-thirds likely will be arrive in the U.S. and Canada.  A year ago, the U.S. and Canada received only 10,280 tons of blueberries from Argentina, due to adverse growing conditions.  The weather seems to have improved a lot this year. Light exports were under way to the U.S. Brazil,  and Europe in late August, with ...

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