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Glut of California Strawberry Shipments has Some Fruit on Consignment

Strawberry shipments along with mixed vegetables are showing significant increases from the Salinas Valley, including Watsonville, as truck rates to many destinations had double digit increases.  Also, consignment loads should be a concern to truckers. While Ventura County strawberry shipments are just about finished, Santa Maria and Salinas were providing most of the strawberry volume during the past week.  However, Santa Maria is entering a seasonal decline, while Salinas is just heating up.  For example, between Salinas and Santa Maria this ...

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Organic fresh produce sales reach nearly $5 billion in 2017

Organic fresh produce items reached almost $5 billion in 2017, an 8 percent increase from the previous year, according to data released by the Organic Produce Network and Nielsen.  Overall, nearly 2 billion pounds of organic produce were sold in grocery stores last year, a 10 percent volume increase from 2016. Partnering with Nielsen, OPN’s review of 2017 organic fresh produce sales at retail stores across the United States shows dollar sales of organic fresh vegetables were $2.4 billion, while organic ...

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2018 Northwest Cherry Shipments are Set for Early June

by Northwest Cherry Growers Northwest cherry shipments are on pace for a strong start in June. About 22.6 million (20-pound equivalent) boxes are forecast to be shipped this season.  The 2018 crop on the trees gives every indication of a fantastic season to come for growers, truckers and retailers alike. In 2015 and 2016, we shipped for at least a week in the month of May.  Last season (2017) we didn't begin shipping until the eighth of June.  Based on individual grower records ...

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Imported Mexican Guava Shipments Have been Showing Growth

Imported Mexican guava volume has been trending higher for Spring Valley Fruits LLC of Pharr, Tx, the largest U.S. importer of the tropical fruit.  The company imports about 60 to 65 percent of all the Mexican fresh guava coming to the U.S., said Alberto Diaz Lopez, principal with the company. The company’s sales have grown 70 percent over the past two years.  Imports of Mexican guava is grown the round, typically being harvested green and breaking to a yellow color. Spring ...

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Michigan Asparagus Shipments Look Promising Despite Late Start

by Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board Dewitt, MI — Although limited in acreage, growers in the Southern region of Michigan asparagus shipments started the week of May 7th. However, most of the state’s growers located West Central Michigan, in the heart of the asparagus growing area, didn't get underway until the week of May 14th.  Shipments will continue until early July. This year, due to unseasonably cool spring temperatures and late season snowfall, growers across the state are experiencing one of the latest ...

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Potandon is Now Shipping Arizona Red and Yellow Potatoes

by Potandon Produce L.L.C. Idaho Falls, ID  – Potandon Produce L.L.C., the exclusive marketing agent for Pinto Creek Co., LLC in Eloy, Arizona, began potato shipments May 10th. Early season growing conditions did delay this year’s crop, but did not impact quality.  Red potatoes became available for shipping on the 10th, with yellows available May 14th.  Potandon will also distribute Arizona potatoes from their Idaho Falls, Idaho cross-dock facility starting approximately May 18th. Dick Thomas, Senior VP of Sales reported that overall acreage ...

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Reports: Organic and Conventional Produce is Safe, “Dirty Dozen” List Unsupportable

by The Alliance for Food and Farming Watsonville, CA - According to the USDA and the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sampling data, 99 percent of residues on fruits and vegetables, when present at all, are well below safety levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency. FDA sampling shows that 50 percent of the foods sampled had no detectable residues at all.    “In light of today’s “dirty dozen” list release, both government reports are good news for consumers and show that ...

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KORU Apples Arriving at U.S. Ports for Distribution

by New York Apple Sales With New Zealand KORU® Apple harvest in full swing, KORU® Apple shipments began arriving at USA ports in mid April 13 and are now being distributed mostly by truck to markets across the nation. The first commercial exports were shipped to the USA in 2013, making this the sixth year for KORU® Apples in the USA market. Export volumes have been increasing annually, along with production, with this year’s New Zealand crop estimated to reach 180,000 Z-pack equivalents, ...

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