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United Foundation Has Grants to Increase Kids' Produce Consumption

The United Fresh Start Foundation is launching a new community grants program to help advance the organization’s mission to increase children’s access to fresh fruit and vegetables. The new initiative will provide $25,000 in grants to local community organizations and groups that share the United Fresh Start Foundation’s commitment to increasing kids’ access to fresh produce, ensuring they develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. This effort extends the foundation’s work beyond the school day and will provide children with ...

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Florida Strawberry, Veggie Shipments Good - for this Time of Year

Florida strawberries and tomatoes are leading produce shipments from the Sunshine state this month. Florida has over 11,000 acres of strawberries are grown in the Plant City area each year, with Hillsborough County shipping about 15 percent of the nation’s strawberries and virtually all the berries grown during the winter. Since late spring, the weather was good and the state has been leading the nation in strawberry shipments now for a number of weeks.  Although small compared to California's total strawberry shipments, ...

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Organic, Genetically Modified Food: Opinions Differ

There differing opinion by Americans  on the value of organic foods and concerns about genetically modified (GM) foods, according to a new poll. A poll of 1,480 adults nationwide found that 55 percent said organically grown produce is healthier than conventionally grown produce, while 41 percent said there's no difference, says The Pew Research Center. Nearly four out of 10 respondents said GM foods are worse for health than other foods, while almost 50 percent believe is no difference.  Ten percent said GM ...

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World Grape Shipping Outlook is Favorable

Grape production throughout the world is forecast to jump, rising 1 million tons to 21.9 million, as China’s growth continues and Turkey’s production recovers. U.S. grape shipments is forecast to rebound back to near the 2013-14 record, rising 60,000 tons to 1 million tons, as vineyards recover from previous years’ adverse growing conditions.  Exports are forecast up 37,000 tons to 365,000 on higher production and improved shipments to Asian markets.  Imports are slated to rise 15,000 tons to 545,000 as consumption continues ...

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25% of Households Purchase Nearly 75 % of Avocados

Fresh avocados are one of the most successful categories in fresh produce. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. households purchase avocados each year and spend $23.91 on average, driving annual household purchases of over $1.6 billion, according to The Hass Avocado Board’s newly released Shopper Segmentation Study.  The study was based on data from The IRI Consumer Network, analyzes the households that are buying avocados and reveals the underlying purchase behaviors that are driving this category. The segments for the study was conducted by ranking ...

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Michigan is Experiencing Record Apple Shipments

by The Michigan Apple Committee LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple industry set new shipment records eleven weeks in a row in from October 15 through Christmas, according to the USDA Specialty Crop Market News Service. “These record numbers come as no surprise after the Michigan Apple industry reported an estimated record crop of 31 million bushels for 2016. Growers, packers and shippers have been working very hard to continue to move the apple crop,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the ...

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Western Onions Hit by Storm; Avocado Shipments are Growing

A snowfall described by some that only occurs every 25 years hit the major onion shipping area of western Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon on January 8, damaging a number of structures, including some storage sheds.  Transportation has been very difficult due to highways being closed, or are difficult to navigate. Beside the large amounts of snow that fell over the weekend, rains followed that made the snow even heavier. Snake River Produce of Nyssa, OR,  lost a storage facility.   Although it didn’t have onions stored ...

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SweeTango Sales Data is Showing Big Increase

SweeTango weekly apple sales increased 43.6 percent in the U.S. between August 7th and October 29th.  This was and average of 54 pounds per store over the same time frame in 2015, according to apple grower cooperative Next Big Thing. The co-op, which includes 47 growers from Washington to Nova Scotia, cited Nielsen Co. data in a news release, saying SweeTango was the 10th-best-selling apple overall — falling just behind Pink Lady and Jazz — and the second-best-selling apple when compared only to club ...

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