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Wawona Packing’s Freestone Organic Peach Shipments are Underway

by Wawona Packing Company Cutler, CA — Wawona Packing Company, the largest grower of organic tree fruit in the United States, has announced that its crop of organic yellow peaches is on track for the seasonal transition from clingstone to freestone peaches beginning July 1st. The stone (or pit) clings to the flesh of the peach in clingstone peaches; in freestone peaches, the stone separates effortlessly. This popular fruit will be featured in the company’s "Summer Sizzle" promotion. "Peach enthusiasts get really ...

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Heavy NW Cherry Shipments Are Expected into Early August

By The Northwest Cherry Growers As the last of our mid-season shippers wind down their business for the year, the bulk of cherry shipments are shifting to the later producing regions.  Packing lines are running around the clock as our industry gears up to finish the season in August with strong promotable volume for the next several weeks. The 2018 shipped crop to date (in 20-pound box equivalents) stands at  19,473,061 million boxes. Strong cherry shipments from the Northwest are expected, lead by ...

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A Big New Spud for Next Tour of Big Idaho Potato Truck

By Idaho Potato Commission EAGLE, ID  – With much anticipation the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) unveiled Big Idaho® Potato 2.0. Weighing in at 4 tons, the fiberglass potato is just as impressive as the original, but with a few subtle differences. While the Truck is still 28 feet long and 11.5 feet high, it’s a little trimmer in the middle (10 feet wide), and two tons lighter so it can travel to more places. When folks saw the original potato, the most commonly asked ...

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Shipping Updates: Imported NZ Apples, Mexican Raspberries, Florida Dragon Fruit

From New Zealand apples, to Mexican raspberries and Dragon Fruit in Florida, here are some loading opportunities. The Oppenheimer Group of Vancouver, B.C. is importing New Zealand fruit and for the first time it will have no gaps between domestic, US grown product and New Zealand fruit. The first arrivals came in early June.  Zealand-grown Jazz apples are experiencing bigger demand from some retailers on the East Coast.  They have switched to the new crop Jazz apple already because of the higher ...

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Dragon Fruit, Turmeric, Jackfruit are Among Specialties Gaining Popularity

Among specialty  produce items gaining in popularity with U.S. consumers are Asian vegetables and tropical items. “What is interesting about the specialty category is the crossover between the products and which category they fall into,” said Alex Jackson Berkley, assistant sales manager for Frieda’s, based in Los Alamitos, CA, who recently appeared in a feature in the trade publication The Packer. “Many fruit items that are popular in the Asian culture are also common in the Latin culture, like  dragon fruit (photograph), ...

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New Jersey Vegetable Shipments are Looking Good

As New Jersey vegetable shipments get underway, here is a look at last season’s volume to add some perspective as to what to expect this summer. Bell peppers and tomatoes saw significant shipping increases in 2017, while sweet corn acreage was stable. New Jersey’s top vegetables in 2017 were tomatoes, bell peppers and sweet corn, and total acreage for vegetable crops topped 35,000 acres. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports shipments for 18 vegetables tracked in New Jersey totaled 507.8 million pounds, ...

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Mid-Atlantic Vegetables May Face Gaps in Shipments

Heavy rains last spring set back vegetable crops and shipments from the mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, which in some cases will result in shipping gaps.  Still, growers are expressing optimism for a strong year. Some farmers reported actually pumping off more water in May from the field than they pumped in for irrigation.  The result could be shipping gaps in July. Fifer Orchards of Wyoming, DE is an exception claiming the rains did not prevent normal planting of crops ...

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Nunes Co. Reignits Partnership with Brooke Shields

The Nunes Co. and reignited a partnership with well know actress, model and celebrity, Brooke Shields, which originally began in 1989.  Nunes is one of the nation’s largest grower-shippers of conventional and organic fresh produce marketed under the Foxy brand name. The marketing campaign brings Shields back to the Nunes Co. as a role model and icon of wellness, fitness and healthy lifestyles. These value attributes are at the core of everything the company stands for in their efforts to encourage ...

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