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Shipping Updates: Imported Mexican Produce Crossings in Arizona, Texas

Dozens of different types of produce items, led by vegetables, represent crossings at the Mexican border into Nogales, AZ, as well as into the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  While produce haulers are feasting on higher freight rates, produce shippers are hoping freight costs will subside soon. Last week rates on Mexican produce coming through Nogales were higher for some destinations with driver and equipment shortages reported.  For example rates from Nogales to Los Angeles were generally ranging from$1,800 to ...

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Columbian Imports by U.S. Imports are Approved; Early Season Chilean Fruits are Now Arriving

Columbian imported avocados are being introduced to the United States...Meanwhile, it is springtime in Chile and it's that time of the year for arrivals of Chilean grapes and well as other fruits. Last August the USDA approved hass avocados imports by the U.S. from Colombia.  It won't be heavy volume for sure but observers see slow, but steady increases in 2018.  Colombian agriculture officials said in a news release that hass exports will start this month from a farm near Antioquia, ...

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Costa Rica is Expecting Another Increase in Produce Exports

By Procomer Building on several years of increasing produce exports, Costa Rica foresees a strong 2018 as exporters continue to offer an increasingly diverse supply of produce items as well as the capacity to meet new regulatory requirements. Statistics thru October 2017 (the latest officially available) show Costa Rica exported close to US$2.4 billion in agricultural exports to the world, a growth of 4% compared to the same period in 2016. The United States remains the main destination country with US$1.09 billion ...

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Latest Shipping Estimate for Florida Citrus Remains Unchanged; Vidalia Onions

The USDA  sees in it latest estimate Florida citrus remaining on schedule to ship 46 million boxes this season....Meanwhile Vidalia onions are in the ground for the season starting in April. That estimate is a 33 percent plunge from the 2016-17 shipping season, but is unchanged from the December estimate, a first for this season. The Florida citrus industry took a hammering from Hurricane Irma, which stripped fruit from trees and also stressed many to the point that growers expected increased fruit ...

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The Four Hottest Specialty Produce Trends of 2017

by Carol Bareuther, PerishableNews.com Seasonal fruits, emerging specialty vegetables, convenience or pre-cooked ingredients and chile peppers are the four hottest produce trends in 2017, according to Robert Schueller, director of public relations at Melissa's World Variety Produce, a specialty produce purveyor based in Los Angeles.  Schueller should know. He's 20-plus year industry veteran and Melissa's is the leading distributor of more than 1,200 specialty and organic produce products in the United States, selling nationwide and to the top 20 U.S. retailers.  ...

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Truck Rates for Produce are Definately Higher This Year

The New Year started off with good news for owner operators and small fleet owners, but had those in the produce industry anguishing over the cost of transportation rates. A few coast-to-coast rates out of California actually topped $10,000 with the beginning of January.  Produce rates have soared as much as 30 percent from some shipping areas.  It has caused some int he produce industry to consider rail service, something they seldom think of when rates are more in line. Depending on ...

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Chilean Blueberry Exporters Set Export Record; U.S. Receives More than Half of Volume

By Chilean Fruit Exporters Association SANTIAGO, CHILE -- Chile's blueberry exporters have achieved the highest weekly export figure in the history of the sector in the country, having shipped some 11,575 tons of fruit during week 51. With 45% of the 2017-18 campaign now completed, a total of around 46,000 tons of Chilean blueberries have been exported over the season as a whole, during which time producers and exporters have benefited from favorable climatic conditions. According to the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association's Blueberry ...

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Institutions of Higher Learning Should Know the Importance of Free Speech

By Larry Oscar It is interesting to observe how many family traditions creep into our lives over the years. Just about everybody has some favorite tradition for the holidays. Traditions are a part of our life that get ingrained into our very being. Some people just cannot get through the holiday season without traditions. I wonder why that is? We have some national traditions that go back to the founding of our country. Traditions that are ingrained into the very fabric of ...

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