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CA Citrus Shipments are Looking Good; Fewer U.S. Apples Remain for Hauling

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A21Eighty percent of the nation’s domestic citrus shipments originate from California and loadings this season look favorable despite more than a month of triple digit heat.  Meanwhile, a look at apple shipments in the United States reveal a double digit drop in remaining volume compared to last season.

The state has a $3.3 billion industry with over 3,000 growers farming about 320,000 acres of citrus.

Technically, the California citrus season starts each year at the beginning of October with production and lemon shipments coming out of the Imperial County.  The harvest then gradually moves north to the San Joaquin Valley for mandarins and navels.  This year’s crop faced 34 consecutive of temperatures well above 100 degrees.  This caused citrus trees to kind of shut down, which is expected to result in fruit with a lot more smaller sizes that a year ago.  Still, the industry generally believes overall quality will be good.  An upside of the hot weather should be better flavor.

California citrus – grossing about $7100 to New York City.

Apple Shipments

U.S. fresh apples remaining for the 2018-19 shipping season are down 14 percent compared to a year ago.  The U.S. Apple Association reports as of November 1st there were 155.5 million cartons remaining in storages.  The amount of apple shipments remaining are 11 percent less compared to the five-year average of 130.3 million cartons.

Total Honeycrisp fresh apples still in storage as of  November 1st were 11.15 million cartons, up 6 percent from 10.56 million cartons last year and 58 percent higher than two years ago, when 7.06 million cartons of Honeycrisp were in storage.

At the same time, fresh market gala apples remaining in storage totaled 24.4 million cartons, down from 15 pecent at 28.6 million cartons last year and off 6 pecent from two years ago. Fresh market red delicious holdings were 27.6 million cartons on November 1, down 19 percent from 34.1 million cartons a year ago and 29 percent less than holdings of 39 million cartons two years ago.

 

 

 

 

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Good Volume with Peruvian Asparagas and Chilean Avocados; Washington Organic Apples to Have Big Increase

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DSCN0832Imported Asparagus from Peru and imported avocados from Chile should have good volume this season, while a big increase is seen for Washington state organic apples.

Peru has year-round asparagus production, but peak imports by the U.S. is October through December.

Imports from Peru will be increase as competing countries producing asparagus complete their seasons.  Domestic production  from New Jersey and Michigan will end in another week, resulting in demand for Peruvian asparagus, which will continue to improve and should remain steady through the end of the year.

Peru accounted for about half of all U.S. asparagus imports in 2017, compared with 47 percent from Mexico. Peru exports asparagus to the U.S. year-round, with peak shipments from September through December.

Both Crystal Valley Foods of Miami and Carb Americas of Fort Lauderdale noted last summer most asparagus was being sourced New Jersey, Canada, Michigan, Washington and Mexico.  With the arrival of fall, U.S. importers are turning to Peru for supplies.

Chilean Avocados

While it may be too early to predict how many imported avocados from Chile will occur,  volume is expected to by up slightly from the 66 million pounds a year ago.  The first Chilean avocados arrived a couple of weeks in the U.S.  Consistent, steady imports of Chilean avocados are expected into the early spring of 2019.

Washington Organic Apples

A 40 percent increase in organic apples from Washington states is expected this season.  Volume is predicted to reach nearly 19 million bushels.  Organic apple shipments from Washington have been setting records the las several years.  The previous record was a little over 13 million boxes.

The first estimates last August predicted total Washington apple shipments of around 131 million 40-pound boxes for the 2018 season, a 2 percent decrease in volume from last year.  This should result in the third or fourth largest Washington apple crop on record.

Washington apples shipments – grossing about $4800 to Dallas.

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Apple Shipments to be Near Last Season’s Volume; Frontera Produce Celebrates 25 Years

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A95Plenty of loading opportunities for apples will be available this season as another large crop is predicted for the new season just getting underway….Meanwhile Frontera Produce Ltd. is celebrating a quarter century of shipping.

Apple shipments for the U.S.  2018-19 season are estimated at 11.5 billion pounds, up less than 1 percent compared with last year.

In its August 10 apple crop report, the USDA forecast Washington state apple shipments at 7.2 billion pounds, down 4 percent from 7.5 billion pounds a year ago.

“In Washington, apple harvest is expected to be of average quality this year,” according to the USDA. “There are some concerns about the hot weather that the crop has been facing so far this year, but producers are prepared to protect the crop from sun damage and have enough water to keep the crop irrigated.”

The USDA reported some New York growers had frost damage during bloom in isolated areas of the state.  New York production was rated at 1.3 billion pounds, unchanged from a year ago.

Meanwhile, the USDA said a large crop with good sizing is anticipated by growers in Michigan, with forecast production of 1.175 billion pounds, up 40 percent from 840 million pounds in 2017.

A small crop last year led to a heavy bloom this spring in most Michigan growing regions.

State apple forecasts for this season, in millions of pounds (and last year’s production):
California — 225 (260)
Michigan — 1,175 (840)
New York — 1,300 (same)
North Carolina — 100 (115)
Oregon — 175 (155)
Pennsylvania — 528 (504)
Virginia — 225 (220)
Washington — 7,500 (7,200)
West Virginia — 102 (110)
United States — 11,406 (11,452)

Fronteria Produce

Frontera Produce Ltd. of Edinburg, Texas, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year as the company continues to add more products to its lineup.

The shipper recently partnered with Continental Fresh LLC, Miami, to offer year-round supplies of mangoes and limes.  The new partnership adds to Frontera’s Mexican and Peruvian grower relationships by bringing in product from Brazil and Ecuador.

“Moving into the next 25 years, Frontera will continue to advance our business by leaning on our core principle values of integrity, transparency, and excellent communication, that have taken us this far,” says Amy Gates, Vice President of Frontera Produce.

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KORU Apples Arriving at U.S. Ports for Distribution

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A26by 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, or about 7.2 million pounds of KORU® Apples.

Andy McGrath, Variety Manager, says, “Being a new apple variety, many of the orchards have not yet reached maturity, so you can expect the volume of KORU® Apples to increase significantly over the next several years as these orchards come into full production. Also, USA plantings will produce good volumes from 2020, making KORU® an all-year-round apple.”

It’s a natural cross between Braeburn and Fuji, and is incredibly crisp, sweet and naturally delicious.

KORU® Apples have a unique orange/red coloring over a yellow background.

With a two-hemisphere production, KORU® growers provide you with the freshest apple possible. Coast to Coast Growers Coop in the USA joined the KORU® team in 2013 with growing regions in Washington State and New York State. New Zealand grown KORU® Apples are picked in March and sold in USA markets from May to September, followed by USA grown KORU® Apples picked in October and sold in USA markets from October to April. Andy McGrath assures consumers that, “Although KORU® Apples store extremely well, the two-hemisphere production means you won’t find a KORU® Apple in the markets over six months from its picking date.”

KORU® apples from New Zealand are sold exclusively in the US by three premier sales organizations. Chelan Fresh-Chelan, WA, Oneonta Star Ranch-Wenatchee, WA, and New York Apple Sales-Glenmont, NY.

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Shipping Updates for Springtime Strawberries, Avocados and Apples

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DSCN0444Here are updates on strawberry, avocado and apple shipments.

As of April 7th California strawberry shipments had totaled around 17.5 million trays, which is over 3 million fewer trays than at the same time in 2017.  Likewise, at the same time two years ago  27.4 million trays of strawberries had been shipped.  Factors ranging from heavy rains to cold weather have been blamed for the lighter volume thus far this season.  Assuming improved growing conditions are ahead with the arrival of spring, California shipments are expected to increase soon to over 5 million trays per week and eventually exceed 8 million trays on a weekly basis.

Ventura County strawberries and vegetables – grossing about $7500 to New York City.

Avocado Shipments

If estimates hold about 60 million pounds of avocados will be shipped weekly during the month of April  Over 80 percent of the volume will be imports from Mexico.  With this kind of volume, avocado shipments leading up to Cinco de Mayo (May 5) will comparable to those weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.  The “Big Game” last February resulted in  200 million pounds of the fruit shipped in the four weeks leading up to the football game.

Mexican is in it second half of the season for shipping avocados.  More No. 2 product, is typically shipped this time of the season, but no significant quality issues are being reported.. California’s new season is well underway.

Mexican avocado and vegetables crossing through South Texas – grossing about $5800 to New York City.

Apple Shipments

Significantly more apples remain in U.S. storages as of early April than at this time a year ago.  About 61.3 million (42-pound) cartons of fresh apples were stored as of  April 1st, up 16 percent from 2017 when there were 53.1 million cartons remaining to be shipped, which is 18 percent greater than the five-year average of 51.8 million cartons.

Gala apples remaining is storage were 10.76 million cartons, up 11 percent from 9.6 million cartons in 2017 and 62 percent greater than 6.67 million cartons in 2016.

Fresh Honeycrisp available was at 3.38 million cartons, more than double the 1.45 million cartons in 2017 and 1.61 million cartons on hand two years ago.

Red delicious remaining to be shipped  were pegged at 15.65 million cartons, down 23 pecent compared with 20.2 million cartons in 2017 and up 7 percent from 14.6 million cartons two years ago.

Granny smith apples available were 10.1 million cartons, more than double the 4.8 million cartons in 2017 and 13 percent higher than 7.8 million cartons two years ago.

Yakima Valley apples – grossing about $6700 to New York City.

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First Chilean Fruits at Port of L.A.; Plentiful U.S. Apple Shipments are Seen This Year

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L.A. is now receiving imported Chilean fruit….U.S. apple shipments are cranking up with the New Year.DSCN0303

The port of Los Angeles received its first breakbulk vessel shipment of Chilean summer fruit just before Christmas.

The ship unloaded 227,000 boxes of fresh cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and table grapes on December 22.  The fruit was primarily delivered by truck to North American markets west of the Rockies, from Southern California to Vancouver, British Columbia, and reaching into West Texas.

The Chilean fresh fruit import season usually runs from December to April.  Last season, the port handled more than 82,000 metric tons of Chilean fresh fruit, which accounts for nearly 20 percent of all fruits and vegetables imported through Los Angeles.

U.S. Apple Shipments

There will be plenty of apple shipments in 2018, although U.S. volume will not be setting any records, according to a report from the U.S. Apple Association, based in Vienna, VA.

National apple volume, projected by the USDA in 2017, was for 248.7 million bushels, which would be below the record shipments of 281.3 million in 2014 and 268.4 million in 2016.  The 2016 crop was the fourth-largest of all-time.

When the USDA’s estimated 2017 crop of 248.7 million bushels is included, the five-year rolling average of annual apple production stands at 257 million bushels, which is more than 2 million bushels greater than the previous record 5-year average of 255 million bushels in the period from 1994-98.

Washington led U.S. apple shipments with an estimate of 142.3 million bushels designated for the fresh market, according to USDA.  New York was next, at 28 million, and Michigan, third, at 20.3 million.

A year ago, Michigan was No. 2-ranked in production, behind Washington, with 28 million boxes.

Washington state is shipping about 2500 truckload equivalents per week, while New York and Michigan are shipping around 150 truck equivalents of apples weekly.

Apples from the Yakima Valley and Wenatchee Valley of Washington – grossing about $8000 to New York City.

 

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Apple Shipments Strong, Plus Mexican Avocados and Vietnam Mango Imports

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DSCN0188A look at the three leading apple shipping states; Mexican avocado imports; and the approval of imported mangoes from Vietnam.

U.S. Apple Shipments

Christmas apple shipments are always big in the U.S. and vast amount of loading are coming out of Washington’s Yakima and Wenachee Valleys.  Washington state is shipping around 3500 truck load equivalents of apples a week!  A distant second is the state of New York, which is moving about 250 trucks weekly, led by the Hudson Valley, although there are  probably a half dozen production areas spread across the state.  In Michigan, mostly from the western part of the state centered around Grand Rapids, about 225 truck loads of fruit is being shipped each week.

Washington apples – grossing about $8000 to New York City.

Mexican Avocados

Hass avocado volume from Mexico is forecast at 1.8 million to 1.9 million metric tons, up from 1.7 million metric tons in 2016-17.  Nearly 80 percent of all Mexican avocadoes are exported to the U.S., though shipments to Canada, Japan and European countries have risen in recent years.

Mexican exports of avocados should hit nearly 1 million metric tons (95 million 23-pound cartons) in 2017-18, up 15 percent from 873,963 metric tons (83.5 million cartons) in 2016-17.  Mexican avocado plantings increased 7.3 percent in 2016-17 to 544,457 acres, and another increase is predicted for 2017-18.

The Mexican state of Michoacan is the world leader in avocado production and accounts for 80 percent of all the country’s avocado production.

Mexican produce crossing the South Texas border – grossing about $4700 to New York City.

Vietnam Mango Imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations to allow the importation of fresh mango fruit from Vietnam into the continental United States.  After analyzing the potential plant pest risks, APHIS scientists determined that mangos from Vietnam can be safely imported.

The final rule was published in the Federal Register on November 29th, and will become effective 30 days after publication, or on December 29th.

 

 

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U.S. Pumpkin Shipments are Strong this Fall: Honeybear Pazazz Apple Shipping Period to Double

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DSCN0085Pumpkin shipments in the U.S. should equal or exceed the volume of a year ago, thanks to a bountiful harvest, favorable growing conditions in the six states that account for 50 percent of the pumpkins in the nation….Also, Honeybear Pazazz apple shipments will increase substantially this season.

Last year 1.6 billion pounds of pumpkins were shipped.  Some observers believe this year’s U.S. pumpkin totals by the end of the season could be one of the best on record.

Decorative pumpkins such as jack-o-lanterns or pumpkin pie filling and yogurt remain popular.  However, it is the new and different uses of pumpkins such as liquid coffee, cereal and dog food where demand is really soar.

Libby’s supplies nearly 80 percent of U.S canned pumpkins.  Libby’s is a unit of Nestle SA, which is also the parent company of Nestle Purina Petcare, the world’s No. 2 pet food manufacturer.  Pets apparently love pumpkins, plus there is antioxidant-like benefits and dietary fiber content. Purina uses real pumpkins to accent its cat and dog food recipes year round.

Dog food sales with pumpkin flavors soared to $41.9 million for the 52-week period ending July 29, compared with $925,288 during a similar period in 2013.

The liquor market for pumpkins, including pumpkin-flavored craft beers, has declined in recent years with ever changing millennials switching to other flavors.

Pazazz Apples

 The Pazazz premium apple variety, now in its fourth year of commercial introduction by Honeybear Brands, ships early November to many markets and will be available at retail until early April while supplies last.

With its largest volume ever, Pazazz should be available for five to six months this year instead of the usual three.

Pazazz will also be available in 50-75 percent more retail markets than previous years as the crop reaches full maturity.

Retailers include Wegmans in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maryland; Loblaws in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec; Publix in all stores and all markets; all Hy-Vee in Iowa as well as Kansas City and Minnesota; Meijer in Illinois Michigan and Ohio; Kroger in Kentucky, Central Indiana, Michigan, Eastern Illinois and Texas; Ralphs in California; QFC in Oregon and Washington; and United Supermarkets in Texas and New Mexico. Additional markets and stores may be added in the coming weeks and months.

Honeybear, based in Brewster, WA,  is a leading grower and developer of premium apple varieties. The company started as Wescott Agri Products, a family run apple orchard in the early 1970s. From that early start several generations ago, Honeybear still employs the same hands-on, personal attention to apple varieties produced through the Honeybear Apple Varietal Development Program. Honeybear is the leading grower of Honeycrisp in the Northwest and offers complete domestic and global apply supply integration from varietal development to growing, packing, shipping and retailer support.

 

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Port Everglades Sets a Containerized Cargo Record; WA Apples Shipments Slow out of the Gate

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DSCN0001Fresh fruits and vegetables play a big role in the record setting containerized cargo arrivals at Port Everglades… Meanwhile, Washington apple loadings are down compared to September of last year.

By Port Everglades

Fresh produce imports played a major role in Port Everglades (Fla.), setting a record for containerized cargo volumes with 1.077 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in fiscal year 2017.

That’s a 4 percent increase compared to the previous fiscal year totals and 1.5 percent over the previous record, set in fiscal year 2015. The port’s fiscal year ended September 30th, according to a news release.

“The volumes of refrigerated produce coming into Florida through Port Everglades from Central America is significant,” Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steve Cernak said.  “It represents more than half of all perishable cargo that arrives in Florida by ocean.”

Apparel, tile, beverages, machinery and automobile parts are also significant categories imported through the port.

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Apple Shipments

Apple shipments, as well as volumes and sales were off this season at retail compared to a year ago in September due to a harvest gap, according to data compiled from Nielsen Fresh Facts.

Washington state apples had a record early harvest start last year, and started about 10 days later than normal this year, causing the lag at retail. according to a news release from Stemilt Growes, based in Wenatchee WA.

Volume, sales and shipments should pick up soon as harvests conclude and retailers have big enough supplies to offer ad specials on apples.

Apples were 5.9 percent of total produce department sales in September, compared with 6.5 percent  last year.

Gala, red delicious, fuji, Honeycrisp and granny smith were the top five varieties, and club variety Sweetango cracked the top 10.

The average September retail price for all varieties was $1.66, and nearly 66 percent of sales were in bulk.  Two-thirds of bagged apple sales in September were 3-pound bags.

Sizing is smaller on apples than in 2016.

Washington apple shipments – grossing about $5000 to Chicago.

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A Fall Shipping Update from Several Key U.S. Produce Areas

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DSCN4898In typical fall fashion here are some of the better loading opportunities from four important produce U.S. shipping states.

Washington:

While apple shipments may not set a record this season, plenty will be available for hauling as another big crop is forecast.  Last season harvest was so huge, believe it or not, some shippers are still loading “old” apples from last season.  That’s okay, if your receiver is aware of it.  Just make sure they know what is being loaded.  Nearly 1800 truckload equivalents of apples are being loaded weekly primarily from the Yakima and Wenatchee valleys.  Around 400 truckload equivalents of Washington pears are being shipped as well, with the best volume yet to come.

Idaho and Oregon

Another big crop of Idaho potatoes will be shipped between now and late next summer.  Nearly 1600 truckload equivalents of primarily russet potatoes are being loaded weekly from the four primarily Idaho shipping areas lead by the Idaho Falls area.

Western Idaho and Malhuer County Oregon are shipping over 600 truckloads on storage onions per week.   Last winter a number of onion storage sheds and other buildings were heavily damaged in Nyssa and Ontario, Oregon due to two separate winter storms, but adequate facilities appear to be in place for the new shipping season.

South Texas Produce Shipments

Literally dozens of tropical fruits and vegetables are crossing the border from Mexico at Pharr, Texas, but a majority of the are in light volume at this point.  Vine ripe tomatoes are perhaps providing the heaviest volume with about 500 truckloads per week.  Limes may be among the heavier volume tropical fruits with nearly 350 truckloads weekly.

Many Mexican items are just getting underway and in the coming weeks will provide better hauling opportunities ranging from strawberries to raspberries, honeydew, papayas and pineapples among others.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley grapefruit harvest is barely underway with good volume arriving in November.

 

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