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California Avocado Shipments will Continue into September

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DSCN0815by Index Fresh

Riverside, C.A. — California avocado shipments are is well underway, with strong weeks occurring since March and promotable volumes ahead for the remainder of the season. Excellent quality has been driving strong demand as California Hass fills retailer shelves and enhances restaurant offerings.

The California harvest is estimated to be about a third complete, leaving Hass volume for the summer into September. Volume was available for strong shipments leading up to the key avocado holidays of Memorial Day and the 4th of July and will be good as well for Labor Day.  Index Fresh is excited about providing quality fruit and promotional support for these summer celebrations.

Index Fresh rolled out the first GEM program in mid-April with positive support from retail and growers. The GEM is a new variety with exciting visual, flavor and peelability attributes, that presents an opportunity to excite the consumer and expand the avocado category as a complement to Hass.

The 2018 California season is off to a strong start, with tremendous opportunity ahead for the rest of the year.


Index Fresh is a worldwide marketer of avocados, sourcing from all major growing regions around the globe, including California, Mexico, Peru, and Chile. Through its dedication to quality, consistency, and innovation, Index Fresh continues to be a leader in the industry. Over the years the company has earned its reputation for quality and integrity with an unwavering commitment to honesty, hard work, and providing outstanding results to their partners — growers and trade alike.

Headquartered in California, the company has facilities spread across Texas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Colorado, and Illinois. Early this year, Index Fresh also started operations at its new packing, bagging, and ripening facility in Pharr, TX.

California has avocados commercially produced by more than 2,000 growers in the golden state.


Southern California avocados – grossing about $8300 to New York City.

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NJ Blueberry, Peach Shipments Look Good; NW Pear Loadings to be Average

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DSCN0814New Jersey blueberry shipments are in good volume, while peach shipments have started in the last few days….Meanwhile, Northwest pear shipments should be the best in four years.

Blueberry shipments got underway in mid-June and will run through the end of July for Sunny Valley International Inc. of Glassboro, NJ.

In 2016, the most recent year where statistics are available, New Jersey’s 30 million pounds accounted for 12 percent of total domestic blueberry shipments. New Jersey’s share of the U.S. market was 20 percent of domestic production in June and 26 percent in July.

Fresh blueberry output in New Jersey accounts for about 80 to 85 percent of the crop, with the most of the production coming out of Atlantic and Burlington counties.

Long term acreage trends show 2016 harvested acreage of blueberries in New Jersey was 9,300 acres, down from 10,000 in 2015 and 9,300 acres in 2014.

NJ Peach Shipments

New Jersey peach shipments started this week and should have decent volume until the season ends in mid-September.

Peach shipments in 2016 came from 4,700 acres, according to the USDA, unchanged from 2016 and up 100 acres from 4,600 acres in 2014.

Peach shipments from New Jersey in 2016 totaled 5.2 million pounds, or about 1 percent of domestic peach shipments that year.  New Jersey’s share of the domestic peach market was less than 1 percent in July, 3 percent in August, and 2 percent in September.

Northwest Pear Shipments

Pacific Northwest pear shipments are expected to be average this season with 18.8 million, 44-pound boxes following lighter crops four years in a row.

Pear shipments hit a record 21.69 million boxes in 2013, but every year since then the yield has been much lighter.  Hot weather causing fruit drop and contributing to decay called cork is blamed for at least partially being responsible for the lighter crops.

The 18. 9 million-box estimate is just 58,345 boxes less than the five-year average of 18.9 million boxes. It is 18 percent bigger than the 2017 crop, which will soon finish at close to 15.9 million boxes.

The forecast will be updated in mid-August. Right now, the breakdown by growing district is: Wenatchee, 8.6 million boxes; Hood River, 7 million; Yakima, 2.4 million; and Medford, 751,200 boxes.

Harvest is forecast to start with Starkrimson in Hood River on Aug. 3 and will finish in late September or early October in higher elevations of Hood River and Leavenworth at the upper end of the Wenatchee Valley.

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Strong Volume is Underway for Rainier Cherries in Washington

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A38by Stemilt Growers

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Stemilt’s Rainier cherry shipments are rolling out of Washington State.  Volume was good for Fourth of July deliveries and a similar situation exists for the July 11th National Rainier Cherry Day celebration.

Stemilt has strong volumes of Rainier cherries in 2018, with conventional Rainiers even with last year’s volume and organic Rainiers up 50 percent. Organic Rainiers make up a small share of the overall Rainier crop.  According to Stemilt marketing director Roger Pepperl, Rainier size and quality for conventional and organic fruit is exceptional this season.

“The color is stunning on Rainiers this season with great size and that classic, overwhelming sweetness that shoppers seek out,” said Pepperl.

Stemilt’s Rainier cherries are in season for two months and with heaviest volume being for the weeks of June 25, July 2nd, and July 9th.

A Stemilt Fruit Tracker™ analysis of Nielsen scan data during the past three cherry seasons shows Rainier cherries account for nearly 13.5 percent of cherry category shipments on average in the U.S. during their three-week peak in late June to mid-July. Rainier shipments are highest in the Western region throughout the season, and especially in the peak weeks.

Organic Rainier cherries are a niche item, but one that Stemilt has grown with purpose for decades.

“The organic category is booming, and fruits and vegetables are leading that growth,” said Pepperl.

Decades ago, Stemilt led the industry in creating a market for Rainier cherries.  At the time, Rainiers were primarily pollenizers for Bing cherries, but emerging new sell-pollinating dark-sweet cherries reduced that need.  Stemilt founder Tom Mathison saw the potential for a second, and very sweet, cherry and began farming Rainiers on a large-scale. Today, West Mathison, Stemilt president and Tom’s grandson, guides the company in growing large, sweet, and dessert-flavored Rainier cherries.

About Stemilt

Stemilt Growers is a leading tree fruit growing, packing and shipping company based in Wenatchee, Washington. Owned and operated by the Mathison family, Stemilt is the leading shipper of sweet cherries and one of the nation’s largest suppliers of organic tree fruits.

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Clementine Exports from Chile are Expected to Increase

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A34Total clementine citrus exports from Chile in 2018 are estimated to be at 52,000 metric tons, up 27 percent from 41,000 metric tons in 2017, according to the Chilean Citrus Committee. This estimate for 2018 is about double the exports of 2014.

Additionally, exports of Chilean mandarins for 2018 have been projected at 100,000 metric tons, up 32 percent from 76,000 metric tons in 2017.  This year’s projected exports of mandarins are up more than three times 2014 exports of 30,000 metric tons.

Chilean clementines will be available primarily from mid-May to mid-August, while mandarins will be shipped from August to mid-November.

Growers in Chile expect an increase from northern growing areas, as an increase in rainfall in the past year and expanding acreage has boosted crop prospects by about 20 percent compared with 2017.

Heavier volume the first week of June is being followed by peak clementine volume in late June and early July.  Murcott mandarin volume will peak in late September and into to October.

Chile controls the biggest share of U.S. summer easy peeler imports, according to 2017 trade statistics.

The USDA reports U.S. imports of Chilean tangerines and mandarins totaled 109,752 metrics tons in 2017, compared with 49,442 metric tons from Peru, 17,010 metric tons from Uruguay and 10,762 metric tons from South Africa.

Chilean exports of clementines began the week of April 2, one week ahead of the 2017 season, with about 1,440 boxes (21,600 metric tons) of oronules destined for the U.S.

Through April 23, Chile had exported 89,358 boxes (1,427 metric tons), down 17 percent from the same date of 2017.

While Halos and Cuties may command 85 to 90 percent of the market in the winter, that percentage is considerably less in the summer months

Counting supply from South Africa, Chile, Uruguay and Peru, shipments of easy peelers to the U.S. have grown from 111,000 metric tons in 2015 to 141,0000 metric tons in 2016 and 183,000 metric tons in 2017.  For 2018, the combined volume from those Southern Hemisphere suppliers is projected at 230,000 metric tons.

Philadelphia is a primary port for receiving clementines from Chile.

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Thomas Jefferson and Some of His Best Quotes — Happy Independence Day

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Remember our veterans who protect our Homeland as we celebrate our independence. Very thankful for their sacrifices and bravery.

On this 242nd birthday of our beloved country, here are some quotes from one of our greatest presidents. Have a great 4th of July!

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743  at the family home in Shadwell in the Colony of Virginia, the third of 10 children. He was of English, and possibly Welsh, descent and was born a British subject. His father Peter Jefferson was a planter and surveyor who died when Jefferson was 14; his mother was Jane Randolph.

He was our 3rd president serving from 1801 – 1809.  Here are some of his best quotes.

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,

we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”


“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those  who

are willing to work and give to those who would not.”  


“It is incumbent on every generation  to pay its own debts as it goes.

A principle which if acted on, would save

one-half the wars of the world.”


“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the  labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them.”


“My reading of history convinces me that

most bad government  results from

too much government.”


“No free man shall ever be

debarred the use of arms.”


“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms  is,  as a last resort, to protect themselves  against tyranny in government.”


“The tree of liberty must  be refreshed from

time to time  with the  blood of patriots and tyrants.”


“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes,

the propagation of ideas which he  disbelieves  and abhors,

is  sinful and  tyrannical.”

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Hunt Points’ D’Arrigo Acquires Facility off of the Wholesale Market

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DSCN4979D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York, Inc., one of the nation’s largest wholesale produce distributors, has implemented a number of renovations and rebrands, plus a whole new side of business designed to take its operations to the next level.

Last January, the company purchased the John Georgallas Banana Distributors of New York, a company located just outside the Hunts Point Terminal Market and across the street.  Georgallas was a long time banana company.  Since the acquisition, D’Arrigo has been making major renovations of the facility.  There are currently 13 ripening rooms providing space on-site for both organic and conventional bananas.  Besides the ripening rooms for the bananas, there are two more rooms for plantains.

The changes are now allowing D’Arrigo  to accelerate the growth its tropical department which was launched several years ago.  With the acquired facility outside of the Hunts Point market, D’Arrigo now has more flexibility when handling product.  At the Hunts Point Terminal Market’s cooperative, vendors can only sell fresh fruits and vegetables, while with D’Arrigo’s new operation just outside of the Hunts Point market, it can sell other products such as teas, juices or packets.  D’Arrigo can now have the outside facility open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.   This move has changed D’Arrigo’s business model, allowing it to compete with other markets that have those capabilities.

D’Arrigo also has constructed new stalls in its wholesale facility, which was accomplished in phases.  This started with its fruit department and eventually included the company’s vegetable and other departments.  It resulted in the first major facelift in many years.

These renovations will result in the company having an additional 25,000 to 30,000 square feet of space.

The final stage of the construction will be coming this fall with the addition of new sales booths.  This construction will allow the company to become more efficient.

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Imported Avocados from Peru Kicks Off 2018 Season

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AA7by Peruvian Avocado Commission

Washington D.C. – The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) has kicked off it’s 2018 season with shipments expected to be arriving in the U.S. into September.

“Peru will export to the world 660 million pounds of avocados from the middle of April to mid-September, and 170 million pounds will come to the USA,” says Xavier Equihua, CEO and President of the Peruvian Avocado Commission.

Beginning in June and in celebration of World Avocado Month, Avocados From Peru is the exclusive sponsor of various exciting activations in Washington D.C. during the World Cup and MLB All Star Games. It’s been over 35 years since Peru qualified for the World Cup and 50 years since the MLB All Star Game was hosted in the nation’s capital. Avocados From Peru will be present on air (they play Denmark June 16th and France June 21st), desktop, mobile and apps.

“Given the increased supply of Peruvian avocados this season, we will be focusing many of our marketing tactics around retail trade activity alongside supreme consumer tactics,” said  Equihua.  “We will be offering various strategic co-marketing opportunities from which retailers can specifically tailor their preferred programs. On the consumer side, we will continue to showcase the nutritional benefits and versatility of Peruvian avocados.”

Avocados From Peru will be renewing their partnership with CBS Radio and bringing back the fan-favorite Avo-Dog to baseball fans attending Orioles baseball games over Father’s Day weekend this summer. Fans will be able to enjoy a free topping of Peruvian Avocado with the purchase of any food item during the game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

About the Peruvian Avocado Commission

The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was established in 2011 to increase the consumption/demand for Avocados from Peru through advertising, retail promotion and public relations. The PAC’s promotional activities are conducted under the guidelines of the federal promotion program for Hass avocados, which is under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Here’s a Preview of New York Apple Shipments Coming in Late Summer

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A5Following near perfect weather throughout New York state during the spring, apple growers and shippers are beaming with optimism for the upcoming shipping season.

New York apple shipments should get underway in late August or early September.

“Following last year’s below average apple crop and a normal winter, trees this spring responded with healthy and hearty buds that produced a fantastic bloom,” Kaari Stannard, president of New York Apple Sales Inc., of Glenmount, NY, said in a news release. Warm May weather was ideal for pollination, she said.

There also is a positive outlook for apple crops from  New York Apple Sales growers across the state.

“As of now, we are not seeing any skips or holes in the 2018 crop,” Jeff Crist, partner in Crist Bros. of  Walden, N.Y., said in the release. “We have a great opportunity with this crop, but as always we are cautiously optimistic.”

Jason Woodworth of Lamont Fruit Farms, of Waterport, N.Y., sees plenty of potential for this season’s crop of SweeTango apples.

“We are off to a great start with our SweeTango crop. We had an excellent return bud and bloom, and the conditions were fantastic,” Woodworth said in the release. “Because of our newer plantings and growing systems, we have the potential to produce the highest-color and best-sized SweeTango crop ever.”

New York Apple Sales is one of two New York companies authorized by Next Big Thing to market SweeTango apples in select markets.

Growers also describe a great start to the growing season for up-and-coming varieties such as Koru, EverCrisp, SnapDragon and RubyFrost, as well as for more established varieties like Honeycrisp, gala, fuji, mcintosh, cortland, empire, red and golden delicious.

New York is the second-largest apple producing state in the country. Only Washington State produces more apples than the Empire State. Perennially, Michigan ranks third; Pennsylvania and California round out the top five.

New York State apples are grown on about 41,000 acres, in six major production districts around the entire state:

  • Champlain Valley
  • Eastern Hudson Valley
  • Western Hudson Valley
  • Central
  • Lake Country
  • Niagara Frontier

(Source: USDA 2007 Agricultural Census)

Top 10 apple-growing counties are:

  • Wayne
  • Ulster
  • Orleans
  • Niagara
  • Clinton
  • Columbia
  • Monroe
  • Orange
  • Onondaga
  • Dutchess

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California Grape Shipments to be Big This Season; Washington Stone Fruit is Gearing Up

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DSCN0818California is expected one of its larger grape season shipping season on record. Meanwhile, Washington state stone fruit shipments are gearing up.

San Joaquin Valley grape shipments get underway in the southern district of Arvin next week and will have a significant growth in several newer table grape varieties and an overall increase in volume compared to a year ago.  It also is expected to be the second-largest California table grape shipping season in history.

 The 2018 crop estimate statewide that also includes the Coachella Valley is estimated at 115 million boxes [19-pound equivalent], up from last year’s 109 million boxes.  This increase will be coming from the San Joaquin Valley.  The record is 117.5 million boxes for the 2013 crop.

Although most of the volume increase in 2018 will be in Kern and Tulare counties, there are also more plantings in the Arvin district , which is traditionally the earliest district in the valley.

By contrast, volume is down in the Coachella Valley in California’s southern desert, where the season is coming to an end.  The 2018 estimate for the Coachella Valley is 4.5 million boxes, down from 5 million last year.  The Coachella season precedes the San Joaquin Valley season and corresponds to the timing of the Sonora, Mexico, grape deal.  Sonora and Coachella are often referred to, collectively, as desert grapes (although sometime, in the California context, the term is used in reference to Coachella only).

Sonora grape growers are estimating a harvest this year of 16 million boxes, down from 21 million last year.  A smooth transition from the Sonora and Coachella seasons into the early San Joaquin deal is expected.  Coachella and Sonora are roughly about 20 percent less than what they were last year.

Washington Stone Fruit Shipments

Early season stone fruit shipments start in July and will peak in volume from mid-August to late September.  About one-half Washington state stone fruit acreage in now planted organic and by the end of 2018 it will be over two-thirds organic.

Washington peaches, nectarines, apricots and Italian prunes are expected to be similar in volume to 2017.

In 2017, Washington’s 400 stone fruit growers harvested 8,400 tons of peaches, which is an average size crop.  Nectarines had 7,000 tons, while apricots came in with 6,600 tons, trending upward from previous years.

Peach and nectarine shipments start in July and peaking in August and September. Apricots started in June and go through July, with some extending into August. Prune shipments occur during July and August.


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Idaho Potato Bowl is Scheduled for December 21st

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A31EAGLE, Idaho – The top teams from the Mountain West and Mid-American Conferences will go head to head on Friday, December 21st at the 22nd Annual Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl (FIPB).

Kickoff is 2:00 p.m. MST/4:00 p.m. EST on the blue turf at Boise State University’s Albertsons Stadium; it will air live on ESPN.  At the 2017 FIPB the Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West Conference), defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American Conference), 37-14.  More than two million fans nationwide watched it live on ESPN, along with NFL recruiters who kept a sharp eye on the game.

Wyoming’s quarterback Josh Allen was the Buffalo Bill’s first round pick, and seventh overall draft pick. Additionally, four other FIPB alum were recruited by the NFL this spring. The FIPB has a history of producing top athletes including:

  • Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (Boston College)
  • Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (Western Michigan University)
  • Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco 49ers (University of Wyoming)
  • Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (Central Michigan)

2018 marks the eighth year the IPC has been the naming sponsor of the premier cold-weather college football bowl game. “Pairing America’s favorite potato with one of America’s favorite sports has proven to be very effective,” explained Frank Muir, President & CEO, IPC. “The brand awareness this bowl game generates among our target audience across the country is enormous. And, that’s extremely important because it helps increase demand for Idaho® potatoes, the state’s most important agricultural crop. The potato industry generates more than $4.5 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 30,000 people.” The Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl is one of 35 bowl games ESPN will televise over 17 days. The Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. Tickets go on sale to the general public in September through or the Bronco Stadium ticket office at (208) 426-4737. For premium ticket packages and sponsorship information contact the Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl office at (208) 424-1011.

About The Idaho Potato Commission

Established in 1937, the IPC is a state agency responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered certification mark that assures consumers are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation, and rich volcanic soil give Idaho® potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance, which differentiates them from potatoes grown in other states.

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