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Imports to Pick up on PEI Spuds, Tropical Fruits

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007Late summer in the U.S. means increasing imports of items ranging from Canadian potatoes to various tropical fruits from several countries.

Prince Edward Island Potato Shipments

Prince Edward Island potato shipments from Eastern Canada could be down slightly this year due to less yields and planted acreage.  Potato diggings typically start in late September.  For example, Garden Isle Farms, Albany, Prince Edward Island, expects to begin digging the week of September 26th.

PEI potato growers have about 89,000 acres of potatoes were planted this year, 500 less than in 2015.  PEI’s fresh-crop mix of russets, yellows, reds and whites should remain fairly steady, with the trend of fewer white potatoes continuing.  Harvest should begin in the last week of September, with russets following at the beginning of October,

Processing markets may take a little higher percentage of the crop this year, with about 30 percent going to the fresh market.  While some growers are looking at new yellow varieties, production still remains mostly russets.

Mango Imports

With Mexican imported mangos finishing the season within the next week or so, the focus will shift to Brazilian imported mangoes.  Boats of Brazilian fruit began arriving at U.S. ports in August and should continue until November, with the peak volume coming in mid- to late October.  Additionally imported mangoes are arriving from Ecuador and arrivals should hit record levels in late October or early November.

Pineapple Imports

Pineapples from Costa Rica face a normal production gap from mid-August to mid-September and it has been a so-so season due to weather factors.

Papaya Imports

Boat arrivals of golden papaya out of Brazil should experience increased volume by the second week of September.  There also are papaya imports from Guatemala.

Lime Imports

Imported limes are arriving from Mexico, Ecuador, Columbia and Guatemala.  Volumes are now increasing some, but are considered to be normal.



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Mango imports are Up this Season; Plus NW Cherries

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DSCN7938Mango imports are up significantly this season.  Plus, we take a final look at Northwest cherry shipments.

Brazil Mango Imports

The U.S., the National Mango Board (NMB) has released its latest update from Mexico and Brazil as of August 6, 2016 and reports volume arriving into the U.S. is up nearly one million boxes from last year.

Mango volume shipping the first week of August is about 2.6 million boxes.  During the same week last year, volume was around 1.7 million boxes.  These numbers brought the total mango volume to over 80,5 million boxes arriving mostly at U.S. ports.

The Brazilian mango shipping season runs from July through November, with a projected 8 million boxes forecast.

As of August 6, volume shipped from Brazil was 322,298 boxes for a total of 372,530 thus far this season.  This volume is up an approximate 84,242 boxes from last year at the same time.

Mexico Mango Imports

Additionally, the Mexican mango shipping season, which began in January and will run through October, is expected to provide the U.S. with about 66.5 million boxes of mangos.

At this point last year, volume from Mexico was composed of a total of over 64 millions boxes. This number is slightly lower this year, with a total of 63.1 million cartons.

Though the overall volume is lower as of right now, weekly imports are on the rise.  During the week of August 6 last year, volume arrived from Mexico was approximately 1.7 million.  This year, that number has significantly increased with volume arriving from Mexico on the same week at around 2.6 million boxes.

Cherry Shipments

Northwest cherry growers shipped nearly 21 million pounds of fruit this year.  Some are describing the crop as “vintage” and the “best eating” fruit in many years.

Due to the larger sized cherries, forecasters changed their estimates upwards.  On June 1, this year’s crop was estimated at 19.6 million boxes, but by August 4th, the last estimate of the season, it had risen to 20. 8 million boxes, thanks not only to bigger sizes but to less drop on some varieties.

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Big Volume Shipments are Ahead for Avocados and Mangoes

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IMG_5479+1Shipments of both avocado and mangoes are on the rise and will continue to increase as we get further into the year.

California avocado shipments are now providing steady loadings for produce truckers from both southern California and the San Joaquin Valley.   The California harvest is now exceeding 10 million pounds per week and will continue to increase through the spring.  Shipments are expected to peak in late June, and remain strong throughout 2016.  A significant dip in avocado shipments is not expected until after the Super Bowl, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston.
While California avocado shipments tend to be hauled to markets in the western half of the U.S., much of the avocado supply for U.S. markets is coming from Mexico, which tends to serve destinations in the eastern half of the U.S.  Mexican avocado shipments also are heavy this year, with the majority of imports crossing the border at McAllen, Tx.
Huron head lettuce and San Joaquin Valley citrus – grossing about $5600 to New York City.
Mango Imports

Mexican mango shipments imported to the USA were unseasonably low during March.  For the week ending on March 19, 1.2 million boxes arrived from Mexico, making it 4.8 million boxes for the season.  That is down from the same week in 2015, when 1.5 million boxes arrived and 5.9 million boxes had come in for the season.  However, mango imports are now on the rise and big volume supplies are crossing the border from Mexico, as well as arriving at US ports by boat from Guatemala.

Lower Rio Grande Valley citrus, Mexican mangos, tomatoes, vegetables – grossing about $2600 to Chicago.

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Loading Roundup: Michigan Apples, U.S. Potatoes, and Mango Imports

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059Here’s an update on the Michigan apple shipments, as well as U.S. potatoes, and mango imports from South America.

Michigan’s apple growers will harvest approximately 24 million bushels of apples this year for the 2015-16 shipping season.  In 2014, Michigan shipped 24 million bushels (1.008 billion pounds) of apples, after shipping a record crop of 30 million bushels in 2013.  In 2012 Michigan had only three million bushels, due to extreme weather conditions.

Apples are Michigan’s largest and most valuable fruit crop.   The state ranks third in national in apple shipments, behind Washington and New York.


It is estimated U.S. fall potato shipments for 2015-16 will be 404 million hundredweight, slightly higher than the 403.7 million loadings for the 2014-15 season….North Dakota potato loadings are expected to come in at 23.5 million cwt., down 1.6% from a year ago.
Mango Imports
Peak U.S. arrivals of mangos from Brazil are expected to begin arriving this week, while imports from Ecuador will be arriving late this year.
The Brazilian season, which started in August, is running a little lighter than last year’s crop, although it’s on par with volumes from previous seasons.  Total imports are expected to reach 6.7 million boxes by the time it wraps up in November.
Ecuador mango imports  should be delayed this season because of cool weather.  While shipments usually ramp up in October, sizable volumes could be delayed to as late as November.   Additionally, it is estimated cooler weather could cut yields by 20 to 25 percent.



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WA Apples being Dumped; Plus Updates From FL and Mexican Mangoes

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DSCN0447Here’s an update on Washington state apple shipments, as well as the new crop of Florida avocados, and Mexican mango imports.

While Florida is pretty darned quiet this time of year when it comes to hauling fresh produce, the new crop of avocados has just started being harvested.  Volume will gradually increase throughout the month before hitting stride in early July.  Shipments will continue into next March, or perhaps early April.  About 1 million bushels will be shipped, similar to the 1.17 million bushels hauled last season.

Mango  Shipments

This year’s mango volume has seen shipments of more than 4 million boxes weekly; an 18 percent increase compared to the largest week in 2014,

Volumes are expected to remain steady through the second quarter of 2015.  Mexican mango imports are expected to be 3 percent higher than 2013, which was a record-breaking year for Mexican mango imports.

The forecast is for about 36 million boxes of mangos to be imported during this year’s second quarter.

Imported Mexican mangos, melons and vegetables through McAllen, Tx – grossing about $3200 to Chicago.

Washington Apple  Shipments

Fruit transporters are dumping millions of pounds of apples across Washington, leaving them to rot under hot sun.  State officials call the dumps “historic.”  In Pateros, a hillside is covered with rows of Red Delicious apples.  Trucks pull up several times a day, unloading thousands of apples on top of sage brush and flowers.

Washington growers produced the highest volume of apples on record, plus labor disputes at Washington ports have left cargo sitting, sometimes for weeks.  The Washington State Tree Fruit Association estimates $95 million in lost sales due to apples that could not ship. Growers suffered further deficits from longer storage periods.

The Feds recently helped bail out the industry by purchasing millions of dollars of apples for school lunch programs.

Yakima Valley apples – grossing about $7000 to Miami.



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Mango, Watermelon Imports Should Increase by March

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HPmangosHere’s an outlook on loading opportunities for imported mangoes and watermelons for the next few months.

Cool weather has slowed watermelon shipments in Mexico crossing the border into the U.S., both at Nogales, AZ and South Texas until the middle of March.  The good news is Mexican watermelon shipments could be up 20 percent from last year by the last half of March.

Mango shipments could be light until March, when Mexico and Guatemala start shipping in volume.

Peruvian mango volumes were increasing on a limited basis in the second half of January.

At the same time Ecuadorian mango imports to the U.S.  should wind down by the end of January.  About 8.9 million boxes of Ecuadorian fruit had shipped to the U.S. as of January. 10th.

Peru is expected to ship about 8.9 million boxes to the U.S. this season   Through January 10th, about 1.6 million boxes of Peruvian fruit had been received, 21 percent less than was projected for that date.

Mexican mango exports should start arriving at American ports in mid-February and Guatemalan exports about a week later.

Peruvian mango imports will likely peak in early February at U.S. ports before tapering off.  Imported mango loading opportunities won’t likely return to seasonal norms until Mexico and Nicaragua ramp up in the middle of March.

Mexican mixed vegetables and melons crossing at Nogales, AZ – grossing about $4100 to Chicago.

Citrus, mixed vegetables, melons, mangos and tomatoes from South Texas and/or Mexico – grossing about $5200 to New York City.


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Michigan Apple Shipping Outlook; Plenty of Apple Loads Remain from Current Season

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GAtks0314 030Here’s an outlook for Michgian apple shipments that will start soon with the new season.  However, there are still plenty of apple loads remaining for the current season that started late last summer, particularly from Washington, New York, and Michigan.

Michigan apple shipments should be good this spring, despite a harsh winter.  Initial loadings are only a few weeks away.  However, the jury is still out on other fruit items ranging from blueberries, to cherries, grapes, plums, apricots and peaches,  The fate of these items and the amount of damage will depend largely on what Mother Nature has in store the next few weeks.

National Apple Shipments

Concerning the old apple crop, about 48 million bushels of U.S.-grown fresh-market apples had yet to be shipped as of April 1, three  less than last year at the same.  The April total was, however, eight percent higher than the five-year average.  Washington accounted for 41.7 million bushels of the U.S. total, Michigan 2.8 million bushels and New York 2.5 million bushels.

Michigan apples – grossing about $3400 to Dallas.

Washington state apples – grossing about $4000 to Chicago.

Mango Imports

Mango imports in 2013 compared to 2000 have increased  a whooping 236 percent from Peru.  Peru is now the second largest source for imported mangoes, representing 10 percdent of mango volume.   Another big importer is Ecuador, which also has seen a rise in imports to the U.S., with a 160 percent increase from 2000 and 21 percent over last year. Peru has seen the biggest jump, with a 53 percent increase over last year. As of mid-March, 12 million boxes had been shipped. The projection for the year is 10.9 million boxes.



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