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Shipping Updates: California’s Gold Nugget Madarins, Mexican Mangoes and U.S. Produce Exports, Imports

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The ugly, but tasty Gold Nugget mandarin shipments are underway, while an increase in imports of Mexican mangoes are seen…Finally, here’s a glimpse at American’s imports and exports of fresh produce.A4

Mandarin Shipments

Gold Nugget mandarins are now being shippe by Bee Sweet Citrus  of Fowler, CA.through March.

Gold Nuggets, which will be shipped through March, have a bumpy exterior with a bright orange easy-peel rind and a sweet flavor..

Gold Nuggets are every citrus lover’s dream,” director of communications Monique Bienvenue said in a press release. “Not only are have they been voted to be one of the best-tasting mandarin varieties by a professional taste panel, they’re also easy-to-peel and are virtually seedless.”

The fruit is good for snacking, for salads or even for marmalade.

Mexican Mango Imports

Mexican mango imports by the U.S. began arriving about a month ago with ataulfo variety, arriving from the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Michoacán.  The forecast calls for volumes and quality are going to be much better than last year out of Southern Mexico.  About 29 million boxes of mangoes will be shipped through the week of May 19, an increase of 5 percent from the same period in 2017. The Mexican mango shipments are expected to continue growing in volume, driven in large part by increasing production in the Los Mochis area in northern Sinaloa.

Produce Imports and Exports

U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable exports will increase from $7 billion in 2016 to $8.5 billion in 2027, a gain of 21.4 percent over 10 years.  A much faster increase is seen for imports of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Imports of fresh produce will climb from $19.2 billion in 2016 to $32.1 billion in 2027, a gain of 68.9 percent over a decade.

“Growing consumer incomes, coupled with a demand for a wide variety of food, drives increases in U.S. agricultural imports over the projection period,” the USDA said, noting that the 4 percent annual growth in horticultural imports is largely driven by active fresh fruit and vegetable sales.

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Fresh Produce Imports are Expected to Outpace exports

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DSCN3254+1With the USDA forecasting imports into the United States will exceed exports, that is good news for produce haulers.  Imported produce continues to grow, especially during the winter months.  U.S. ports, particularly in the Southeastern USA are handling more imported fresh perishables than ever.

The USDA is projecting stronger growth for U.S. imports of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fresh fruit imports in FY 2015 will total $10.3 billion, 8.9 percent higher than 2014 and 23 percent above fiscal year 2013.  Fresh vegetable imports are forecast at $7.1 billion in 2015, 7 percent above FY 2014 and 8 percent above fiscal year 2013. The top imported fresh commodity in 2014 was Mexican tomatoes at $1.6 billion, 1 percent  above 2013. U.S. imports of Mexican avocados surged in value in 2014, rising from $920 million to $1.23 billion.

U.S. imports of fruits and vegetables will continue to outpace exports.  U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable exports will reach $7.9 billion in fiscal year 2015.  Strong exports of fresh fruits and vegetables will help total U.S. horticultural exports reach record levels. At $7.9 billion, fresh fruit and vegetable exports for fiscal year 2015 (October 2014 through September 2015) are forecast 6.4 percent ahead of fiscal year 2014’s total of $7.42 billion.

The U.S. exported $600 million in fresh berries to Canada in FY 2014, representing the biggest commodity export value to any country.  U.S. berry exports to Canada were 2 percent down from 2013,  but 5 percent above 2012.  U.S. exports of lettuce to Canada topped $400 million, and both grapes and apples tallied more than $200 million in export sales to Canada.  The top export to Mexico was apples at $257 million, down about 25 percent compared with 2013.

Imports from distribution centers near South Florida ports – grossing about $2300 to Chicago.


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Per Capita Use of Fresh Vegetables in U.S. Shows a Decline

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DSCN3922New USDA estimates say U.S. per capita use of fresh vegetables dipped 5 percent in 2013 and imports claimed a record share of the total supply.

Preliminary numbers show per-capita use of fresh vegetables (excluding potatoes and melons) in the U.S. totaled 138.8 pounds in 2013, down 5 percent from 145.5 pounds in 2012 and off 5 percent from 146.8 pounds in 2000, according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service.  That preliminary number is the lowest per-capita use of fresh vegetables since 1998’s tally of 136.1 pounds.

Imports accounted for a record 27.3 percent of fresh vegetable use in the U.S. in 2013, up from 25.1 percent in 2012 and double the import share of 13.2 percent in 2000. U.S. vegetable exports accounted for 7.1 percent of the domestic supply, up from 7 percent in 2012, but down from 7.8 percent in 2000.

The report reflects a decline in most of the major fresh vegetables tracked in 2013 compared with the previous year, including tomatoes (-3 percent to 19.6 pounds), head lettuce (-12 percent to 12.5 pounds), carrots (-4 percent to 7.6 pounds), bell peppers (-10 percent to 10.3 pounds) and sweet corn (-4 percent to 7.4 pounds). Other less consumed vegetables also showed declines, including asparagus (-5 percent to 1.6 pounds) and snap/green beans (-5 percent to 1.7 pounds).

Fresh vegetables that showed stable per-capita use included cabbage (7.1 pounds) and cauliflower (1.2 pounds).

Fresh potato and broccoli per-capita use was higher in 2013, according to the USDA.

Broccoli rose 8 percent from 6.3 pounds in 2012 to 6.8 pounds in 2013, while potato per-capita use in 2013 rose 5 percent to 36.1 pounds.

The change in per-capita use doesn’t mean that much for a single year, said Desmond O’Rourke, president of Belrose Inc., Pullman, Wash.  Weather events and yield differences can create swings, he said. O’Rourke said USDA Agricultural Marketing Service shipment data shows 2013 vegetable volume was flat compared with 2012, though the USDA includes pumpkins in their total volume numbers for vegetables.

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