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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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US onions see significant spike in pricing

Domestic onion prices seem to be on the rise despite a traditionally quiet season.“The overall market has everything available but prices are just high,” says John Harris of Fort Collins, Co.-based Paradigm Fresh. High is almost as much as 50 per cent of this time last year with white onions going for.....

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Strong demand for California’s Valencia oranges

Demand for the “summer” orange also known as Valencias has stayed strong into early fall. “This has been the strongest Valencia season to date of a non-freeze year,” says Joan Wickham of Valencia, Ca.-based Sunkist Growers. “The short Navel crop this year bolstered the season, with an early and smooth.....

Central American growing season wraps up

US demand for mangosteen strengthens

The short Central American mangosteen season has just about finished for the year. Most importers sourcing their fruit from this region have now sold out of the product. The focus is now on shipping their remaining stock to customers who will have to wait until next summer to get new stock from Central.....

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Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico

The hurricane has weakened in intensity to a category 4, however still is extremely dangerous. The wind speeds can reach 155mph (250 km/h), according to the US National Hurricane Center. Maria made landfall Wednesday local time, in the south of Puerto Rico. It has been 85 years, since a storm like this has hit.....

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Mexico struck by another 7.1 magnitude earthquake

Another earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon with a 7.1 magnitude at a depth of approximately 50 kilometers. The epicenter was about 5 km from Raboso, Puebla. This is about 100 miles away, which means approximately 160 kilometers from Mexico city. It caused heavy and prolonged shaking in the capital.....

2017 California prune harvest returns to typical levels

The 2017 California prune harvest is projected to reach 105,000 tons (95,254 metric tonnes), according to forecasts by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The projected harvest will yield a 99-percent increase over the unusually light 2016.....

"almost all have lost some and some have lost all"

Irma: Florida's nursery and landscape industry suffers significant loss

As Hurricane Irma ripped through the state, Florida's plant and tree nurseries suffered significant structural damages and expect sizeable crop losses. Florida’s nursery and landscape industry generates $21 billion in total output sales and provides jobs for more than 232,000 people. Of the $21 billion,.....

Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers expands organic marketing staff

To keep pace with its expanding product line and volume increases, Wenatchee, WA-based Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers has expanded its staff in two key areas.Joining the company as Organic Category Manager earlier in the season, Dan Davis brings a strong background in organic Washington tree fruit farming. And.....

Trish Lovell joins Curry & Company as Executive Director of Sales

Curry & Company is proud to announce the return of Trish Lovell to their management team. As Executive Director of Sales, Trish will lead the company’s Vegetable division based in Brooks, Oregon. Lovell will provide strategic leadership and future direction of conventional and organic onion and potato.....

Dole Foods lays off 400 more berry workers in California

Westlake Village-based Dole Food continues to downsize its California berry operations with a layoff of more than 400 workers in Watsonville.The company submitted a notice to the California Employment Development Department at the end of August stating that the employees would be laid off effective Oct. 28......


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Spain: "In the past, September was our best month"

The Iwasaki, Okitsu and Marisol mandarin campaign has already started for the Valencian producer and exporter José Manuel Pardo."Sales are smooth, although prices are tight. European supermarket chains have started making their orders earlier and there is already demand from the Baltic countries. Sales in the.....

Spain: 25% increase in sales of dates expected

The consumption of dates in Spain is linked to tradition and the product is increasingly demanded because of the strong influence of other cultures. Sales this year are expected to be higher than in previous years. "This year, we expect to sell 25% more than last year," states Salvador Escutia, of Fruit.....

Jorge Garcia Monfort, Garcia Ballester:

“Chinese market has great potential for Spanish citrus”

Garcia Ballester has been active in the production and trade of citrus for more than 110 years. The Spanish company has its main branch in Burriana (Castellón), and markets about 80 million kilograms of citrus every year, 90 per cent of which is meant for export markets.Besides Europe, overseas markets are.....

Canada now accepting kiwis and plums

Canada has accepted the Italian phytosanitary protocol, so kiwis can now be sold on the market without any problems. Last year, the lack of an agreement had caused a few issues. In particular, the question concernedLobesia botrana which, although specific to table grapes, might in theory affect kiwis as.....

GoGlobal UK office aids European expansion with better communication

Hoping to expand operations, GoGlobal opened an office in the UK just over a year ago, which has allowed them to have a face and a voice in Europe. The office has played a significant role to help expand the companies reach into the UK and Europe.“We are constantly building our international network and having.....

Italy: Apofruit widens its Solarelli seedless grape range

The global grape market is increasingly requiring seedless varieties thereforeApofruit, a cooperative specialising in the production of high-quality produce, is introducing new "seedless" varieties.Thanks to its over 4,000 partners, it's widening its high-qualitySolarellirange to include white, black and red.....

Spanish veg producer cuts 400 jobs using robots

Spanish farm produce supplier El Dulze has reduced its human workforce from 500 down to just 100 with the use of robots.The company is said to be using Fanuc robots – LR Mate 200iB models – which use vision systems to even out the production line so the vegetables are not bunched up too close together for.....

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Australian passionfruit enter planting season, slightly down on numbers

A Sunshine Coast passionfruit grower expects quality to remain high heading into Christmas, even if volumes are down on last year.The co-owner of Vines with a View, at the base of Mount Beerwah in the Glass House Mountains has found passionfruit supply reduces considerably at this time of year as the new.....

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Acreage reduction brings better prices for Oregon potato growers

The spring weather may not have been ideal, but Tony Amstad is still pleasantly surprised with the size and quality of his early-season potatoes.While an abundance of rain and snow pushed back planting by about a week in March, Amstad says the delay doesn’t seem to be affecting his fresh market crop. Harvest.....

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Hurricane Irma challenges Florida grocery pipeline

Kroger launches Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan

Study: Dissatisfaction with online grocery shopping increasingA recent study from Morgan Stanley shows that the percentage of shoppers who tried online grocery shopping and were dissatisfied grew from 17% last year to 27% this year, according to Quartz. The study also found that 84% of those surveyed preferred.....


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