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Better 2021 season anticipated for Northwest cherries

Northwest cherry supplies look to be up this season. The 2021 Northwest crop estimate puts cherries at 23.7 million boxes, up 3 million from last year and looking more like the 2019 crop. “June will be a slow start but overall, the Northwest will ship more than last June,” says Catherine Gipe-Stewart of…

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"It’s a matter of time before Ecuador's banana crop gets hit by Fusarium"

Fusarium and bananas have a several decade-long history together. The Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense Tropical Race 4 fungus (TR4) has already affected some twenty countries and now poses a threat to the entire banana and plantain industry of Ecuador as well. A cure has not yet been found. “The banana…

Late freeze in Michigan takes first flushes of asparagus out

A series of freezing nights in the West Central region of Michigan caused the first flushes of asparagus production to be taken away. This has resulted in supplies being very light and primarily coming from Southern Michigan. “We hope supplies will gradually pick up this week,” says Tyler Hodges of…

Chile and Argentina

Transition to South American lemon imports as California harvest begins to slow

As part of its “One World of Citrus™” strategy, Limoneira has made significant investments to ensure its customers receive a consistent supply of high-quality citrus year-round. This strategy is paying off as the California coastal lemon harvest begins to show signs of slowing and the South American…

Registration open for Organic Produce Summit 2021

Retailer and general registration for Organic Produce Summit 2021 is now open for the live and in-person event being held on September 15-16 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in…

Washington state

Ag groups call to reopen farms and lift emergency farm worker restrictions

Washington state’s agricultural groups are appealing to Gov. Inslee to repeal recently renewed COVID-19 emergency rules for farm workers using temporary housing following his…

New peppers showcased are suited for Mexican market and climate

With two new products, Top Seeds International, the international company specializing in the research and marketing of innovative hybrid varieties of high-quality vegetables, has expanded its range of peppers for the Mexican market. The two new varieties are Top Isabel and Top Nadia, a yellow and a red…

Fruit-X: Innovation in a sea of blue

"We are anticipating the commercialization of a new blueberry variety group"

Big Innovation Leap Having a strong hold on the Blueberry market in South East Asia, Fruit-X Asia have been holding their breath in anticipation of commercialization of a new Blueberry variety group, which is expected to create a major boom in the current market. This big leap in innovation was initiated…

Leadership class tours Philadelphia Market and port facilities

The third Eastern Produce Council (EPC) Leadership Class experienced key aspects of the produce logistics and distribution system with a tour of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) and Holt Logistics on May 11, 2021. “We were excited to engage this group of professionals with such crucial…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update

US grower-shippers can expect to see lingering effects of fuel shortage in coming weeks

Fuel prices stole headlines this week, spurred by the shutdown of the Colonial pipeline in response to online hackers. Although the pipeline, which serves much of the East coast, is now back online, full recovery is expected to take up to several weeks in some areas. Currently from 50-70% of gas stations…

Exotic/Tropical fruit & vegetables more »

"Peruvian avocados enter Chinese market later than usual due to quality standards"

There is a temporary shortage in the Chinese avocado market because the supply from Peru is delayed. The price is very high at the moment. According to Peruvian sources, large…

Northern Australia Food Futures Conference

Setting the framework for growth in Australia's tropical fruit industry in the north

Tropical fruit growers and stakeholders will this week take part in the Tropical Exotic Fruit Symposium in Darwin to develop a Research, Development and Extension plan for the industry. Held off the back of the four-day Northern Australian Food Futures Conference, NT Farmers CEO Greg Owens says the event…

Avocado farming promising endeavor for Tanzania

The Arusha Region of Tanzania has a high potential for exports of avocados. Almost 9,000 tons -valued at $30 million - were exported last year, while some seven years before…

Podcast

Hopeful lessons from Hawaii’s successful battle with Avocado Lace Bug

When the invasive avocado lace bug was first spotted in Hawaii, farmers were quite worried. However, intensive collaboration provided a path forward, and the path followed…

Dominican Republic

Avocados, pigeon peas, oranges and bananas see large increases in April

Statistics from the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic say that among the groups with the highest incidence in the growth of the April 2021 price index were food and…

Promoting its kiwis in U.S. and Canada

Greek Kavala COOP announces participation in new "The Charming Taste of Europe" campaign

The Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Kavala (Kavala COOP) from Greece has announced the participation in a new communication campaign in Canada and the U.S. to promote…

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Better 2021 season anticipated for Northwest cherries

Northwest cherry supplies look to be up this season. The 2021 Northwest crop estimate puts cherries at 23.7 million boxes, up 3 million from last year and looking more like the 2019 crop. “June will be a slow start but overall, the Northwest will ship more than last June,” says Catherine Gipe-Stewart of…

Mónica Tierno, general director of Agrupación de Cooperativas del Valle del Jerte

"Despite the rains, we expect 20 million kilos of cherries to be harvested"

The cherry harvest has just started in the Jerte Valley, a region in the Spanish province of Caceres which has become renowned in all of Europe for the production of this fruit. The region has the Protected Designation of Origin Cereza del Jerte, which has certified the quality of the fruit produced in…

Cherry prices in China falling due to increasing availability

In May, open-field cherries from Shaanxi, Shandong, and other producing areas started to trickle onto the market. With the increase in volume, prices have fallen. The poor sales of Chilean cherries this year have led some consumers to turn their attention to locally grown cherries. When cherries from Dalian…

Fruit-X: Innovation in a sea of blue

"We are anticipating the commercialization of a new blueberry variety group"

Big Innovation Leap Having a strong hold on the Blueberry market in South East Asia, Fruit-X Asia have been holding their breath in anticipation of commercialization of a new Blueberry variety group, which is expected to create a major boom in the current market. This big leap in innovation was initiated…

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