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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Could Eastern apple growers see opportunity in 2022?

With tighter supplies of apples out of Washington State coupled with high freight rates, where does that leave Eastern apple growers? “I think it’s a benefit for us here in Michigan with freight rates being as exorbitant as they are. This could bode well for Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania apple…

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Turning to charter vessels to move Chilean blueberries

Chilean blueberry supplies are available. However, getting them here on time is challenging, as it is with many commodities right now. Giddings Berries USA, located in Monterey, CA, imports organic and conventional blueberries from Peru, whose season has wrapped up, and Chile. “In Chile, we’re harvesting…

Cherry breeding in Africa provides opportunities to meet growing demand

Since its inception in 2001, IFG has focused on breeding table grapes and cherries that provide an incredible eating experience. The company is headquartered in Bakersfield, California, but wants their varieties to be enjoyed by consumers around the world. “Right from the start of the company, IFG…

Berry grower introduces hydroponic tabletop strawberry line

Rooting thousands of strawberry plants on elevated tables the first week of October, Oppy, under the Ocean Spray license, will launch its first specialty berry pack in the Happy Berry™ label this month. The hydroponic tabletop strawberry concept was developed by New Wave Berry, LLC, a joint venture…

Three new ripening rooms in Oxnard for mango/avocado shipper

Freska Produce International has completed the construction of three ripening rooms at its Oxnard, CA facility for mangos and avocados. “These ripening rooms are state of the art and will benefit our end users,” says Jesus “Chuy” Loza of Freska Produce. This new addition means Freska can ripen three…

FirstFruits Marketing adds pear growing and distribution partner

FirstFruits Marketing is pleased to announce the addition of Stadelman Fruit as its partner for pear growing and distribution. The partnership officially began on January 10,…

Extending its presence into a major global blueberry market

Bee Vectoring Technologies announces entry into Peru

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. has announced the company is expanding into Peru, extending its presence into a major global blueberry market. The company will…

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'US consumers see impact of shipping backlogs and high truck rates when they do their shopping'

Shipping port backlogs continue to be a key factor in supply chain challenges nationwide. West coast ports remain an ongoing problem, with over 90 ships awaiting berthing spots at the Port of Los Angeles. The average waiting time for a vessel within 40 nautical miles of the Port of Los Angeles is 3.5…

DiMuto strengthens executive leadership by partnering with Nexus Agrotec’s founder & president Julie Escobar

DiMuto, a global AgriFood Trade Solutions company that providesend-to-end supply chain visibility for global AgriFood businesses, appointed Julie Escobar, Founder and President of Nexus Agrotec, as its Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer. Effective immediately, the pivotal new role will provide…

APHIS revises requirements for fresh plum fruit from Chile into the United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of a decision to revise the requirements relative to the…

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Turning to charter vessels to move Chilean blueberries

Chilean blueberry supplies are available. However, getting them here on time is challenging, as it is with many commodities right now. Giddings Berries USA, located in Monterey, CA, imports organic and conventional blueberries from Peru, whose season has wrapped up, and Chile. “In Chile, we’re harvesting…

Patrick Malley - Maungatapere Packing Limited

"The growth of the blueberry industry in Northland was eventually going to be stifled by a lack of post-harvest providers"

Maungatapere Packing (MPL) became operational in mid-2021 and has been packing New Zealand Southern Highbush blueberries since August 2021. The packhouse is now gearing up to pack summer production blueberries destined for the Australian export market. MPL also processed kiwifruit male flower in…

Jan van Bergeijk, Plusberries:

"Spanish raspberry cultivation increasingly moving to Morocco"

The Spanish raspberry season got off to a difficult start. That market has, however, picked up. "There are currently even shortages. Those should last until the end of February," says Jan van Bergeijk. He does the Plusberries Group's raspberry commerce. He has been living and working in Spain for 30…

Cherry breeding in Africa provides opportunities to meet growing demand

Since its inception in 2001, IFG has focused on breeding table grapes and cherries that provide an incredible eating experience. The company is headquartered in Bakersfield, California, but wants their varieties to be enjoyed by consumers around the world. “Right from the start of the company, IFG…

Berry grower introduces hydroponic tabletop strawberry line

Rooting thousands of strawberry plants on elevated tables the first week of October, Oppy, under the Ocean Spray license, will launch its first specialty berry pack in the Happy Berry™ label this month. The hydroponic tabletop strawberry concept was developed by New Wave Berry, LLC, a joint venture…

Could Eastern apple growers see opportunity in 2022?

With tighter supplies of apples out of Washington State coupled with high freight rates, where does that leave Eastern apple growers? “I think it’s a benefit for us here in Michigan with freight rates being as exorbitant as they are. This could bode well for Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania apple…

APHIS revises requirements for fresh plum fruit from Chile into the United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of a decision to revise the requirements relative to the…

Andrés Armstrong, Executive Director of the Blueberry Committee:

"We have shipped about 9% less fruit compared to last year"

The complexities that the Chilean fruit industry has suffered during the current season have now impacted exports. According to Andrés Armstrong, Executive Director of the…

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