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We feel it’s very important to not only have a great understanding for our current market and country, but to maintain a worldly viewpoint and full understanding of all other markets and their effects on the fresh produce export/import industry. Please stay connected and informed through our news channel.

Church Brothers Farms’ Jason Lathos Discusses Transitioning Lettuce Crops


SALINAS, CA - When you hear Mother Nature knocking at your door, you better answer quickly, because she’s a lady you don’t want to keep waiting. Weather changes can happen at the drop of a hat, and while growers need to duck and weave the whole year ‘round, transitioning crops to new regions can be especially tricky. Like many growers, Church Brothers Farms is transitioning out of Salinas, California, to Yuma, Arizona, and like many, the weather has been a major factor in…

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As Romaine Problems Continue, FDA Takes Closer Look


The Food and Drug Administration will be collecting romaine samples in California and Arizona for a year to test for salmonella and E. coli following several foodborne outbreaks linked to the lettuce. The new program begins this month, according to the FDA, citing two E. coli outbreaks in 2018 linked to romaine, and another one in October that was suspected to be from the leafy green. In its notice on the surveillance program, the FDA also cited a 2012 Salmonella…

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Ocean Vessel Fuel Prices Rising for Produce Suppliers


Ocean transportation costs are going up, and that will translate to slightly higher delivered costs for Latin American produce hitting U.S. shores. The allowed sulfur content of fuel used for international shipping is changing Jan. 1. By that date, the United Nations International Maritime Organization is requiring sulfur content in the fuel used for international shipping must be limited to 0.5%, down from the current standard of 3.5%. Costs for the new fuel are running nearly twice as high as…

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US poultry shares soar after China lifts ban on US meat imports


The announcement coincides with a shortage of protein in China after a fatal hog disease has killed millions of pigs. China on Thursday lifted a nearly five-year ban on poultry meat imports from the United States, a move that senior US officials said would pave the way for more than one billion dollars in annual poultry exports to China. Shares of American poultry producers soared on the announcement from China's customs authority. Tyson Foods shares were up 4.6 percent in morning trade,…

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Tree Nut and Dried Fruit Productions to Add up to 4.5 Million and 3.3 Million Metric Tons, Respectively


The INC has released its latest Global Statistical Review with 2019/2020 production forecast updates on tree nuts, peanuts and dried fruits REUS, Spain, Nov. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern hemisphere tree nut harvests progressed at a normal pace in most growing regions, yielding crops in line with overall expectations, both in terms of volume and quality. World tree nut production for the 2019/2020 season has been forecasted at about 4,538,000 metric tons (kernel basis, except pistachios in-shell), slightly up from 2018/19. The biggest increments…

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