IPG looks to keep its customers, suppliers, and partners world-wide, all connected and in touch through its new IPG News Reports. This news source will highlight the most significant, relevant and day-day international trade and produce news stories.

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.

US bails out tariff hit farmers


A US$16bn relief package for US agricultural producers has been announced in response to the ongoing trade war with China illions of dollars will be distributed to US farmers by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help them cope with the effects of ongoing trade dispute with China. Announced today, 24 May, the relief strategy will provide up to US$16bn in programmes, which the USDA said was in line with the estimated impacts of tariffs on US agricultural goods…

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Rains will put pressure on California strawberry supplies


After the heavy rains that fell over the past week in California, strawberry growers have now turned to cleaning up their fields and removing damaged strawberries. Both Salinas and Santa Maria were hit by rains, with the greater amount falling in the Salinas-Watsonville growing district. Despite growers picking as many berries as possible ahead of the rains, in general most of the ripe fruit that remained in the fields was damaged. Harvesting came to a halt as firstly muddy conditions…

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Growers count their losses: California cherry crop devastated by storms


Cherry growers in California are counting the cost as storms over the past week destroyed a significant amount of the current cherry crop. While official estimates are still several days or even weeks away, the general feeling is that a few million boxes worth of cherries have been lost, with the worst affected being early season varieties and also a large portion of the Bing crop. There is some hope that some of the later season cherries can still be…

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Lemon supplies are currently on the rise in most countries. Lemons are an inelastic product. This means this year's demand is fairly similar to that of last year. Lemon prices have dropped significantly because of this. Argentina is, currently, the most distinctive lemon production country. This country has increased its exports to both the United States and Europe. This increased volume is putting pressure on the Spanish lemons that are on the market. Russia is currently importing lemons from China.…

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Broccoli contains cancer-inhibiting compound


More research reveals hidden molecule in broccoli which scientists found prevents tumour growth Brassica vegetables possess a cancer-inhibiting molecule, according to new research by US scientists. A team at Harvard Medical School revealed in the journal Science that leafy greens such as broccoli, cabbage and collard greens contain a molecule that inactivates a gene known to play a role in several common cancers. Pier Paolo Pandolfi, professor of Medicine at Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Centre, and his colleagues showed how targeting the…

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