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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.

“Dirty Dozen” list is inaccurate and harmful according to USApple


The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) is calling the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list, released today, both “inaccurate” and “harmful” to Americans. The report, issued annually, offers consumers an extremely biased view of various fruits and vegetables to avoid based on misleading and flawed reporting by the activist group.   “Mom was almost always right, especially when she taught us to eat our fruits and vegetables,” said USApple President and CEO Jim Bair. “With so much diet and wellness advice…

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Rain in California


A wet winter and plenty of rain have changed the landscape of California. The latest Drought Monitor shows it is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years. Officials estimate more than 93-percent of California is free of drought or dryness. They say only an area along the Oregon border in parts of four southern counties still have an issue.   At the beginning of the year, more than 75 percent of the state was at…

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The situation on the European orange market is mainly dominated by the massive Spanish production. Prices are low, the demand is limited and there is a lot of competition from Egypt and Turkey. Despite the import duties, China continues to import US fruit, while growers in California are eager to find out how much of an impact the many rains will have on the harvest.   Spain: Fruit left unharvested The low orange prices have resulted in a lot of…

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For the past six months, a cargo surge stressed West Coast seaports. Strong U.S. consumer spending, coupled with tariff fears, sent unprecedented import volume across the docks. The phenomenon was seen here at home. The Port of Oakland set an all-time volume record in 2018. It began 2019 with the busiest January in its history. Now, it may be time for a ceasefire. Industry analysts expect container volume to moderate in the months leading up to the late summer peak…

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Henry Gonzales, agricultural commissioner for Monterey County, the nation’s “salad bowl,” which includes Salinas, oversees its $4.4 billion agriculture industry. Growers, Gonzales said, are taking drastic measures to address the continued labor shortage — one of the biggest issues, Gonzales added. They are increasingly turning to the H-2A program to find workers, and taking housing into their own hands to supply workers with affordable places to live. Measures include renting whole hotels for a season to house their workers, while…

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