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.

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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Blueberry cultivation is relatively new worldwide. The global demand for the product continues to grow, mainly due to the healthy properties attributed to the fruit. The price for blueberries is therefore high and that is also the reason why many countries see potential in the crop. Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Peru in particular are strongly expanding their blueberry plantations. In fact, Peru has the ambition to become the largest producer of blueberries worldwide. In Spain, however, there are concerns…

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Delayed NW cherry season presents challenges


After an anticipated later and lighter start, volumes are forecast to ramp up in July, with growers relying on export markets Northwest Cherry Growers’ first crop forecast for the season – released today – projects production at 24.9m cartons (9.1kg equivalents), or 249,152 tonnes. This volume represents a slight decline on last year’s total. Predictions point to relatively light supplies in June compared followed by heavy production during July.  Northwest growers have traditionally relied on export markets for absorbing their…

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California’s cherry season in jeopardy


Cherry growers in California's Central Valley are very concerned for their crops as forecast storms and cooler weather began impacting the region overnight. A winter weather advisory was issued by the National Weather Service declaring that areas above 5000ft could expect up to 2ft of snow. But it's the heavy rain in the Valley that has cherry growers worried. Just a couple of weeks ago, hopes were high that California could produce a record cherry crop this year, however these…

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China retaliates with tariff hikes on frozen fruits and vegetables


China’s latest round of tariff retaliation hit frozen fruits and vegetables but appeared to spare additional hikes on imported U.S. fresh produce. “Overall, most fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts were spared,” said Roland Fumasi, vice president and senior analysts for RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness N.A. In response to a lack of progress in resolving trade issues with China, the Trump administration on May 10 increased duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese products from 10% to 25%. The Chinese retaliated with…

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