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The Peruvian mango season is almost over and the European market is switching to African imports. The first mangoes from South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire are already on the market. While the Italian acreage continues to expand, growth in Spain is being curbed by the bad campaign in 2018. Business is going well in the US. More Mexican mangoes arrive every week and the demand is so high that the fruit can be sold immediately. Australian traders are happy with…

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Santa Maria expects big strawberry crop


Strawberry growers in the Golden State, including in its No. 2 growing region of Santa Maria, have been producing greater volumes with higher-yield varieties, and this year could be a banner year.   “With normal weather, weekly shipment volume from April 15 to Oct. 31 is likely to equal or exceed the three-year average,” the Watsonville-based California Strawberry Commission said on its website. Strawberry volumes reached record numbers for the past three years in total, according to the commission, and…

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Weather is about the only thing holding berries back


No matter the region or type of berry—strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, or blackberry—industry players are thrilled with high demand but face a few common challenges. Some are shared with growers of other commodities, and a few are unique to the berry sector. Weather, of course, is always a challenge. Jack Cain, vice president of sales and marketing for Always Fresh Farms in Winter Haven, FL, keeps his eyes on forecasts in a variety of places, from Chile to California to Florida.…

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U.S. citrus production set to rebound in 2018/19


U.S. citrus production in the 2018/19 marketing year (October–September) is rebounding from previous-year lows. The current citrus crop forecast of 8.02 million tons for 2018/19 is up 31 percent from the previous season, reflecting expected expanded national production across all major citrus commodities, excluding lemons, and overall larger crops in the four major producing States. The rebound is expected to be greatest in Florida, recovering from crop losses caused by Hurricane Irma in the 2017/18 season.   Orange and grapefruit…

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California cherry growers look to bounce back from 2018


California cherry grower-shippers say they’re expecting bigger volumes in 2019 than a year earlier.   That shouldn’t be difficult, they were quick to add.   In 2018, cherry volume statewide was 3.96 million cartons, compared to 9.56 million cartons a year earlier, according to the Sacramento-based California Cherry Board.   Weather was a factor in the downturn, suppliers said.   “Last year was a disaster,” said Kyle Persky, sales manager with Lodi, Calif.-based Rivermaid Trading Co. “We’d had a stressful summer of…

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