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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.

Overview Global Potato Market


The dry weather has left its mark in Europe this year. There is little demand for potatoes on the market, although it is now starting to recover. The exports from the largest European potato producers, such as the Netherlands, France and Germany, are not going smoothly and many markets are currently choosing potatoes from other European countries because of the price. Spain in particular is benefiting from this with a good harvest and high prices on the market. In North…

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FDA Releases Results of Romaine Lettuce Sampling Assignment in Yuma Growing Region


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released the results of a sampling assignment that tested romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ agricultural region for pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Salmonella spp. The assignment was conducted following the Spring 2018 outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region. The outbreak involved 210 people in 36 states and resulted in 96 hospitalizations, 27 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (a type of kidney failure)…

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Fresh Produce, Brought to You By Robots


A family-owned market in California is now selling robot-reared leafy greens. IN SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA, UNDER LED lighting in a controlled, 8,000-square-foot environment, a team of autonomous robots is whirring night and day between rows of leafy greens. There is no dirt, there are no pesticides, and on this indoor farm, the only humans work behind screens. This is one of the world’s first autonomously operated commercial farms, and their produce is now flying off the shelves. As a child,…

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Study Suggests Promotional Programs Helped Increase Avocado Demand


In a study commissioned by the Hass Avocado Board (HAB), researchers at the University of California, Davis concluded that promotion programs funded primarily by HAB assessments paid off for California Hass avocado producers and importers of Hass avocados during the review period. The five-year evaluation (2013-2017) also found that the promotion programs conducted by HAB and its member associations played a fundamental role in expanding demand for Hass avocados in the United States. HAB said researchers found that the expansion…

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New Early Diagnosis Method Could Help Protect Crops From Citrus Greening


Researchers have found a fast and low-cost staining method to diagnose Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB), potentially helping to mitigate crop loss. The method identifies insect feeding sites, which are the transmission agent. The sites can then be tested for the causal agent (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus) using a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. This allows HLB to be identified up to two days after transmission, instead of the months traditionally needed. HLB, also known as greening, is incurable and causes trees to…

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