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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.
April 1, 2019
California strawberry production has been hampered since the beginning of the season by cool temperatures and sporadic winter showers. Fair weather has held over the last week and looks to continue with clear skies in the forecast for both Oxnard and Santa Maria. As the industry begins to shift into full production, Oxnard will be the primary shipping location followed by Baja California. Overall pack-outs are down nearly three million flats in comparison to last year, which has kept FOB…
April 1, 2019
Tom Bellamore, president of the Industry Affairs for the California's Avocado Commission (CAGC), has stated that for Californian avocado growers, China holds a lot of appeal as an export destination due to the strength of its economy and the size of its population, Foodwise, the meaty green California avocado has become as iconic a symbol of the fresh quality of California's homegrown products as the state's fine wines and wrinkled raisins. About 3,000 growers, many of whom are multi-generational…
March 27, 2019
Growers in the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement will soon be sanitizing “open-source” water used on their crops, which has been the focus of at least two recent E. coli outbreaks traced to leafy greens. Scott Horsfall, the group’s CEO, said the new water treatment rules could be implemented as early as late April, or as late as mid-May. It’s the latest change in how the industry grows lettuces, herbs and other leafy greens in the wake of three…
March 20, 2019
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…
March 19, 2019
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…