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Transport strike affects Argentina’s lemon exports


A stoppage by transporters in Tucuman - for an indefinite period of time and in support of an improvement in freight rates - is affecting the start of the lemon export campaign: a business that in 2018 achieved an income of 1 billion dollars.   It is the main economic activity in the area and 40 to 45 thousand workers depend on it. The protest, which began last on Wednesday April 3, is being carried out by the Cargo Carriers Association…

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Due to erratic weather on the East and West Coast, prices have skyrocketed as the demand for celery increases


SALINAS, CA - As far as the spotlight goes, this should be a high time for celery, which is branching out from its reputation as a vehicle for peanut butter and cream cheese. Low supplies and uncharacteristically high demand, however, has created the perfect storm for a tight market. Sammy Duda, among the fourth generation to help lead Duda Fresh Farms, took some time to walk me through the current climate.   “Supply is significantly short due to the amount of volume…

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Rain delays Santa Maria’s vegetable, strawberry deals


Plentiful rain over the winter quenched thirsty fields across California, but will delay fruit and vegetable supplies out of Santa Maria during the spring season.   The winter precipitation altered planting schedules for the numerous spring vegetables Durant Distributing Inc. grows on 2,500 acres in Santa Maria, said Tom Cline, sales manager for the company. Durant’s major commodities are broccoli, cauliflower and celery.   The company wasn’t able to plant some items on schedule, and crops didn’t grow as fast…

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All eyes in the kiwifruit sector are now on the southern hemisphere, which is now slowly taking over the world market. The first New Zealand kiwis are already at sea. European and North American traders look back on a predominantly positive season, with Italy as a major exception. The kiwifruit sector has had a difficult month there. The French sector also suffered a blow last month, when it turned out that some of the kiwis sold as French were actually…

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Market update for berries


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…

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