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.

USDA Lays Out Plan for Growers Hit by Tariffs, Trade Barriers


The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to purchase up to $236.6 million of fresh fruits and vegetables through one of three programs designed to help growers affected by tariffs and trade barriers. Those funds, from the Food Purchase and Distribution Program, along with almost $25 million from the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program for fruit and vegetable growers announced in mid-July, are part of the $16 billion agricultural aid package from the administration to counter what it has called unfair trade…

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Belgian Fruit Braves the Heat Wave


Belgian growers were thankful for the excellent spring and early summer conditions, as temperature records started to tumble across the country this week Belgium set a new national heat record yesterday, breaking a record set just the day before, as temperatures rocketed to a high of 40.6oC in the northeast of the country. Thankfully for the country’s Conference pear producers, climatic conditions leading up to this latest heat wave have been particularly favourable. “We have had a good growing season,…

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Durian Rush Creates Thorny Environmental Problems in Malaysia


Rising demand from China sparks interest in the stinky fruit and concerns that rapid expansion will put forests at risk. Raub, Malaysia – As a child, Kenny Wan Mun Hoe, manager of the Newleaf Plantation, delighted in the flavour of the custard-yellow durian - one of Malaysia's most popular seasonal fruit his parents brought home each season for the family. "I loved it," the 39-year-old Malaysian recalls, his face lighting up at the memory of how they would mix the unctuous…

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U.S. and Guatemala Sign Agreement to Improve H-2A Program


The U.S. Department of Labor has signed a bi-lateral cooperative agreement with Guatemala to improve transparency, accountability, and worker safety in the H-2A visa program for agricultural workers from Guatemala. With the agreement, a news release said the Guatemalan government will provide additional safeguards for temporary workers by certifying that labor recruiters are vetted and registered with their government.  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the agreement will benefit farmers. “This move by the United States and Guatemala will allow for…

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Plant-based Meat Alternatives: Perspectives On Consumer Demands And Future Directions


Consumer demands for plant-based products have increased in the past few years. According to reports published by the Plant Based Food Association (PBFA) sales from plant based food was higher than 3 billion in 2018. The high numbers reported shows a promising trend for plant-based meat companies. However the trend begs question are we in a meatless revolution? In this article, executives leading plant-based companies share insights on consumer demands over the past few years and future projections. "Consumer demand…

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