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.

Late start for California grapes


This could be a year like no other for California’s table grape industry. Rain and continuing cold weather delayed the harvest in the Coachella Valley by about 10 days compared to last year, and Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley may not get underway for some growers until the second week of July. Last year, picking started in late May. “They need heat units, and it’s been crazy this year,” said Bob Bianco, co-owner of Bakersfield-based Anthony Vineyards, which also grows grapes in…

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Trump Backs Off of Mexico Tariff Threat After Agreement is Made


President Donald Trump on Friday night backed down from imposing a 5% tariff on all goods entering the country from Mexico, instead reaching an agreement with the country. On Twitter, Trump wrote that Mexico “agreed to take strong measures” to “stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.”REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES.Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. He added that the agreement would “greatly reduce,…

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The new apple season has not yet started in the northern hemisphere, but the market is already under pressure. The total stock of apples in Europe stood at 1,561,430 tons (WAPA) on May 1 this year, the highest figure in more than 10 years. Nevertheless, the sales and price rates vary per variety. The demand for certain club varieties is particularly good. In Europe, exports from the southern hemisphere have declined due to overproduction, and those shipments have been finding…

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Grape breeders announce alliance to battle growing IP fraud


Four of the world’s top fruit breeders will cooperate in stopping ongoing attempts to appropriate proprietary plant material and infringe their Intellectual Property rights, representatives of the firms announced here today during the inaugural Global Grape Summit. The new organization is The Breeders Alliance Company Ltd, and its founding members are Grapa Varieties Ltd, IFG, SNFL, and Sun World Innovations. The Breeders Alliance was created to assist its members in their separate enforcement activities by collectively monitoring and surveilling key…

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Vegetables see mixed changes in processed, fresh markets


WASHINGTON — Lower harvested area and yields pushed fresh vegetable production down 10% last year, to 35.9 billion lbs, the lowest in 19 years and the largest year-over-year drop during that time, the U.S Department of Agriculture said in its Vegetables and Pulses Outlook. In contrast, 2018 production of processing vegetables was estimated at 35.7 billion lbs, up 7% from 2017. The four largest fresh crops — onions, head lettuce, romaine lettuce and tomatoes — accounted for 46% of total fresh…

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