IPG NEWS

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.

WEST COAST CARGO CRUNCH EASING


  

For the past six months, a cargo surge stressed West Coast seaports. Strong U.S. consumer spending, coupled with tariff fears, sent unprecedented import volume across the docks. The phenomenon was seen here at home. The Port of Oakland set an all-time volume record in 2018. It began 2019 with the busiest January in its history. Now, it may be time for a ceasefire. Industry analysts expect container volume to moderate in the months leading up to the late summer peak…


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GROWERS ADDRESS LABOR ISSUES AND LINGERING EFFECTS OF E. COLI OUTBREAK


  

Henry Gonzales, agricultural commissioner for Monterey County, the nation’s “salad bowl,” which includes Salinas, oversees its $4.4 billion agriculture industry. Growers, Gonzales said, are taking drastic measures to address the continued labor shortage — one of the biggest issues, Gonzales added. They are increasingly turning to the H-2A program to find workers, and taking housing into their own hands to supply workers with affordable places to live. Measures include renting whole hotels for a season to house their workers, while…


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Rough winter could cause vegetable supply hiccups


  

A winter of rain, occasional hail and cold temperatures across California will likely throw wrenches into this year’s spring vegetable supplies, growers say.   Salinas-based D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California grows broccoli, cauliflower, and head lettuce under the Andy Boy label and other crops on 40,000 acres, said Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, marketing, and culinary manager for D’Arrigo.   The company grows spring vegetables in Brawley, Calif.; Yuma, Ariz.; and Mexico from November through March, and then grows in the Salinas Valley from March…


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Apple growers share labor, trade concerns on Capitol Hill


  

Apple growers from across the country participated in the U.S. Apple Association’s Capitol Hill Day, meeting with more than 100 legislative offices on trade, labor, and farm bill issues.   More than 90 growers were in Washington, D.C., for the annual event on March 13.   A top priority is the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, according to a news release. Like its North American Free Trade Agreement predecessor, the USMCA keeps access to Mexico and Canada duty-free. Due to NAFTA,…


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Celery Market Report


  

Celery market this week has escalated to mid-$50 level. Factors creating this high market include lighter plantings and weather. Growers reduced acreage a bit this year due to losses on celery in recent years. And then, the weather. In Florida they have had relatively minor affects from adverse weather, but where acreage was cut back slightly already, it has left those Florida growers with limited volume to cover contracts only. Historically, when weather hits the west coast hard, Florida can…


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