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.

Polish apple volumes take a hit


Unfavourable claimatic conditions and recent frosts have cut crop sizes for many growers in the country Adifficult season for Polish apple growers has been made even tougher by recent widespread frosts, with some producers reporting losses of up to 80 per cent. The frosts, which hit in early May, were just the latest in a long line of challenges that the country's apple growers have faced in 2019, according to Dominik Wozniak of Rajpol. "This spring we have had several…

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Donald Trump vows to use tariffs to punish Mexico for migrants


SEVERAL ADVISERS to Mexico’s secretary for foreign affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, receive phone notifications each time President Donald Trump sends a tweet. Phones—and alarm bells—were surely ringing on May 30th, when Mr Trump delivered his threat to apply a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico. Unless the Mexican government takes action “to dramatically reduce or eliminate the number of illegal aliens crossing its territory into the United States”, the tariff is to go into effect on June 10th, and to increase each…

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The start of the stone fruit season is around the corner in the Mediterranean. Spain continues to increase its stone fruit volumes and thus dominates the market in Europe. A good harvest is also expected in Greece, with rising export volumes to Europe and the Middle East. In Italy, the season has been more dramatic for apricots and nectarines due to heavy rainfall in recent weeks, which has caused a lot of the harvest to be lost. In South Africa,…

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Church Brothers Farms’ John Patullo Discusses Spring Transition


SALINAS, CA - This winter and spring saw growers in California and the Southwest exposed to adverse weather conditions, challenging even the most adept farming operations. But with the late spring and summer season on the horizon, things are shaping up nicely for Church Brothers/True Leaf Farms. I recently had the opportunity to speak with John Patullo, Grower, Church Brothers Farms, to learn more about where the company is in the season and what retail and foodservice partners can expect as 2019 progresses. As a grower…

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California farmers report climbing scarcity of employees


It’s a pressing concern—and an increasing one at that—for California farmers: farm worker scarcity. And according to a new study, Still Searching for Solutions: Adapting to Farm Worker Scarcity Survey 2019 from the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) and UC Davis, the problem shows no sign of letting up. Shortage of help The study, a voluntary survey of 1,071 farmers and ranchers conducted in early 2019, reveals that 56 percent of participating farmers had been unable to hire all the employees they needed…

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