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Tighter window expected for California avocados
Despite some consumer media stories stating that California had a short avocado crop in 2016, the California Avocado Commission reported that last year’s harvest was above average in volume at 401.4 million pounds. It also delivered the third-highest California avocado crop value on record. However, for 2017 a smaller volume forecast will mean a tighter window of supply and marketing efforts focused to match distribution.Rick... Read more

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Port of San Diego invites produce trade
san diego — The Unified Port of San Diego is already a significant player in North America’s international produce trade. Since 2002, refrigerated container ships belonging to Dole Food Co. have made weekly calls on San Diego. But port leaders are encouraging North American fresh produce traders to consider an alliance as the port makes an aggressive... Read more

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Major expansion on tap for Farmer’s Best
After years of testing different growing areas, in 2017 Farmer’s Best will be taking a large step toward a strong foothold in summertime Mexican vegetable exports. The firm is now approaching its goal of shipping consistent volume and quality vegetables throughout the calendar year. Leonardo Tarriba, the CEO of Farmer’s Best International LLC, located... Read more

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Homegrown Organic Farms announces new grower services manager
Homegrown Organic Farms recently hired Caylan Gingerich, who is now operating as a grower services manager for the company’s organic blueberry category and will be based out of Jefferson, OR. “We are thrilled to have Caylan on board," Chad Hansen, Homegrown Organic Farms’ blueberry... Read more