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Mango shipments from Mexico lagged behind normal volume in the February, March and April time period leading to a demand exceeds supply situation and high prices during the first part of the 2016 Mexican mango season. That is no longer the case.  “Hopefully, we have hit the bottom,” said Chief Operating Officer Gary Clevenger of Freska Produce... Read more
California avocado market heads skyward
After a very difficult marketing situation during the first part of the season, dwindling supplies from Mexico have quickly created very strong demand for California avocados and the market continues to gain strength. Rob Wedin, vice president of fresh sales and marketing for Calavo Growers Inc. in Santa Paula, CA, told The Produce News May 25 that with Mexico’s... Read more
Guarding produce against bioterrorism
One of the most critical issues surrounding consumers today is the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables purchased at the supermarket. Where was that lettuce before you bought it at the store? How many people handled it? What did they handle before the lettuce? Who cut up that fruit in the container you just put in your shopping cart? Where and how was it processed?... Read more
Avocados from Peru kicks off Fleet Week with Superfoods Breakfast aboard USS Bataan
NEW YORK -- Avocados from Peru hosted a superfoods breakfast May 27 to honor the 2,000 men and women of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps who proudly serve on board the USS Bataan, an 844-foot, 40,358-ton amphibious assault vessel.U.S. Navy Captain Corey J. Keniston (second from right), executive officer of the USS Bataan, with Gustavo Meza-Cuadra (second from... Read more
McLane Co. Inc., a $48 billion supply chain-services leader, has announced the rollout of McLane Kitchen’s nationwide Fresh Produce + supply chain solution to help convenience store operators establish their locations as destinations for fresh produce. The company said Fresh Produce + provides top-quality products, operational best practices, merchandising... Read more
Exporters and U.S. importers of Guatemalan fresh fruits and vegetables are in the process of building their association, which was established last fall. Priscilla Lleras-Bush, the Miami-based coordinator of the new Guatemala Produce Trade Association, said, “As an association, we work as a united front on the basis of increasing brand awareness for Guatemalan... Read more
Canada Organic Trade  Association makes major strides with European Union on equivalency arrangements
Following five years of negotiations, the European Union Regulatory Committee on Organic Production voted on the expansion of the current scope of the Canada-EU Organic Equivalency Arrangement March 2. Processed products with imported ingredients certified in accordance with Canada’s organic legislation will now be covered under the agreement. In a press... Read more
As soon as June 27, 2016, avocados from any Mexican state will be allowed into the United States, as long as packers follow a systems approach for shipping and the protocol has been certified. On Feb. 5, 1997, the U.S. Department of Agriculture first allowed limited shipments of Mexican avocados into the United States.  Initially, those shipments had to... Read more
A new grocery store offering a one-of-a-kind experience in Quebec officially opened its doors in the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent. After more than 32 years on Keller Boulevard, the Duchemin Family has realized a dream — and met the hopes of customers — by moving its store a few streets away from where it first set down deep roots in the neighbourhood. The... Read more
Hannaford to sell fruit and vegetable Misfits
Hannaford Supermarkets has started selling some produce items that are less-than-perfect looking — along with the beautiful fruit and vegetables for which it is known — in the Albany, NY, area. Called "Misfits" produce, these items may be slightly discolored or not uniform in size; in some instances they have an unusual shape or bump. The food is... Read more
California new potato crop finding good demand
The two big stories out of California’s Kern County potato deal this year are that there is a fairly good market and there are no russet potatoes. The russet deal, which was the core of the California fresh potato industry for decades, has been in decline for 20 years and finally it is no more. A survey of the acreage revealed no russet acreage this year.... Read more
Top-performing Envy apple returns to the market next week
Oppy offers Envy apples from New Zealand and Chile from June through September, and the wait is almost over. The New Zealand Envy apple crop is on the water. Envy sales nearly doubled in volume between 2014 and 2015, and its dollar contribution increased by over 120 percent, growing faster than all other premium apples in both measures, according to FreshLook... Read more
Weis Markets has entered into an agreement with Mars Super Markets Inc. to purchase five Mars stores in Baltimore County. According to a report in The Baltimore Sun, Mars will close its remaining grocery stores July 31 as a result of declining sales. Weis intends to complete its purchase in late July. Once the purchase is complete, Weis Markets will operate... Read more
Whole Foods opens first store under 365 banner
The first 365 by Whole Foods Market location opened today in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake, and it offers 5,000 square feet of produce with an extensive selection of organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Another key feature is “veg valley,” an enclosed area for chilled produce. Two other 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will... Read more
Monsanto rejects Bayer's $62 billion offer, but open to talks
Monsanto has rejected Bayer's $62 billion offer, saying its board of directors unanimously viewed the Bayer AG proposal as incomplete and financially inadequate. Monsanto, however, did say it is open to continued and constructive conversations to assess whether a transaction in the best interest of Monsanto shareowners can be achieved. “We believe in the... Read more
WASHINGTON — A new study by the National Academy of Sciences finds no substantiated evidence of human health risk from genetically engineered crops, nor did it find "conclusive cause-and-effect evidence" of environmental problems. However, NAS called resistance to current GE characteristics in crops a major agricultural problem. Researchers examined nearly... Read more
Giumarra now offering Certified Organic vegetables
The Giumarra Cos.' Los Angeles wholesale operation, Giumarra Bros. Fruit Co., recently added Certified Organic vegetables to its product line. The new organic line includes lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, celery, cauliflower, beets, chard and kale, along with a variety of specialty vegetables, greens and herbs.Chuck Anunciation, division manager of Giumarra Bros.... Read more
Big Y and partners award $110,000 to local farmers
Big Y, which operates stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, along with Local Farmer Award and the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, awarded 47 local farmers $2,500 each to make physical infrastructure improvements to their farms. Along with the support of sponsors, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and MGM Springfield, farmers have already... Read more
Arrow Farms of New York has paid a $15,000 civil penalty for slow pay violations relating to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. To settle a complaint, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Arrow Farms of New York entered into a consent decision in which the company agreed to pay a $15,000 civil penalty for failing to make full payment promptly to... Read more
Organic Trade Association activities in full gear this year
The Organic Trade Association has a lot going on this year. In early March a record-setting crowd of more than 650 organic visionaries, activists and business executives gathered in Anaheim, CA, for the Organic Center’s Annual Benefit Dinner. Attendees enjoyed an organic feast, caught up with old friends, made new ones and celebrated the science of organic.... Read more