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Chilean fruit exporters assess hailstorm damage

The Chilean fruit industry is assessing the damage to stone fruit, cherries, blueberries, kiwifruit and grapes after a Nov. 12 hailstorm.

Fruit fly quarantine covers Southern California ports

A part of Los Angeles County, including the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports where a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are imported into the U.S., is under quarantine for Mexican fruit fly.

Mexican avocados vanishing in the U.S.

If a grower’s strike in the Mexican state of Michoacan doesn’t end soon, Mexican avocados will all but disappear from store shelves and menus by Thanksgiving, according to importers.

Grower-led halt to Mexican avocados an “extreme situation”

A group of “dissident growers” of avocados in Mexico are impeding harvest crews from entering orchards, and importers say inventories are dropping quickly.

Chiquita’s new containers more energy efficient

Chiquita Brands International, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is reducing energy consumption with improvements in design an operating efficiency of containers used to ship bananas to ports.

A & A Organic Farms adds rambutans

A & A Organic Farms, Watsonville, Calif., is importing organic rambutans from Honduras.

Peru’s avocado exports hit record

Peru exported 182 million pounds of avocado to the U.S. this season.

Emerson Tracker guards against in-transit theft

A real-time tracking device designed to curb thefts, with an emphasis on security of imported goods, is new from Emerson.
Oct 12, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Tech, #Imports, #PMA

Port Tampa Bay welcomes pineapples

Port Logistics Refrigerated Services at Port Tampa Bay, Fla., recently received its first shipments of pineapples.

Texas port drug discovery is bananas

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice got a surprise when they opened donated boxes of bananas destined for prisoners.