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Mexico’s Sonora grape growers encourage promos with large crop

TUBAC, Ariz. — With a projected 25% increase in grape exports from Sonora, Mexico, this season, the message to importers and marketers is: get the word out and promote.

NC Sweetpotato Commission considers branding program

The North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission is planning to launch a branding program for sweet potatoes grown in North Carolina.

Grupo Molina’s Visalia Produce, Fresh Farms merge

Visalia Produce, Kingsburg, Calif., and Fresh Farms, Rio Rico, Ariz., are merging, becoming one sales and distribution company named Fresh Farms.

Port of Savannah adds routes, facilities for chilled produce

The Port of Savannah, Ga., has added East-West routes to its chilled produce business, with new services to Europe and Asia.

Highbush blueberry group seeks members, alternates

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council’s Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information order is seeking new members.

Northeastern apple growers, retailers take on late-season EverCrisp

Northeastern growers and retailers are finding the late-season EverCrisp apple variety a benefit to their sales. 

Plant-centered trend presents opportunity for potatoes

DENVER — Crowd-sourced nutrition fads, low-carb diets, the “snackification” of America and global competition are some of the challenges facing the U.S. potato industry.

USDA seeks comments on French baby kiwi

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on a draft pest risk assessment for the importation of baby kiwi — kiwi berries  from France.
Mar 12, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #USDA, #France, #Imports

California valencia orange crop on par with past season

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting the California valencia orange crop at 19 million 40-pound cartons.

Southeast berry growers expect rebound from 2018

Southeastern blueberry growers, after two years of weather-related low harvests, are optimistic but cautious about a normal season.