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Lettuce growers optimistic despite tough start

A springtime outbreak tied to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Ariz., combined with erratic weather in California, rising freight rates and the usual competition from regional growing areas presented a challenge for California leaf and lettuce grower-shippers as summer got underway. But most grower-shippers seemed to view the challenge with a sense of optimism, and they had confidence that markets will improve with time. The Food and Drug Administration said in late June that it... Read More

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USDA forecasts flat to lower produce prices

( USDA ) Low retail price inflation is anticipated for fresh fruits and vegetables for the remainder of the year and into 2019, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. In the Food Price report released July 25, the department reported that fresh vegetable prices fell 0.2% from May to June, and now are 0.8% lower than in June 2017. The USDA said retail fresh vegetable prices are expected to remain steady with last... Read More

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Intermodal, rail poised to gain for fresh produce?

After a down period, intermodal and rail shipments of fresh produce could be headed higher. Rising fuel prices and climbing truck rates are set to make refrigerated shipments by intermodal and rail more competitive, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report. The first quarter 2018 edition of the USDA s Agricultural Refrigerated Truck Quarterly , issued in July, said that 2017 investments in refrigerated facilities and technology have increased the long-haul capacity for... Read More

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Fruit f.o.b.s as of July 9

This information, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture s Agricultural Marketing Service, shows week-by-week shipments and f.o.b.s for commodities from domestic and international shipping points for the fresh market. Protective services are extra unless otherwise stated. Shipments are in 1,000 cwt. for weeks ending June 23-June 30-July 7. Apples YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT, WASH. — 2017 CROP Shipments (852-792-709, Includes Exports 291-236-203) — Movement expected to continue to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices... Read More

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