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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 International, LLC, based in Oxnard, CA, on May 16.   He... Read more

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“The weather system in Mexico took a toll on the mango crops this year,” said Ronnie Cohen, vice president of sales for Vision Import Group. “Growing areas have faced challenges such as hail and heavy rainstorms. Mother Nature has not been kind this year.” The weather affected the early mango programs. Crops were delayed because trees... Read more

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Vivid adds Peruvian asparagus deal, but Jersey remains key
vineland, nj — The New Jersey spring vegetable season was slowly getting started when The Produce News visited Vivid Fruit & Produce LLC in early May. So far the company was seeing the normal early items, such as asparagus, radishes, all the lettuces and all the greens. Jonathan Consalo, a managing member of Vivid, handles most of the sales as well... Read more


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Mission Produce expands organic avocado role
Mission Produce announced that Megan Rood has been promoted to organic category manager. In this role she will be responsible for managing key account relationships, working with emerging sources of organic supply and developing new organic customers.Megan Rood Rood has been with Mission Produce for... Read more