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Quebec Distributing facilitating produces boxes to charities
When Marvin Quebec, president of Oakland, CA-based Quebec Distributing Inc. initially heard about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program, he noted that many worthy charities were not being serviced. A month later after participating in a seminar on the program during United Fresh LIVE!, he Read More ...
Meijer opens five supercenters in the Midwest
Meijer has opened five supercenters across the Midwest. Located in Manitowoc, WI, Sycamore, IL, Bad Axe, MI, and Brimfield and Lorain, OH, the 159,000-square-foot stores offer a state-of-the-art shopping experience, providing customers multiple ways to shop in a specialty store environment. "These new stores reinforce our Read More ...
Well•Pict digital retail kit to heat up summer sales
Well•Pict Berries launched its Well•Pict Digital Retail Kit, a promotional tool to help its retail partners increase their online berry marketing efforts. The kit will include marketing materials for every member of the produce department, from produce buyers to department merchandisers. It is tailored to help and guide a Read More ...
Stemilt to host Virtual Cherry College webinar
Stemilt is bringing its in-person cherry education experience to the computer screen for the inaugural Stemilt U: Virtual Cherry College webinar. The 60-minute webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 22 at 2 p.m. EST. Led by Tate Mathison, Stemilt director of sales, the webinar will take attendees through the cherry Read More ...
Fresh Thyme partnership brings same-day delivery to the Midwest
Specialty retailer Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is partnering with Shipt, making it more convenient to conquer healthy living goals. Customers in 30 metro areas across the Midwest region will have access to this new offering from Shipt and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, giving more than 10 million households this option for Read More ...
A bridge too Pharr: $3.7M of meth found in produce
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted $3.7 million worth of alleged methamphetamine that was hidden within a commercial shipment of fresh produce. “Our officers at the cargo facility are committed to upholding our border security mission Read More ...
Albertsons' Jim Donald: Organics a driver for continued retail growth
Blockbuster sales of organic fresh produce and a spike of in-home eating will continue to propel strong retail growth over the next 18 months, according  to Jim Donald, Albertsons’ Cos. co-chairman, in an exclusive virtual presentation for the Organic Produce Summit. As part of  wide-ranging interview with Kevin Coupe of Read More ...

Current temps in the Coachella Valley are nice with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the upper 40s. Come next Monday and Tuesday temps will cool off as max temps will only reach the low 60s and min temps will dip into the mid-30s. These temps will probably not have any effect on the broccoli and lettuce coming from the region but could slow down the production of colored Bell peppers.weat

Potential rain coming to coastal California
Strawberry-growing regions of Santa Maria and Oxnard are currently experiencing beautiful growing conditions with max temps in the upper 60s and min temps in the low 50s. These temps will continue through all of next week. Come next Saturday, Dec. 21, there is a decent chance of rain.

Cooler temps coming to northern half of Florida next week
Weather was perfect this week in the strawberry-growing regions of Florida, with max temps around the 80-degree mark and min temps in the upper 60s. This stable weather will continue through next Tuesday until a storm comes through bringing rain and cooler temps. Expect up to 0.25 inches of rain with max temps in the 60s and min temps in the 40s. There is an additional chance of rain for Saturday, Dec. 21.

Central Mexico berry regions experiencing perfect weather
The berry regions in the states of Michoacan, Jalisco and Irapuato are all experiencing typical weather for this time of year. Max temps are hovering around 80s while the min temps are in the mid-40s. Last week Mexico shipped 80 loads of tomatoes and look for volume to pick up more steam into Christmas.

The Weathermelon app offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)

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