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April 20, 2015

Something To Think About

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan

April 20, 2015

Fresh Facts

Luis Braun, an apple grower from northern Italy, came across a unique, red-striped apple in an orchard in Japan. He noticed that it was dramatically different from all the other apples in that orchard. He was mesmerized by its super sweet, full-flavored taste, and took a branch from the tree back with him to Italy. Once home he painstakingly set out to grow as many trees as he could making it his mission to share this new flavor with the world and KIKU® brand apples were born. Since then, the Braun family has licensed a few select growers around the globe to grow and sell KIKU® brand apples. KIKU® apples are remarkable and have inspired a devoted following among apple connoisseurs. KIKU® brand apples are very exotic, with a super sweet taste, attractive striped ruby-red coloration, with very juicy, crunchy flesh. Quite possibly the sweetest apples you’ll ever taste!

Source: KIKU® brand apples

April 20, 2015

Market News

Mangos: The 2015 mango crop projections indicate this will be a significant year for Mexican mango production and for mango exports to the U.S. Due to the projected increase in import volumes, the National Mango Board (NMB) is working with retailers and others in the industry to encourage them to consider promotions that will help move the larger than normal volumes that are expected during the second quarter of 2015. About 36 million boxes of Mexican mangoes are expected to be imported in the second quarter, 10% more than in the second quarter of 2014.

Apricots: Warm winter and spring weather has produced a California apricot crop that is a bit earlier than usual, with the industry expecting some shipments before the end of the month. But that same weather situation, with fewer than ideal chilling hours, has also led to a lighter crop on the trees. The Washington fresh apricot crop should hit the market by about the middle of June and be fairly close to the 642,000 24-pound cartons that were produced last year, according to a spokesperson for the Washington State Fruit Commission.

Melons: Watermelon sales are currently up 9% in comparison to last year. Cut watermelon sales were up by 4.5%, while mini watermelons saw a 1.5% increase in sales. “Our biggest grossing category was whole watermelons, which increased by 11%,” states an industry affairs associate for the National Watermelon Board.

Lettuce: Warm weather this winter brought on lettuce crops earlier than usual and made for plentiful supplies earlier this year. But with a front-loaded season, supply gaps have popped up. One shipper stated, “We're just getting into the edge of the light spot, so it could be dicey supply-wise through the first two weeks of May.” Less lettuce has brought with it higher prices and those prices are likely to last into May.

Source: Perishable News, The Produce News (2), Fresh Plaza (2)

July 25, 2012

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