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June 23, 2014

Something To Think About

"You gotta act. You gotta be willing to crash and burn. If you're afraid of failing, you won't get very far." Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

June 23, 2014

Shozo's Pride

Premium Northwest Blueberries packed exclusively for Spokane Produce in our Shozo’s Pride label. Named for our founder, Shozo Higashi, the Shozo’s Pride label is reserved for the best of the harvest. One taste of these fresh sweet berries will send you back for more. In fact, they are so delicious you may not be able to stop eating them. This means, if you sample them to your customers, you have the sale and they will come back for more.

June 23, 2014

Market News

Apricots: The Washington Apricot season is underway and 24-pound volume filled cartons will be arriving at Spokane Produce today. Ideal weather conditions throughout bloom and the growing season has contributed to a nice crop of quality fruit and increased volumes.

Walla Walla Sweet Onions: Tthe Walla Walla Sweet Onion harvest is a bit later than normal this year, and the recent rains added to the delay but good volumes are expected. Fresh Jumbo Walla Walla Sweets are now available at Spokane Produce. Walla Walla Sweets are genuinely a fresh onion and the season ends all to soon. Extra promotions and extra displays will drive sales increases in your department.

Melons: Cantaloupe supplies are extremely limited. In addition to being ahead in the fields, shippers have been struggling with both mosaic and aphid pressure. They are continuing to struggle with availability. Honeydew is extremely limited in California and Arizona.

Cucumbers: The market is unsettled due to demand outpacing supplies and some growers are close to wrapping up for the season. Prices will remain high until new acreage comes into production.

Lemons: Demand continues to rise and has created a 'demand exceeds supply' situation. The market continues to be firm on all sizes and grades.

Cherries: The Northwest cherry harvest is in full swing. Over the past 3 days, the industry has shipped nearly 1.5 million 20-pound boxes. With a calculated 17% of this year’s estimated 21.1 million box crop already shipped, early June production is pacing ahead of initial timing projections though the volume is tracking within 2% of the estimates since early May. Most growing districts in Washington are picking out 5% to10% shorter than expected, and growers in Oregon are picking out 5% to 10% above what was expected. Overall row size distribution has been varied and size appears to be increasing as the crop continues to move into Bing and Rainier varieties. The crop estimate indicates that we can continue to expect more fruit in June than ever before (up to 8.6 million boxes), which would allow for more volume to support the expected large displays and retail support for the U.S. Independence Day celebrations on the 4th of July. Harvest is expected to remain at full speed over the next few days, and consumer demand is expected to remain strong and significant both domestically and abroad.

Source: The Source, Northwest Cherry Growers

June 23, 2014

The Drought

So far, California is enduring its hottest year on record, contributing to the state's worst level of drought in the past 40 years. The warmth in California has contributed to the drought that's now encompassing the entire state, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday. Nearly one-third of the state is now in "exceptional" drought, the worst level, the monitor reported. This is the highest percentage in the history of the Drought Monitor, which began in 2000.The drought is now comparable to the state's drought in the 1970s, according to Crouch. Drought impacts are likely to eventually be much higher than 40 years ago, however: While about 20 million people lived in California in the 1970s, the state's population is now nearly 40 million. A report last month from the University of California-Davis "estimated that water shortages would cause the fallowing of 410,000 acres, the loss of 14,500 jobs and cost the (agricultural) industry $1.7 billion in the state's most productive agricultural region."

Source: USA Today

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