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Peruvian avocado demand increasing
By all accounts, the Peruvian avocado industry has had a very good season exporting avocados to the United States and elsewhere, and the group’s top U.S. representatives believe it is a harbinger of things to come. “The question for the future is how are we going to keep with demand,” said Xavier Equihua, president and chief executive officer of the Peruvian Avocado Commission. He said the marketing of avocados has truly... Read more

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Innovative product, packaging a hallmark at Columbine Vineyards
This season, Columbine Vineyards plans to feature its proprietary grape, the Milano, in its own branded stand-up bag. Marketing Representative Lauren Olcott said the green seedless grape is characterized by large bunches and crunchy, flavorful berries. The Milano is marketed from mid- to late summer. The new Petit Bag is another innovation at Columbine Vineyards.... Read more

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Amazon Produce buyer favors potential Veracruz route
A new, direct steamship link carrying refrigerated cargo between Veracruz, Mexico, and Philadelphia would be a positive “that would change a lot of things,” in the view of mango importer David Ponce. Ponce is the procurement manager for Amazon Produce Network, which is based in Vineland, NJ.David Ponce, the procurement manager for Amazon Produce Network, which... Read more

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The New Jersey Agricultural Society announced July 20 its newly enhanced team to launch the 10th class of its New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program in November. The society welcomes two new staff members from the agricultural community to direct and implement the program, and deliver... Read more