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Industry Viewpoint: Virtual advocacy
To say there is a lot at stake for the produce industry during an election year in the midst of a global pandemic is not an exaggeration. United Fresh Produce Association has been guiding the industry through this year’s unpredictable and uncharted territory since March and will continue to do so as we head to the polls Read More ...
John J. Jerue, founder of logistics company, dies at age 94
John J. Jerue, founder of the leading logistics company bearing his name, died at home last week just shy of his 95th birthday. Mr. Jerue built a network of sales offices throughout the United States and Canada generating over $350 million in annual revenues withsubsidiaries and affiliate companies, including John J. Jerue Read More ...
Fruit World's organic Thomcord grapes arriving in early August
Fruit World Co., a family-owned, flavor-focused grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit and one of the largest California growers of organic Thomcord grapes, expects to begin shipping this popular variety the first week of August in new high-graphic two-pound recyclable paper totes. Known for being especially Read More ...
Church Bros. Farms big on product development
Church Bros. Farms is a vertically integrated family-owned and operated company that produces a full line of fresh vegetables year-round with an in-house farming/harvest program and state-of-the-art processing plant, True Leaf Farms. “We were seeing strong growth prior to COVID-19 and were planning for that to accelerate in the Read More ...
USDA restricts PACA violators in New York and Texas
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and Read More ...
Raley’s rewards hourly team members
Raley’s announced that it will provide an appreciation award to every hourly store, distribution center, pharmacy, production bakery and support center team member. The reward amount will be $500 for full-time team members and $250 for part-time team members. “We are grateful for our team members and pleased to be able to Read More ...
Avocado market expected to strengthen as year progresses
The month of July had many different factors that led to a drop in the f.o.b. price for avocados, but experts are expecting favorable conditions over the next few months that should lead to a stronger market. Mexico’s 2019-20 crop was heading to the finish line at the end of July. Peru’s volume will sharply decline by Read More ...

British Columbia, which is large producer of cherries and berries this time of year, will experience a heat wave starting today and lasting through next Wednesday. Temperatures will rise approximate 10 degrees above where they were yesterday. Max temps will range from the mid-80s to low 90s depending on the exact location in the area. These warmer temps could have a positive impact on production numbers. Temperatures will return to normal (70s to low 80s) starting next Thursday.weat

California's San Joaquin Valley will see a warming trend this weekend with high temps rising by four to five degrees, getting to a peak of 105 on Monday. By next Thursday, however, things will change, and highs will drop to the mid-90s with low temps in the upper 60s. Next week’s temps will be six degrees below normal.

Parts of Chile will experience a mid-winter heat wave starting today and continuing through next Tuesday. Many citrus-growing regions will see a temperature jump of 20 degrees from yesterday to today. Max daily temps will be in the mid-70s today and will hit a max of 82 on Sunday before cooling off on Monday. Temperatures will remain warm through Tuesday before dipping back down into the low 60s on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The minimum temp for the region will get as high as 46 during this time before dropping back in the upper 30s later next week.

Hurricane Center Update
The disturbance off the coast of Florida is expected to bring heavy rainfall to portions of the Florida peninsula during the next day or two. Significant development of this system is not expected before it merges with a front and accelerates northeastward off the southeastern U.S. coast on Sunday. Georgia may not see any effects from the storm.

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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