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Mango Will Be In Short Supply

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United States Green Pea harvest in the Pacific Northwest will commence this week.  The growing season has been good for both irrigated and dry land peas.  Plenty of rainfall and cooler weather has helped with green pea growing and quality. At this moment over 50% of sweet corn has been planted and early variety harvest is expected in July. Lima beans …

Food Safety

AFFI Questions Consumer Reports Study on Pesticides

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On Thursday, April 18, 2024, a report was published by Consumer Reports about pesticide residues in fresh, frozen and canned produce and AFFI (American Frozen Food Institute) has questioned the accuracy of this report.  You can find the Consumer Report at Produce Without Pesticides; 6 Fruits and Vegetables Loaded with Pesticides; How to Protect Yourself from Pesticides …

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Unleash Your Friday Frenzy with Free Fries at Wendy’s & Discover McDonald’s Exciting New Breakfast Bonanza!

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If you’re a Wendy’s customer (and even if you’re not), Wendy’s has made Fridays special for everyone and anyone.  The company announced recently that it is giving away a free order of any size fries with any purchase, every Friday through the end of 2024 beginning April 19, 2024.  So, for example, if you purchase …

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4% decrease in potato cultivation area for 2024 due to lower prices and higher existing stocks

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United States Acres for this year’s Northwest crops are now secured. Pea crop planting is close to being completed, with some early fields beginning to emerge.  Harvest expected June.  Sweet corn planting is underway in the Pacific Northwest. Currently, pricing is stable or slightly up due to increased labor and equipment costs. However, Mother Nature …

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Northwest Vegetable Plantings Underway

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United States Acres for this year’s Northwest crops are now secured. Approximately half of the pea crop has been planted with some early fields beginning to emerge.  Harvest expected June.  Plantings for sweet corn have already begun in some areas. Raw material prices this season were lower than last, however input costs such as equipment and labor are still …

Food Safety

RETAIL FOOD PROTECTION SOURCES

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There are more than 3,000 state, local and tribal agencies that have primary responsibility to regulate the retail food and food service industries in the United States. They are responsible for the inspection and oversight of over one million food establishments that include restaurants and grocery stores, as well as vending machines, cafeteria and other …

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The Great Chocolate Crisis – Prices Continue to Soar

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The cost of chocolate is skyrocketing, and much to the chagrin of chocolate lovers it is reaching new and dizzying heights.  At the heart of this dilemma is the cocoa bean, the essential ingredient that makes chocolate a favorite indulgence among old and young alike.  The demand for chocolate (in many forms) now far exceeds …

Food Safety

STOP EMA Economically Motivated Food Fraud

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EMA or economically motivated adulteration is when someone takes out or leaves out or substitutes a valuable ingredient or part of a food intentionally.  It can also occur when someone adds a substance to make it appear better, bigger or of greater value.  As an example, if a manufacturer adds cheaper vegetable oil to more …

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Contract Negotiations Under Way for 2024 Potatoes

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United States Sweet Corn season was a strong one with abundant yields and superior quality. With the above budget crop, many processors have extra inventory and price levels have changed from firm to very aggressive. Diced Carrot  It was a good carrot season in Oregon and Washington and the crop came in on budget. Overall, Industry …

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A Battle Cry from Farmers Paralyzes France And Spreads Across Europe

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The farmers in France call it “Operation Paris Seige” and they’re not backing down.  Major roads and highways surrounding cities in France and Belgium have been blockaded with the participation of French and Flemish-speaking farmers.  In the smaller cities as well as in Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse, blockades are disrupting supply chains and creating havoc …

Food Safety

Tech-Enabled Traceability Video Series for Companies of All Sizes

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The FDA has launched its first video that focuses on how food safety and consumer protection from foodborne illness can be enhanced using tech-enabled traceability. This first video is primarily focused on Supply Chain Technology and how companies of all sizes can utilize low or no-cost tech enabled traceability technologies. In this video, 5 companies …

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What Does It Take to Become a Costco Vendor?

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Costco stands out as a remarkable company with a rich history of achievements, as I highlighted in the previous week’s article. Here are some impressive facts about this retail giant: They are responsible for distributing half of the world’s cashews. Annually, they sell more than 100 million rotisserie chickens. Their decision to stock a book …

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Embracing a Sustainable Future in Agriculture: The Role of AI in Eco-Friendly Pest and Weed Management

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In the realm of agriculture, the traditional use of glyphosate-based herbicides, such as Monsanto’s “Roundup”, has been a common practice for controlling various weeds and pests. However, concerns have risen about its potential health risks, including negative impacts on gut health, hormonal disruptions, and cancer risks. This has necessitated a shift towards safer, more sustainable …

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Beware: Banned Food Additives in Europe Still Commonly Used in U.S. Foods

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People with dietary restriction who travel abroad often worry about the food they will be served and if it will affect their health. Oddly enough, their trip turns out beautifully and without incident on the eating side. Some believe it may have to do with certain food additives that are banned in Europe but allowed …