Grapes maintained their standing as the No. 3 fruit in Fresh Trends this year, but in 2013 they share the spotlight with strawberries as the third most-popular fruit.


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Produce companies sue ocean carrier because of cold chain issues


Eight produce companies have filed federal court cases this year seeking more than $280,000 from a New York City shipping company for failing to maintain correct refrigeration temperatures, the most recent involving avocados from Peru.

Farms Fresh Fruit launches new website


Farmers Fresh Fruit Co. has launched a new website,, to promote its line of grapes that includes Thomcords, California concords and Sweet Petites champagne grapes.

Grape commission partners to make menus healthier


The California Table Grape Commission is planning to make the most of a new partnership with Healthy Dining, an organization that aims to facilitate healthier menus in restaurants.

USDA tests South American fruit programs at U.S. ports


Beginning Sept. 1, citrus fruit, grapes and blueberries from South America should be arriving sooner and lasting longer on retailers’ shelves in the Southeast U.S. as the Port of Savannah begins a pilot program.

Desert packers look to bag customers with newest packages


Desert produce growers and shippers talk often about the quality of the items they pack, but they also say what’s outside counts, too. Packaging is taking on an important role in helping those products stand out against competitors, grower-shippers say.

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Market Scope - Grapes, table — F.o.b.s as of July 14


MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (96-28-14) — Movement expected to decrease sharply as most shippers have finished for the season. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality variable. Light and sporadic crossings were expected to continue through July 19. LAST REPORT.


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