Packer Stories

Chiquita to continue use of Port of Wilmington


The Diamond State Port Corp. and Chiquita Brands have agreed Chiquita will continue to use the Port of Wilmington as its mid-Atlantic distribution hub for the next five years.

Frieda's Inc. promotes New Zealand tropicals


The biggest sellers in the tropical and subtropical category out of New Zealand continue to be passion fruit and kiwano, a horned melon, according to Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s Inc.

Staff changes help New Limeco expand Latin American offerings


The addition of sales and sourcing personnel to the staff of New Limeco LLC aims to build the company’s Latin American fruit and vegetable business.

C.H. Robinson creates Robinson Fresh brand


C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., is expanding its emphasis on fresh with a new brand, Robinson Fresh.

McDonald’s sets goal of doubling fresh produce


McDonald’s Corp. has made much ado about its goal of doubling servings of fresh fruits and vegetables worldwide by the year 2020, but specific details on how the chain plans to make that happen are light.

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Market Scope - Tropicals — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 12


CENTRAL AMERICAN IMPORTS — Imports (35*-30*-31) — Imports from Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading slow. Prices yuca higher; calabaza, chayote (20 pounds), malanga (lila), taro eddoes, dasheen (large) and yams (yellow) lower; Chayote (40 pounds), ginger root, malanga (blanca) dasheen (medium) and yams (white) generally unchanged. Calabaza 50-pound sacks mostly $9- $10. Chayote 20-pound cartons mostly $7.50-8, 40-pound cartons mostly $13. Ginger root 30-pound cartons mostly $40. Malanga 40-pound cartons blanca (large) mostly $39-40, lila (large) mostly $52. Taro 40-pound cartons eddoes mostly $24, dasheen 40-pound cartons (large) mostly $54-55, 50-pound sacks (medium) mostly $17-18. Yams (name) 45-pound cartons yellow mostly $42, 50-pound cartons white mostly $27-28. Yuca (cassava) 40-pound cartons mostly $17. Quality good. *revised.

CARIBBEAN IMPORTS — Imports (6*-3*-4) — Imports from the Dominican Republic. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. Coconut 65- to 70-pound sacks 40s mostly $25. Quality good.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (7-1-4) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices slightly higher. 40-pound cartons chayote mostly $11-12. Quality variable.



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