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WATERMELONS — F.O.B.S AS OF SEPT. 15

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (277-238-202, seedless 259-223-192, seeded 18-15-10) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices 60 count generally unchanged, others slightly higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 16-18 cents, approximately 60 count 14-16 cents. Quality generally good. Many present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments.

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 215-166-135, seedless 189-150-126, seeded 26-16-9, OK seedless 7-5-10) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Supplies light. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 20 cents. Quality variable.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (426-166-123, red-flesh seeded 21-8-4, red-flesh seedless 405-158-119) — Movement expected to decrease as many growers finish for the season. Trading red-flesh seedless 45s very active, red-flesh seedless 60s slow. Prices red-flesh seedless 45s higher, 60s generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless 45s 16 cents, 60s 11 cents. Quality generally good.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND, EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (317-166-90, red-flesh seeded 5-2-2, red-flesh seedless 312-164-88) — Supply insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (149-116-76, red-flesh seeded 14-8-3, red-flesh seedless 135-108-73) — Movement expected to decrease as growers finish for the season. Supply insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REORT.



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Kern County Produce

Business updates: Kern County Produce

Bolthouse expands, adds products

Bolthouse Farms has begun construction on a $20 million expansion project at its Bakersfield, Calif., facility which it expects to be done by mid-November.

The project will expand warehouse space and add load capacity, said Scott LaPorta, chief operations officer/chief financial officer of the Bakersfield-based grower-shipper.

In addition, the expansion will increase dock doors by 40%, frozen storage by 100% and freezer storage by 70%.

“It’s a big investment,” LaPorta said. “We’ve been on an absolute growth tear over the past three to four years.”

Bolthouse also has introduced six juice and juice smoothie beverage flavors, two yogurt-based salad dressings and four Greek yogurt-based salad dressings. All are sold in the refrigerator case.

Tasteful Selections upgrades website

Tasteful Selections recently redesigned its website, www.tastefulselections.com, and added new features in the process.

Among them are expanded product listings and a frequently asked questions page designed to help consumers find information about the firm’s potatoes more easily, said Randy Shell, vice president of marketing.

Tasteful Selections, part of Bancroft, Wis.-based RPE, also announced a partnership with 14-year-old chef Jack Witherspoon form Redondo Beach, Calif.

Already, he has published a cookbook, “Twist it Up;” appeared on television, including the Food Network; and is a three-time leukemia survivor.

Chef Jack has created several recipes exclusively for Tasteful Selections and made step-by-step videos for each.


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