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MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (416-623-706, seedless 414-622-704, seeded 2-1-2) — Movement expected about the same. Trading approximately 35 to 60 counts fairly active, 75-80s moderate, Miniature slow. Prices bins higher, miniature 6s lower, others generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per pound approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts mostly 14 cents, 75-80s mostly 10 cents; red-flesh seedless miniature flat cartons 6s (supplies heavy) $4-6, 8-9s mostly $8. Quality variable.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (190-211*-202**) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly active at lower prices. Prices lower. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per pound approximately 36 and 45 counts mostly 20 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 18 cents. Quality variable. *revised **data incomplete

FLORIDA — Shipments (1-38-110, red-flesh seeded 0-12-28; red-flesh seedless 1-25-82) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly active. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded-type 35s 20-22 cents; red-flesh seedless-type 45s 23-24 cents, 60s 23-24 cents. Quality generally good.

CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (65-53*-51, seedless 5-8*-4; seeded 0-0-0) — Imports via boat from Guatemala and Honduras. Movement expected to be about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Supply fairly light. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons flat red-flesh seedless miniature 6-8s $10-10.95. Red-flesh seedless cartons 4s mostly $13-14, 5s mostly $14-15. *revised.



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Red River Valley Potatoes

Black Gold adds packing facility

Courtesy Black Gold FarmsBlack Gold Farms is expanding their fresh potato volume at their North Dakota operation. The company's new Grand Forks storage facility includes a wash line, polisher, grader, sizer and packing options for totes, sacks and cartons Black Gold Farms bills itself as the nation’s largest supplier of chip potatoes, but the Grand Forks, N.D.-based company is expanding its volume of fresh potatoes.

“We’ve grown to service the needs of our customers,” salesman Keith Groven said.

Black Gold started growing fresh red potatoes in North Dakota two years ago, giving the company a year-round supply of fresh potatoes.

The company also ships fresh potatoes from Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas.

Although Black Gold had fresh supplies from North Dakota, it didn’t have a packing shed there until this year.

Black Gold purchased a storage facility in Grand Forks and has upgraded the facility to include a wash line, polisher, grader, sizer and packing options for totes, sacks and cartons.

The company previously trucked its fresh potatoes as unwashed bulk product from North Dakota to its Arbyrd, Mo., packing facility.

“That limited our viable sales area to the southeast,” Groven said. “It didn’t make sense to ship them to Missouri and then go back north again.

“This opens additional markets to us. We are able to increase availability geographically and produce a better product. It works better to wash at the source,” he said.

Groven said the North Dakota facility has storage capacity for 500,000 cwt.

He said the facility does not yet have capabilities for poly bags, but the company can provide that product from its Missouri operation.


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