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CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (28-44*-24) — Imports from Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading fairly slow. Prices chayote (40 pounds) and malanga higher; calabaza, dasheen and yams (name) lower; chayote (20 pounds), ginger root, taro eddoes and yuca generally unchanged. Calabaza 50-pound sacks mostly $13. Chayote 20-pound cartons mostly $8, 40-pound cartons mostly $15-16. Ginger root 30-pound cartons mostly $40. Malanga 40-pound cartons blanca (large) mostly $24-25, lila (large) mostly $24. Taro 40-pound cartons eddoes mostly $22; dasheen 50-pound sacks (medium) mostly $14. Yams (name) 45-pound cartons yellow mostly $39-40, 50-pound cartons white mostly $23. Yuca (cassava) 40-pound cartons mostly $15. Quality good. *revised.

CARIBBEAN IMPORTS — Imports (4-1*-3) — Imports from the Dominican Republic. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices higher. Coconut 65- to 70-pound sacks 40s mostly $22. Quality good. *revised.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (6-6-3) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices generally unchanged. 40-pound cartons chayote mostly $13-14.50. Quality variable.

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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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