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Check out all the recent cherry news you can find on The Packer and Produce Market Guide. 

Webinars, boxes and a party: what’s happening during pandemic

A number of online events are scheduled around the continuing COVID-19 crises, designed to educate and in one case, to celebrate the end of a harvest in what has been very unorthodox circumstances.

The following news items are a roundup of recent industry news focusing on the crisis and how companies are responding.

Congdon Orchards to supply Sage Fruit

Congdon Orchards Inc., Yakima, Wash., is now a supplier of Washington apples, pears and cherries to Sage Fruit Co., starting Aug. 1.“This partnership, with such an outstanding growing and packing operation, to Sage Fruit is an important step in our overall growth strategy,” Steve Clement, Sage Fruit CEO, said in the release. “It enhances our ability to supply our customers with the best tasting, highest quality tree fruit Washington State has to offer, year-round.”

Marketscope — Fruit f.o.b.s as of July 6

This information, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, shows week-by-week shipments and f.o.b.s for commodities from  shipments for the fresh market.

What's top of mind on PMG? Cucumbers and plums

Cucumbers held on to the No. 1 spot on PMG the week of July 6, but beans rose four places to No. 2, while okra stayed at No. 3. Peaches dropped to No. 4, and nudging organic pears into No. 5.

The PMG platform connects produce buyers and sellers. Below, find the top 20 searched commodities on PMG during the week of July 6.

New York growers stick to comfort zones for 2020 season

Like many growers in farm-laden upstate New York, Turek Farms, King Ferry, N.Y., has experienced a cool, dry spring and dry June.

But a few approaching rains, plus vigilant irrigation, may have solved those snags in the growing season.

“We are normally pretty well blessed with water in the Northeast, but it’s certainly been the driest June on record,” Turek said. “But if you call me back a month from now, I’ll tell you it’s way too wet.

Retail fresh fruit sales show meager gain

Retail fresh produce sales for the week ending June 28 rose at the lowest growth rate since April 19, according to research firm IRI scan data.

With sales of $1.36 billion, total fresh produce sales for the week rated 5.8% higher than the same week a year ago. Fresh vegetable sales were up 12.5% compared with year-ago levels. However, fresh fruit sales edged just 0.2% higher.

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