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INDIA : NO MANGOS ON THE MENU THIS SEASON

No mangoes on the menu Rochelle Pinto, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, April 15, 2011 Last Updated: 17:20 IST(15/4/2011)
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7 D DRIED MANGOS FROM THE PHILIPPINES

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Ready to taste the delightful and snack-healthy mango treats of The Philippines? Maybe you have been dreaming of your moments in the sun, passing a natural and sweet 7D Dried Mango across your lips?  It's a delicious experience you'll never forget.

FOCUS ON DIVERSIFICATION : 7D MANGOS (PHILIPPINES)

The company was established as a sole proprietorship in 1972, with intensive mango production as its major activity. 
It has been recognized as one of Asia’s leading producer of high value commercial crop, mangoes of which the founder garnered various awards, from the Department of Agriculture.
 Consequently, the company processed further fresh mangoes to produce various products to be exported worldwide.
            Founded by Mr. Francisco P. David, 7D Food International, Inc., is purely a Filipino family business.

PROJECT TO DEEPEN PORT OF CHARLESTON ON HOLD

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/13/2011 10:03:46 AM Graham demands money for Charleston
   U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is demanding funds be provided in the current fiscal year to study deepening the Port of Charleston.

   "It's imperative we have a 2011 study completed by the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) regarding the deepening the harbor. If we don't get done this year, we'll lose another year into a multiyear project," Graham said in a press conference Tuesday that he held with Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in Charleston.

   "I'm going to go back and tell the leadership of the Senate that this has to be dealt with and until it is dealt with, business as usual will not exist in the United States Senate," Graham said in an interview on ABC News in Charleston.



APRIL 15TH : NEW INTRA DAY VIEWERSHIP RECORD SET FOR IMO BLOG

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TALKS BREAK DOWN OVER 75 YEAR LEASE OF PORT OF GALVESTON

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/15/2011 10:45:40 AM Hutchison pulls out of Galveston talks
   Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) has ended its negotiations to lease the Port of Galveston.

   "Hutchison Port Holdings is out," said Steve Cernak, the port director told the Galveston City Council at their regular meeting on Thursday.

   Earlier this year the port announced that Hutchison and the Carlyle Group were looking at leasing the entire port for 75 years.

   A spokesman for Hutchison refused to discuss the pull out of the deal.

VOLUME UP SLIGHTLY AT LOS ANGELES AREA PORTS

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/15/2011 10:46:35 AM Divergent March growth for SoCal ports
   Container volumes at the Southern California ports collectively rose 2.8 percent in March, to just more than 1 million TEUs, according to statistics released this week.

   The Port of Los Angeles saw growth of 9.2 percent, to 600,000 TEUs, while Long Beach’s volume fell 2.5 percent, to 412,000 TEUs.

   The big change for Long Beach came in loaded inbound volume, which fell 7.5 percent, likely due the volume from its former California United Terminal (CUT) tenant Hyundai Merchant Marine migrating to Los Angeles.


 Last August, Hyundai began subletting space on APM Terminals’ massive Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles, as part of Long Beach’s plan to redevelop the former CUT facility and the existing Long Beach Container Terminal into a larger, more cohesive single terminal.


   At Los Angeles, outbound loaded volume spiked by nearly 19.1 percent, to nearly 193,000 TEUs during March.

   Ye…

FRSH FRUITS PERCEIVED AS EXPENSIVE BY CONSUMER

Source : Fresh Produce Journal
Story published: Fri 15 Apr 11 08:01


Freshfel challenges price perception


Consumer perceptions that fresh produce is expensive are not a true reflection of the marketplace and must be challenged by the industry, Freshfel has claimed.

Research conducted by the European industry body found that price is ranked by consumers across the continent as one of the top purchase criteria for fresh produce despite the fact that average weekly spend on food in the UK is only 11.5 per cent of total household expenditure and the amount spent on fresh produce is just 1.5 per cent. 
This is against a backdrop of falling inflation figures published on Tuesday by the Office of National Statistics which show that retailers are keeping shop prices down.

“Looking at all food items over the last couple of years, market observations show that prices are, all in all, rather stable,” said Freshfel president Ramon Rey.
 “Certain fruit and vegetables are even being sold at the same pr…

IMO LETTER TO NMB GOES UNANSWERED AND QUESTIONS MOUNT

IMO NOTE:
This letter dated March 11, 2011 was sent to members of the NMB Board of directors and the Executive.
To date, almost 40 days later, after promises to the contrary the NMB remains silent on the issue.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) FROM THE IMO http://growersalliancecorp.com/blog/?p=516 To All NMB Board Members:

Here is some light (and hopefully thought provoking reading) for your flight to the NMB Board meeting in Guatemala;
To Whom it may concern:
Here are some thoughts that come to mind on how to reinvent or improve the volume of work done so far by the National Mango Board (NMB) : Transparency:
Publish the minutes of Board Meetings.
Create a mechanism or “Acid test” for proposals as to the efficacy and fairness to all sectors of the mango community. Social Responsibility:
The IMO has always been a strong proponent of joint cooperation projects to better living conditions (Schools, Clinics, Medical Programs, Scholarships, etc.) that leave a visible footprint in the g…

C-TPAT : SEEK TO QUADRUPLE MEMBERSHIP IN 5 YEARS

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/14/2011 10:19:38 AM Bersin seeks to quadruple C-TPAT membershipU.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin on Wednesday announced a goal to increase the number of firms that voluntarily participate in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism from slightly more than 10,000 today to 40,000 within five years.
Bersin
The security program is designed as a force multiplier to keep contraband and terrorist weapons out of import containers so that CBP doesn’t have to spend resources checking cargo in which it has a high-level of confidence. 
Shippers who implement approved security plans for their international supply chains are certified and their cargo on average is five times less likely to receive a non-intrusive imaging exam, depending on the tier of security they have achieved, according to CBP officials.

tacler MANGO DISCUSSION GROUP ROCKS!

By Will Cavan
IMO


April 15, 2011




Today, Tax day in the USA is always a good day for revolution!


IMO Blog site is rocking towards another 500 viewer day on the heels of a great first day on tacler Mango discussion group. (tMDG)


The numbers took tacler founder Andre van der wiel by surprise as he sent out a few tweets about the good start.