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USA MARKET UPDATE: MARKET IS MEXICO'S TO MAKE OR BREAK.....

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)


May 16, 2011




For the first time this season we have finally seen Mexico pull back on volume shipped in to the USA market.


This has coincided with a season end to Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Costa Rican shipments bringing a drastic reduction from May1-8 data versus May 8-15 import figures.


Total imports for May 1-8 equalled 3,290,240 versus 2,466,700 (4kg) cartons for this past seven days (May 8-15)


Mexico week to week comparison saw volume moderate slightly dropping a little over 410,000 cartons dropping from 2,641,873 down to 2,231,269 cartons from one week to the next.


The next few days will be telling. 


If Mexico can keep volume down we may see FOBs up and over the $4.00 -4.50 range for the first time since February.

WEALMOOR LTD. LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE AND TELLS A WONDERFUL STORY OF A TRUE LEADER THAT COVERS ALL THE BASES

IMO NOTE: WEALMOOR LTD & the IMO have a wonderful relationship that dates back to the early 1990s. In 2000 the IMO visited Wealmoor in England and cemented a continuing relationship. Congrats to a true leader !

From potatoes and onions to mangoes and papayas we've delivered a whole world of wonderful fresh produce for over 30 years.
1973Founded by Mr Rati Dhanani with the same passion for fresh produce we keep today Rati Dhanani, a pioneer of export 


horticulture from Kenya in the 1960's, 


established Wealmoor Ltd in 1973 after 


identifying the potential market for exotics 


in the UK and the need to expand sources 


outside of Kenya.
 Under his continued leadership the 


business has grown, evolved and adapted 


embracing change and challenge alike, 


underpinned by the same passion for fresh 


produce that launched the business in 


1973.
Having established a domestic business to 


grow potatoes and onions (previously 


imported) he was granted an audience 


with President Jomo Kenyatta of the 


new…

BBC VIDEO REPORT: THE RISING COST OF KING ALPHONSO THIS MANGO SEASON

India releases its key inflation figures later on Monday and the wholesale price index is expected to have risen by more than 8% in April, compared to a year ago. Yet while the rate of inflation may be easing, food prices remain extremely high. The cost of fruit, for example, has gone up by a third in the past year. Among the biggest hikes is India's king of fruits, the mango, as the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan reports from Mumbai.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/13408029


SIQUIJOR ISLAND, PHILIPPINES TO BENEFIT FROM DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY MANGO PROCESSING TRAINING PROGRAM

SIQUIJOR, Siquijor, Philippines – Aiming to help and assist mango growers here, the Region 7 office of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) through its provincial office is set to hold a three-day training on mango processing and packaging today, May 17 until May 19 at the Mango Processing House here. The training will help some 25 mango growers and facilitators in the province in producing quality processed mangoes that can compete with other processed products in the market.
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/318445/dost-sets-mango-processing-and-package-training-siquijor-island


POWAI, INDIA PREPARES FOR FIRST EVER MANGO FESTIVAL

Powai - 15 MAY 11 : 






















The max temperature in Western India and particularly Powai is touching around 36 deg these days, very hot indeed. But the Hapoos (Alphonso) mangoes are the ones that bring respite from the hot weather.
The Konkan Development Corporation along with the Horticulture Dept of Maharashtra, Agriculture Ministry has organised an 'Amba Mahotsav' or a Mango Festival running at the Cinema Grounds in Old Powai from 11 May to 17 May.
 It is for the first time that such a festival has been organised in Powai. 
The initiative has been taken by MLA Vinod Tawde who is also the president of Konkan Pratishthan.
http://www.planetpowai.com/news/1505201102.htm


IRRADIATION PROTOCOL AND COUNTRIES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN USDA/APHIS/PPQ PROTOCOL

SHOPPING TRENDS INDICATE THAT CONSUMERS ARE MAKING LESS VISITS TO THE SUPERMARKET

DALLAS — Supermarket profitability slipped to a new low in 2010 as consumers increasingly focused on bargains and made fewer trips to the store, according to data released at Food Marketing Institute’s Future Connect conference here last week.
Leslie Sarasin discusses the FMI surveys during Future Connect last week. (Photo by Jim Olvera) Median profits before income taxes and extraordinary items fell to 1.57% last year, FMI’s 2011 Speaks survey of retailers found. 
It was the lowest margin reported in the last 10 years, falling slightly below 2009 levels of 1.62%. In addition, FMI’s 2011 Trends survey of consumers found that consumers reduced their frequency of grocery shopping trips to 1.69 per week, the lowest in the 62-year history of the survey. 


About 34% of shoppers only bought groceries once a week, up from 29% a year ago, and those shopping only once every other week increased to 20%, vs. 12% a year ago.

http://supermarketnews.com/retail_financial/shopping_trips_0513/







CROWELY MIAMI FACILTY DISIGNATED HIGH SECURITY AREA

Crowley Warehouse Wins High-Security Designation
Joseph Bonney | May 16, 2011 8:27PM GMT The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
 |   |   |   |  Company built State Department-approved facility in Miami The State Department designated Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Miami logistics warehouse as a Consolidated Receiving Point facility, allowing the company to act as a subcontractor for high-security logistics projects such as construction and renovation of U.S. embassies. In order to be approved as a CRP, Crowley built a secure facility within the warehouse, in order with State Department specifications, and restricts the area to qualified employees with special security clearance.
http://www.joc.com/warehousingdistribution/crowley-warehouse-wins-high-security-designation


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WHEN MANKIND RECYCLES: THE INVISIBLE ENVIRONMENTALISTS AROUND THE WORLD

There may be as many as 1.5 million waste pickers in India. 


Most make the equivalent of $2 a day.


 In Delhi, India's largest city, waste pickers reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1 million tons a year, according to Chintan, a Delhi-based non-governmental agency.


 Globally, there are estimated to be 15 million waste pickers working in developing countries.




http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=invisible-environmentalists-help-clean-up-india&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_SP_20110516





FUTURE POTENTIAL GROWING REGIONS FOR MANGO PER APHIS/PPQ FRUIT FLY FREE ZONES

Australia, Northern Mexico, Peten region of Guatemala, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador....under the right circumstances, some of these regions could be fruit fly free zones and should be looked into as potential sites for growing mangoes free of the HWT protocol...




http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/manuals/ports/downloads/DesignatedPestFreeAreas.pdf



ENERGY SOURCES WILL COME FROM RADICAL "OUTSIDE THE BOX" THINKING

Interactive Features | Energy & Sustainability
7 Radical Energy Solutions, Made InteractiveThis Web-only article is a special rich-media presentation of the feature, "7 Radical Energy Solutions," which appears in the May 2011 issue of Scientific American (subscribe here). The presentation was created by Zemi media. Find all our other interactive offerings here

SEARCH FOR NEW SPECIES OF FUNGI...COULD POTENTIALLY DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE BIOLOGICAL KINGDOM

By Marian Turner of Nature magazine When a research team started analyzing the genetics of micro-organisms from their university pond, they might have expected to find a couple of new species. Instead, they discovered a group of fungi that could double the size of that biological kingdom. Thomas Richards, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Exeter, UK, and his colleagues have called the fungi the cryptomycota, or 'hidden fungi', because they have remained undiscovered until now, despite being present in common environments. Mycologists usually study fungi that can be grown in the lab, and Richards says that this has given them a biased understanding of fungal diversity. By looking at environmental samples, his team has rewritten the fungal evolutionary tree. The results are published today in Nature.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-evolutionary-tree-of-fungi-new-branch&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_EVO_20110516

A LIFE WORTH LIVING...IS A LIFE WORTH LIVING WELL

Here's what I see when I look not just at the surface, but deep inside the heart of the economy today: Instead of an "energy industry," I see a resource addiction that saps money and preserves self-destructive expectations.


 I see, instead of food and education "industries," an obesity epidemic and a debt-driven education crisis. Instead of a pharmaceutical industry,


 I see a new set of mental and physical discontents, like rates of suspiciously normally "abnormal" mental illnesses and drugs whose lists of "side effects" are longer than the Magna Carta.


 Instead of a "media industry," I see news that actually misinforms instead of enlightening — rusting the beams of democracy — and entertainment that merely titillates

http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2011/05/is_a_well_lived_live_worth_anything.html



USDA RESEARCHERS SHEDDING LIGHT ON FOOD SAFETY ISSUES

SCIENCE & RESEARCH
USDA Researchers Shed Light on Produce Safety
BY CLAIRE MITCHELL | MAY 16, 2011 Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service(ARS) 
working at the Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Research Laboratoryin Beltsville, 
Maryland, have developed and patented an advanced scanning system to be used in fresh