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DRUG WARS: Two of Latin America's deadliest gangs join forces....

Associated Press
Published 07:16 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2012




FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2010 file photo, weapons seized during a police and military raid are displayed in Coban, province of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. In Dec. 2010, the Guatemalan military declared a month long state of siege in Alta Verapaz in hopes of reclaiming cities that have been taken over by Mexico's Zetas drug gang. Guatemalan authorities say they have begun to see new and disturbing evidence of an alliance between the Mara Salvatrucha street gang and the Zetas drug cartel, one of the most feared criminal organizations in Latin America, a deal with the potential to further undermine the U.S.-backed effort to fight violent crime and narcotics trafficking in the region. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)










GUATEMALA CITY — Hardened in the streets and prisons of California and deported in the 1990s to the Central American countries where they were born, the members of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang swiftly grew into a for…

China curries favor in the Caribbean, Worrying US

Published: Saturday, 7 Apr 2012 | 10:05 PM ET

By: Jason Henry








NASSAU, the Bahamas - A brand new $35 million stadium opened here in the Bahamas a few weeks ago, a gift from the Chinese government.




Stuart Dee | Getty Images



The tiny island nation of Dominica has received a grammar school, a renovated hospital and a sports stadium, also courtesy of the Chinese. Antigua and Barbuda got a power plant and a cricket stadium, and a new school is on its way. 

The prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago can thank Chinese contractors for the craftsmanship in her official residence.


China’s economic might has rolled up to America’s doorstep in the Caribbean, with a flurry of loans from state banks, investments by companies and outright gifts from the government in the form of new stadiums, roads, official buildings, ports and resorts in a region where the United States has long been a prime benefactor.



The Chinese have flexed their economic prowess in nearly every corner of the world. But planting a flag …

CHIAPAS: “Coyotes” Acaparan Producción de Mango ....

* Tienen el control de comercialización y mangueros pretenden movilizaciones




"Coyotes" Acaparan Producción de Mango




Huixtla, Chiapas, 06 de febrero.- Más de cuatrocientos productores de mango Ataulfo se declaran en quiebra ante la voracidad de los intermediarios compradores, quienes controlan el mercado de precios, provocando que no alcancen su poder adquisitivo; la situación ha generado el descontento generalizado de los productores quienes invierten fuertes cantidades para lograr una buena cosecha y finalmente son víctimas de los “Coyotes” que bajan el precio al producto hasta donde ellos quieren.



Refieren que el lunes pasado, estuvieron pagando la reja de mango Ataulfo en las bodegas de la estación de Huehuetán que es lugar receptora de producto, pero el día lunes le bajaron a doscientos ochenta pesos, jueves y viernes a doscientos treinta, y el día Sábado a ciento cincuenta pesos la reja.


Ante tal situación, los mangueros de la región del Soconusco anunciaron movilizacio…

SECRET WEAPON: Starbucks Mango Smoothie in the Afghanistan Battlefield ...

2012 MEXICO SEASON TOTALS: USA Importer rankings Through April 05, 2012 ...

Acumulado General Temporada 2012

Distribuidor Total Cajas  Total %

GM PRODUCE SALES LLC  1,296,018  12.20%

CIRULI BROTHERS  1,285,024  12.10% 

FRESKA PRODUCE INTERNATIONAL LLC.  1,086,563  10.23%

CABEFRUIT PRODUCE LLC  736,290  6.93%

FOOD SOURCE TEXAS  617,326  5.81%

PAULMEX INT'L. LTD  611,072  5.75%


SPLENDID PRODUCTS  502,430  4.73%

COAST TROPICAL  383,187  3.61%


LONDON FRUIT, INC.  349,894  3.29%


FARMER`S BEST INT. LLC  318,936  3.00%


EB INTERNATIONAL  253,540  2.39%


DEKALB FARMERS MARKET 250,488  2.36% 

BEST ORIENTAL PRODUCE, INC.  242,534  2.28%

HIGUERAL PRODUCE, INC 218,027  2.05%


VISION PRODUCE PARTNERS OF TEXAS LLC.  180,407  1.70%

PACIFIC ORGANIC, INC.  174,828  1.65%


GRANDE PRODUCE LTD,CO.  170,328  1.60%

PROVIDENCIA FRESH LLC  155,400  1.46%

RCF PRODUCE INC.  149,112  1.40% 

LA MINITA PRODUCE, LLC  122,800  1.16% 

G.MENDEZ AND COMPANY INC  114,888  1.08% 

DIAZTECA COMPANY  105,311  0.99%


GLOBE PRODUCE DISTRIBUTING INC  96,714  0.91%


TAVILLA SALES CO.  89,472  0.84%


EMPACADORA DE MANGO DEL NOROESTE S.A DE C.V 89,233  0.84%


DO…

EMEX DATA: Who has the mangoes...week 14 import data by USA Importer (Through April 05, 2012) ...

Semana 14, del 01 al 07 de Abril de 2012DistribuidorTotal CajasTotal %GM PRODUCE SALES LLC203,26412.97%CIRULI BROTHERS177,77611.35%FRESKA PRODUCE INTERNATIONAL LLC.139,4548.90%FOOD SOURCE TEXAS137,9298.80%SPLENDID PRODUCTS87,3325.57%COAST TROPICAL85,6115.46%PAULMEX INT'L. LTD83,0445.30%LONDON FRUIT, INC.80,5685.14%CABEFRUIT PRODUCE LLC70,5784.51%DEKALB FARMERS, MARKET55,9683.57%FARMER`S BEST INT. LLC52,4163.35%EB INTERNATIONAL42,7132.73%TAVILLA SALES CO.28,0321.79%GRANDE PRODUCE LTD,CO.26,3281.68%DIAZTECA COMPANY23,1521.48%EMPACADORA DE MANGO DEL NOROESTE S.A DE C.V23,0021.47%GLOBE PRODUCE DISTRIBUTING INC19,9921.28%PROVIDENCIA FRESH LLC19,6081.25%J & D PRODUCE19,3251.23%VISION PRODUCE PARTNERS OF TEXAS LLC.18,3851.17%BEST ORIENTAL PRODUCE, INC.18,0241.15%PROGRESO PRODUCE LTD 1LP16,9921.08%HIGUERAL PRODUCE, INC15,2020.97%PACIFIC ORGANIC, INC.14,0760.90%LA MINITA PRODUCE, LLC11,5600.74%RCF PRODUCE INC.9,7200.62%NATURES FRESH S…

MEXICO EXPORTS: WEEK 14 DATA through April 05, 2012 .....

Tommy Atkins volume is beginning to pick up as Ataulfo drops to less than 50% of all cultivars coming into the USA market.









Semana 14, del 01 al 07 de Abril de 2012

VariedadCalibreTotal CajasTotal %ATAULFO82230.03%93750.05%101,7280.23%116930.09%1227,0203.52%136,6870.87%14139,01918.13%158,9861.17%16137,88517.98%18187,33924.43%20119,59315.59%2281,36910.61%234,0660.53%2435,0374.57%262,3040.30%3610,8751.42%BABY3,7250.49%
Total ATAULFO   766,924 48.95%



HADEN64940.21%73,3001.38%89,7284.07%930,08212.60%1061,42025.72%1289,02837.29%1441,33717.31%165760.24%223500.15%

The "Champagne" of all Mangoes is still an Ataulfo anyway you slice it...

Ciruli must have this buyer in his "pocket"....



No doubt about it, nobody "culls" their Ataulfo mangoes like the Ciruli Brothers. I wonder how many runs before they get a box of mangoes?



Posted by by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Thursday, April 5, 2012



Mangoes have been my favorite piece of fruit since I was little; I remember constantly asking my parents to buy mangoes at the store. We would watch them ripen on the counter, turn a brilliant color and wrinkle a bit before we cut in and enjoyed. The process was almost as fun as the eating! 

I was living in Arizona as a boy when I first developed my love for mangos - I even planted the pit to see if I could grow my own tree (unsuccessfully of course). 

They have a flavor unlike any other fresh fruit.







Mangoes are native to South Asia, near eastern India. A distant relative to the pistachio and the cashew, the mango has traveled the globe, grown in the Middle East, Africa, Brazil, Mexico, and even the United States. 

This rapid …

Mango season is upon us ....

Here in the heartland of North America, mangoes remain a little known, novelty item, and truly, like many other exotic things, e.g., seafood, tropical fruits are best when consumed and enjoyed in the shade of the tree from which they were picked. 


Having traveled around the tropics a great deal, and having a professional interest in economically important plants, the Phactor has tried quite a long life list of tropical fruits. 

So speaking from considerable experience, the mango is one of the world's best fruits, succulent, juicy, and when just right, with a wonderful sweet-tart rich mango flavor. 

So naturally my interest was keen when "Ataulfo" mangoes showed up in a local market. It should not surprise you to encounter a variety of mango with which you are unfamiliar because, as the poster shows, there are hunderds of varieties and the only place in North America where you can get more than a handful is Fairchild Tropical Garden.

Mangoes shipped to distant regions can be …

ROUBINI REVISITED: A look at projections for the Global Economy ....

Nouriel Roubini is the cofounder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an independent, global macroeconomic and market strategy research firm. 

The firm’s website, Roubini.com, has been named one of the best economics web resources by BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist.

He is also a professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Dr. Roubini has extensive policy experience as well as broad academic credentials. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the senior economist for international affairs on the White House Council of Economic Advisors and then the senior advisor to the undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, helping to resolve the Asian and global financial crises, among other issues. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and numerous other prominent public and private institutions have drawn upon his consulting expertise.

He has published over 70 theoretical, empirical and policy pape…

TODO LISTO: Historia de las Cumbres: de Miami a Cartagena ...

Miami En 1994 el entonces presidente de Estados Unidos, Bill Clinton, escogió la capital de Florida como sede de la histórica reunión de 33 jefes de Estado americanos.



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En los últimos 17 años las cinco cumbres de las Américas han reflejado los cambios económicos, políticos e ideológicos del continente.


Sábado 7 Abril 2012




En diciembre de 1994 el recién elegido presidente de Estados Unidos Bill Clinton convocó a 33 jefes de Estado del continente americano a una cita en la más latinoamericana de sus ciudades, Miami. 

Tras la caída del muro de Berlín y la ola democrática que se llevó casi todas las dictaduras de la región, era la primera reunión de este tipo en la historia. 



Así nació la Cumbre de las Américas, bajo la iniciativa de Washington y en la mitad de una década marcada por las reformas liberales, el regreso de la democracia y un optimismo sobre el futuro económico. 

Como lo recuerda el periodista Michael Reid en El continente olvidado, había "un tono de celebración"…