Industry leaders are anxious to hear more details of a planned customs inspection station in Tijuana that will for the first time allow Mexican and U.S. officials to screen shipments of fresh produce before they reach the U.S. border at Otay Mesa, Calif.
The facility could handle 200 trucks per day, said Alejandra Mier y Teran, executive director of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce. She attended a sneak peek of the facility in October and speculated the change in Mexico’s administration after an election may have set back the opening of the facility temporarily.
Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Nogales, Ariz. said the little-known pilot project near Otay Mesa may prove a valuable concept for other ports.
“I hope that if it works they extend that same sort of thinking to Nogales, which is a much bigger port of entry for fruits and vegetables,” he said.
No details are being released about the pilot project by U.S. o…
January 9, 2013 - International Longshoremen's Association officials broke off two days of scheduled negotiations on a local contract for New York-New Jersey dockworkers after objecting to employers' proposed changes.
Federally mediated negotiations are still scheduled next week on the coastwide master contract between the ILA and United States Maritime Alliance, the umbrella group representing employers in East and Gulf coast ports.
Bargaining between the ILA and the New York Shipping Association on the ILA-NYSA local contract opened Wednesday morning but ended abruptly after sharp disagreements over work practices and other issues.
Union President Harold Daggett and other ILA leaders walked out after the NYSA proposed "revolutionary changes" in work practices at the Port of New York and New Jersey, ILA spokesman James McNamara said.
The NYSA is seeking productivity improvements and changes to work rules, some of which predate containeriza…
Según el periodista de Folha de São Paulo Alencar, este mensaje le hizo llegar Castro a Rousseff. Además, afirma que los empresarios brasileños tienen contactos con la oposición
Crédito foto: Reuters
“El propio gobierno cubano ya avisó a Brasil y a otros países de América Latina con los cuales tiene buenas relaciones que hubo este agravamiento de la salud del presidente de Venezuela. Sólo un milagro, según los cubanos, haría que Chávez se recupere para asumir un nuevo mandato”, informó Kennedy Alencar.
El periodista de Folha de São Paulo asegura que todos los días hay contactos de auxiliares de la presidente Dilma Rousseff con autoridades cubanas y venezolanas. “Están desarrollando un trabajo de articulación con otros países para garantizar la normalidad constitucional en Venezuela post Chávez”.
Es que, según detalla, hay muchos intereses brasileños en Venezuela: “Empresas brasileñas, en varias áreas, tienen muchos intereses y muchas inversiones del gobierno de Chávez. …
Girl Scout Cookie sales begin Jan. 12 and a new cookie has been added to this year's lineup.
The Mango Creme, a vanilla and coconut sandwich cookie with a mango-flavored creme filling, joins this year's offering of Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades and Thanks-a-Lots. Cookies cost $3.50 per package.
Orders will be taken from Jan. 12 until Feb. 3, and cookies will be delivered beginning Feb. 27. Booths will be set up between Feb. 27 and March 17 in locations around the Metro area.
Funds are used by GSEM for programs for girls, for adult volunteer training and for maintaining three local Girl Scout camps. Troops use their funds for everything from field trips to community service projects.
The cookie program has helped Girl Scouts practice skills such as goal setting, decision making, money m…
The extraction of pectin from mango peels is being eyed for commercialization this year. The extraction is a new technology developed by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) and the Department of Science and Technology.
Pectin is a group of carbohydrates used mainly as a stabilizer, and as gelling and thickening agent by the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
“The country imports 100 percent of its pectin needs, and by fully commercializing the technology, we could start establishing domestic firms that could gradually supply the pectin needs of the Philippine market,” PhilMech Executive Director Rex L. Bingabing said in a recent press conference.
Data from the Department of Trade and Industry showed that the country imported about 94,848 kilos of pectin, valued at $52.38 million in 2011. Bingabing sees an opportunity in the production of pectin from mango peels as the country annua…
U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) inspectors Geno DeSanto and Bob Schofield examine bananas at the Philadelphia Food Distribution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 21, 2008.USDA photo.
Exceptional grading, standardization and auditing services are the benchmarks that were set by USDA’s Fresh and Processed Products Divisions. The two organizations within USDA supported the produce industry for nearly a century, providing quality grading and auditing services that businesses and consumers could trust.
Now, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has merged the two divisions into one unit that provides the same excellent service. The new Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division offers voluntary, audit-based inspection programs – utilizing Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP).
Durante la semana correspondiente del 31 de diciembre de 2012 al 4 de enero de 2013, las importaciones de mango por parte de los Estados Unidos sumaron 1.324.204 de cajas, lo que representó un incremento del 10% en sus compras - respecto de la semana anterior - teniendo como únicos proveedores a Ecuador y Perú.
En este mismo periodo, los envíos de mango peruano hacia el mercado norteamericano sumaron las 622.204 cajas, reflejando un crecimiento del 9% en relación a la semana anterior (del 24 al 28 de diciembre de 2012), según informó la National Mango Board (NMB).
Respecto de los precios por caja de las variedades exportadas, Tommy Atkins mantuvo estable en la ciudad de Philadelphia (US$ 6.50 valor FOB) y creció en 1% al sur de Florida (US$ 7.00 valor FOB), mientras que la variedad Kent incrementó sus costos en un 1% (US$ 7.50 valor FOB) en la primera ciudad y un 5% en la segunda (US$ 8.00 valor FOB).
En ese sentido, las proyecciones de la NMB para las próximas do…
Hamad Mkopi an agronomist with the Association of Mango Growers (C) shows Beatus Malema, assistant director, Crop Promotion Section in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (in glass) varieties of mangoes at the just-ended Fourth Mango Tasting Festival in Dar es Salaam. (Photo: Correspondent Beatrice Philemon).
Amagro, Association of Mango Growers has reported an increase in members by 100 newcomers and production with sells of more than 3,000 seedlings.
This increase has also been matched with the expansion of market links with a pivotal point being reached at the just ended three-day Mango Tasting Festival held at the Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam from Friday.
The development was announced yesterday by Burton Nsape, who is the Chairman of the Association of mango growers (AMAGRO) in Tanzania who said that this year’s festival was very successful in terms of attendance, interest, sales and new membership.