Among the more memorable amenities that Edése Doret created recently in the interior of a private Boeing 747-400 was a cocktail bar that could disappear from view at a moment’s notice.
"My client, a Middle Eastern businessman, enjoys alcohol, but drinking is not allowed in his country, so he wanted a secret space built onboard to hide the bar," says the Haitian-born, New York–based designer.
So Doret constructed a bar behind a bookshelf in a main-deck lounge that could be opened by flipping a hidden switch.
"The owner has access to it during flight," he explains, "but it is completely disguised when the religious police get on board to inspect the plane."
Such requests are becoming routine these days for Doret and other residential and industrial designers, who now find their services in greater demand from jet owners who are forgoing the bland blue or beige cookie-cutter designs offered by aircraft manufacturers. These individu…
GM Produce Sales LLC has added longtime mango salesman Tom Argyros to its sales staff.
Argyros joins the Hidalgo, Texas, Mexican mangos importer with more than 24 years produce industry experience, including work for Splendid Products LLC, Burlingame, Calif., Diazteca Co., Nogales, Ariz., and most recently, L&M Cos. Inc., in Raleigh, N.C.
Argyros’ extensive knowledge of the Mexican mango industry helped to develop his reputation as one of the mango trade’s top salesman, Wade Shiba, GM Produce’s president and managing partner, said in a news release.
Argyros has managed and grown relations with some of the largest retail chain stores and has also developed programs and pricing initiatives to help customers achieve steadier supplies throughout the season, Shiba said in the release.
“His experience has helped many retailers forecast supply and develop product promotions making him a great asset to any produce buyer,” Shiba said in the release.
Markets worldwide are picking up for fresh mango as season starts are running late in Guatemala and Southern Mexico.
The market in USA has picked up $1.00 per carton in the past 10 days. Current demand for smaller fruit is pushing pricing into the $7.00 per (4kg) carton range. Larger fruit is trading in the $6-7.00 range currently.
IMO is projecting a three week window for Peruvian mango shippers to sell profitably in the USA Marketplace.
In Europe, both Brazil and Ghana are running late and light and this will drive the market as well. Quotes today were running in the $7.50 per carton range for Peruvian fruit.
Through week 5 of 2013, Peru has shipped 13,614,780 cartons or the equivalent of 2,456 (40') Containers. (APEM Data)
Top 20 Shippers through week 5 of 2013:
SUNSHINE EXPORT SAC 1,558,124 CAMPOSOL SA 1,327,586 PAFRU INTERNACIONAL PERU EIRL 604,296 DOMINUS SAC 596,109 FRUTAS PIURANAS SAC 579,060 SOCIEDAD AGRICOLA SATURNO SA 558,511 FLP DEL PERU SAC 472,629 CC TROPICAL…