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Quebec Distributing facilitating produces boxes to charities
When Marvin Quebec, president of Oakland, CA-based Quebec Distributing Inc. initially heard about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program, he noted that many worthy charities were not being serviced. A month later after participating in a seminar on the program during United Fresh LIVE!, he Read More ...
Meijer opens five supercenters in the Midwest
Meijer has opened five supercenters across the Midwest. Located in Manitowoc, WI, Sycamore, IL, Bad Axe, MI, and Brimfield and Lorain, OH, the 159,000-square-foot stores offer a state-of-the-art shopping experience, providing customers multiple ways to shop in a specialty store environment. "These new stores reinforce our Read More ...
Well•Pict digital retail kit to heat up summer sales
Well•Pict Berries launched its Well•Pict Digital Retail Kit, a promotional tool to help its retail partners increase their online berry marketing efforts. The kit will include marketing materials for every member of the produce department, from produce buyers to department merchandisers. It is tailored to help and guide a Read More ...
Stemilt to host Virtual Cherry College webinar
Stemilt is bringing its in-person cherry education experience to the computer screen for the inaugural Stemilt U: Virtual Cherry College webinar. The 60-minute webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 22 at 2 p.m. EST. Led by Tate Mathison, Stemilt director of sales, the webinar will take attendees through the cherry Read More ...
Fresh Thyme partnership brings same-day delivery to the Midwest
Specialty retailer Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is partnering with Shipt, making it more convenient to conquer healthy living goals. Customers in 30 metro areas across the Midwest region will have access to this new offering from Shipt and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, giving more than 10 million households this option for Read More ...
A bridge too Pharr: $3.7M of meth found in produce
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted $3.7 million worth of alleged methamphetamine that was hidden within a commercial shipment of fresh produce. “Our officers at the cargo facility are committed to upholding our border security mission Read More ...
Albertsons' Jim Donald: Organics a driver for continued retail growth
Blockbuster sales of organic fresh produce and a spike of in-home eating will continue to propel strong retail growth over the next 18 months, according  to Jim Donald, Albertsons’ Cos. co-chairman, in an exclusive virtual presentation for the Organic Produce Summit. As part of  wide-ranging interview with Kevin Coupe of Read More ...

British Columbia, which is large producer of cherries and berries this time of year, will experience a heat wave starting today and lasting through next Wednesday. Temperatures will rise approximate 10 degrees above where they were yesterday. Max temps will range from the mid-80s to low 90s depending on the exact location in the area. These warmer temps could have a positive impact on production numbers. Temperatures will return to normal (70s to low 80s) starting next Thursday.weat

California's San Joaquin Valley will see a warming trend this weekend with high temps rising by four to five degrees, getting to a peak of 105 on Monday. By next Thursday, however, things will change, and highs will drop to the mid-90s with low temps in the upper 60s. Next week’s temps will be six degrees below normal.

Parts of Chile will experience a mid-winter heat wave starting today and continuing through next Tuesday. Many citrus-growing regions will see a temperature jump of 20 degrees from yesterday to today. Max daily temps will be in the mid-70s today and will hit a max of 82 on Sunday before cooling off on Monday. Temperatures will remain warm through Tuesday before dipping back down into the low 60s on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The minimum temp for the region will get as high as 46 during this time before dropping back in the upper 30s later next week.

Hurricane Center Update
The disturbance off the coast of Florida is expected to bring heavy rainfall to portions of the Florida peninsula during the next day or two. Significant development of this system is not expected before it merges with a front and accelerates northeastward off the southeastern U.S. coast on Sunday. Georgia may not see any effects from the storm.

The Weathermelon app offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)

 

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