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RANKING OF TOP USA IMPORTERS FOR MEXICAN MANGOES FOR THE 2011 SEASON

Ranking of    TOP 10    USA Importers for mangoes from Mexico as of May 24, 2011




1.- G.M. Produce Sales...........................................3,769394 (4kg) Cartons


2. - Freska Produce International..............................2,220,046 cartons


3. - Coast Tropical...................................................1,853,720 cartons


4. - Paulmex International.........................................1,813,833 cartons


5. - Food Source.....................................................1,600,940 cartons


6. - Splendid Products.............................................1,406,251 cartons


7. - Ciruli Brothers...................................................1,382,653 cartons


8. - Farmers Best........................................................954,892 cartons


9. -  Cabefruit Produce................................................797,874 cartons


10. - E.B. International.................................................546,874 cartons




ALL OTHERS...................................................…

CONGRESO EN MEXICO D.F. ESTE 2 DE JUNIO 2011

CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIAS PARA LA PRODUCCION DE MANGO (MEXICO D.F.) JUNIO 2, 2011

LULU HYPERMARKETS PROMOTES "FIRST OF IT'S KIND" MANGOMANIA FESTIVAL IN SAUDI ARABIA

RIYADH: More than 100 varieties of mangoes from at least 10 countries will be on display and sale for the first time in Saudi Arabia at Lulu’s International Mango Festival. The festival, dubbed as “Mango Mania,” the first of its kind to be hosted by Lulu Hypermarkets of Riyadh and Alkhobar, comes in line with the policies of the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture, which has intensified efforts to promote cultivation of this cash crop in the country’s southern region. Addressing a press conference here Monday night, Shehim Mohammed Unni, Lulu’s regional director, said: “The 10-day festival, beginning Wednesday, is the first festival of its kind that supports the Saudi government’s initiative to boost cultivation of mangoes, which in turn can give a fillip to the agricultural economy.”
http://arabnews.com/economy/article427674.ece





ITS MANGO SEASON IN GUAM; AND THAT MEANS 5th ANNUAL AGAT FESTIVAL !

It's that time of year again, when the island breeze carries the sweet, pungent aroma of mango throughout the villages of Guam.

And there's no better place to get a taste of all things mango than the 5th Annual Agat Mango Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Agat Sagan Bisita.

Agat Mayor Carol Tayama aims to make this year's ode to mango better than the last.
http://www.guampdn.com/article/20110525/COMMUNITIES/105250312

AFTER ALL THE SET BACKS, INDIA IS ON TRACK TO EXPORT 17.5 million (4kg) cartons this season

IMO NOTE: INDIA CONSUMES THE MAJORITY OF IT'S OWN PRODUCTION. LESS THAN 3% OF PRODUCTION IS EXPORTED.

India may export 70,000 tn of mangoes this yr: APEDAPress Trust of India / New Delhi May 24, 2011, 17:13 IST


India's mango exports are expected to rise marginally to 70,000 tonne this year on expectation of better availability of the export-quality fruit, according to the agri-export promotion body APEDA. 
The country is estimated to have exported 65,000 tonne of mangoes in the 2010 season (March-July), the provisional official data showed.  

"The mango export season has just begun. We expect the total outbound shipments to touch 70,000 tonne this year," a senior official of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) said. 
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/india-may-export-70000-tnmangoes-this-yr-apeda-/136283/on

ALIMENTARIA MEXICO: MAJOR FOOD FAIR IN MEXICO CITY ( MAY 31 - June 2, 2011 )

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A STUDY OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TRADE IMBALANCE & CURRENCY VALUES

New empirical data suggest the link between an economy’s current account and the value of its currency may not be nearly as clear-cut as conventional economic wisdom holds. The formula is so universally accepted it borders on the simplistic: a weak currency plus exports equals trade boom. A weaker dollar, which recently fell to near three-year lows, helped send U.S. exports soaring last year by 21% to a cumulative $1.28 trillion, the sharpest rise since 1988. However, the current account — the broad measure of trade plus goods and services — remains in deficit, largely because the U.S. still imports much of its oil. To the extent that a weak dollar has improved American trade competitiveness, recent research from Citibank raises questions about exactly how much of a trade bang the U.S. — or for that matter any other country — can expect to get from a weaker buck. The United States stands virtually alone among developed nations with its large current account deficit, currently about 3% of …

AS DEADLINE APPROACHES; HUNTS POINT MARKET PLANS REMAIN IN "LIMBO"

The produce vendors at Hunts Point are not even close to signing a new lease with the city—the current one expires on May 31—but they are likely to stay in the Bronx for at least the next several years. City officials and members of the Terminal Produce Cooperative Market say they are hammering out a short-term extension while they haggle over a 30- or 40-year lease that would include a $320 million revamp of the antiquated facility, the country's largest wholesale produce market. But a temporary arrangement with New York will not stop the cooperative's talks with New Jersey officials, who are aggressively trying to persuade the market to relocate. In fact, a significant minority of the 47 members of the cooperative are fed up with the dilapidated site and with the city's dithering on how to fund an upgrade. They want to move to the Garden State and are putting further pressure on the tense negotiations between the city and the produce executives. “Three years ago, the city h…

FOCUS ON SENEGAL (WEST AFRICA) TRAVEL ADVISORY IN PLACE FOR ALL THOSE WISHING TO DO BUSINESS

Senegal.

 Dakar is a strange city.


A lot of downtown feels European, modern and rich, but it is also one of the most dangerous cities in Africa.


The danger decreases exponentially as you move away from downtown. The rest of Senegal is, in fact, quite safe. It is also odd that Dakar seems to have a lively night life. We went to a disco till 2am and walked back to the hotel with no problem (but we had left all valuables in the hotel).




There is little of interest in Dakar. The Isle de Goree is (to say the least) overpriced at $10 (the ferry leaves from the Embarcadere near the Gare).


The worst experience in Dakar is consistently its airport. When you arrive, you have to survive the crowd of aggressive hustlers. There is actually a back exit that foreigners are not told about and that allows you to skip the whole big mess.


When you come out of customs, just walk straight ahead of you instead of turning right towards the main square.


This will take you to the road where you can easily…

ALL EYES ON WEST AFRICA MANGO PRODUCTION AS SEASONS SHIFT NORTH

FOCUS ON SENEGAL (WEST AFRICA) MANGO PRODUCTION & FRUIT FLY PROBLEMS

Mango production and export in Senegal is threatened mainly by one specie of fruit fly 
Bactocera invadens. 


The main recipient of Senegalese mangoes is Benelux with 55% of export, 
followed by the United Kingdom (29%) and by France (11%). 


Mango export progressed from 1600 tons to over 7000 tons per year between 2002 to 2006. 


Operators remain convinced that losses due to the fruit fly have prevented them from reaching the 10,000 tons objective that they have fixed for the  2006 campaign.


 Losses due B. invadens in the Niayes zone, which produces over 60% of mangoes 
exported from Senegal have been estimated between 20 and 60%.


 Losses in two other main production zones of mango are typically higher due to the type of orchards, they average between 50 and 85 %, and in extreme cases reaching 100% in the Petite Côte and Bas Saloum region and they range between 50 and 75% in the Casamance region. 


According to the data recorded by the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office (data at end…

DUTCH GROUP FOCUSES ON GENETIC RESEARCH ON BEHALF OF GOVERNMENT

The Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN) conducts, on behalf of the Dutch government, statutory research tasks associated with the genetic diversity and identity of species that are important for agriculture and forestry.



CGN is an independent research unit within DLO Foundation that assists the government in its statutory tasks. Its activities are aimed at the ex situ conservation, support for in situ conservation, and promotion of the use of genetic propagation material in support of breeding and research, and as part of our bio-cultural heritage. 



Policy support of the Dutch government and international organizations is provided as a complementarily activity. The programme concerns crops and forest species as well as domestic animals.




http://www.cgn.wur.nl/UK/



CONCERNS MOUNT IN GERMANY AS E.COLI OUTBREAKS TAKE HIGH TOLL

E. coli outbreak worries Germany

Worries grew in Germany Tuesday about infections caused by a strain of the E. coli bacterium after authorities reported the death of an 83-year-old and a "very unusual" number of cases.

The health ministry in the northern state of Lower Saxony said that an autopsy was being carried out on the woman who died Saturday after suffering from bloody diarrhoea for a week.

The woman was confirmed to have been infected with enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), but tests were being carried out to see if this led to her death, the ministry said in a statement. The cause of the infection has not been found, but experts believe that infections can be due to contaminated fresh produce.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the national disease-control and prevention agency, said that over the past two weeks more than 80 cases of potentially fatal haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), caused by EHEC, have been recorded.

"The number of serious cases in such a sho…

FRESHFEL: FROM THE FARM GATE TO THE DINNER PLATE ; UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS

Dedicated fresh produce supply chain is serving consumers from farm to fork

To better understand and value the price of fresh fruit and vegetables, consumers should be aware that the way “from farm to fork” is not as simple as it is often thought to be. Various actors within the fresh produce supply chain, which are represented at the European level through Freshfel, play a crucial role to ensure consumers are getting a large diversity of tasty products in the best possible quality at any time and any place.


 However, given the freshness and perishability of fresh produce, the sector ensures at the same time that the supply chain is as short as possible and only as long as necessary.

In today's modern societies, consumers are demanding and are used to have access to fresh produce any time and at any place, no matter if it is a large supermarket, a small corner shop, a street market or in a restaurant. 


To secure and offer a diverse range of fresh, tasty and high quality fruit and veg…

FOOD SAFETY A PRIORITY FOR WORLD BANK & APEC NATIONS

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/19/2011 10:17:39 AM APEC, World Bank tackle food safety   Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the World Bank on Wednesday entered a memorandum of understanding to strengthen collaboration on food safety in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for more than 40 percent of the world’s population and nearly half of global food production.

The APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance’s Food Safety Cooperation Forum and the bank will work together on training programs to improve food safety standards and practices in the region, as well as to facilitate trade.

   The programs will allow more growers, producers and food safety officials to understand and use preventative controls -- resulting in safer food for consumers and fewer safety incidents in food trade.

   “Food trade is increasingly becoming a global issue with complex and interrelated supply chains, which raises the need to address the question of food safety,” said APEC Secret…

CBP HEAD COMMENTS ON USA - CANADA RENEWAL OF PRECLEARANCE PROGRAM

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/23/2011 10:08:45 AM U.S., Canada renew cargo pre-clearance effort
   U.S. Customs and Border Protection and its Canadian counterpart are seeking to establish a cargo pre-clearance program that would allow admissibility decisions to be made before rail and truck shipments reach the border, Commissioner Alan Bersin told a Senate panel last Tuesday.

   Asked about delays for commercial motor carriers along the northern border, Bersin said CBP and the Canadian Border Services Agency hope to implement a pilot program for advance cargo release in the near future.

   “The notion is to move our processes into the foreign country so we can avoid lengthening the lines at the arrival port of entry,” Bersin told a reporter following testimony before the Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, refugees and border security.

   Upcoming meetings between Bersin and CBSA President Luc Portelance are scheduled in Washington and Ottawa during which specifics of …

MARKET WAITS FOR COSTCO EARNINGS REPORT: HOW WILL THEY FARE IN THE FACE OF INFLATION ?

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