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READY TO PAY $6.00 FOR A MANGO JUICE / SMOOTHIE ??? ... STARBUCKS IS IN THE GAME ...

Nearly every day of my adult life, I have seen one or more people carrying around a cup of brand-name coffee. Almost each and every time, I about choked to death on my own laughter. Now, those same folks will have the opportunity to entertain the frugal half of America by purchasing overpriced juice to go along with their overpriced coffee.



Wednesday, Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced that it acquired Evolution Fresh, a company which makes premium juices. Starbucks has seen success with expanded healthier menu items to deliver the nutritious, on-the-go options consumers are seeking.

 With this acquisition, Starbucks will reinvent the $1.6 billion super-premium juice segment, its significant next step in entering the larger $50 billion Health and Wellness sector.



This acquisition will position Starbucks as a potential leader in the Health and Wellness sector, at least as far as retail and service segments of the industry go. With Starbucks locations already situated across…

DR. IAN BALLY LEADS GROUP USING GENETIC BREEDING TO CREATE ANTHRACNOSE RSISTANT MANGOES IN AUSTRALIA ...

Wild mangoes seen here may hold the key to fighting anthracnose



Mangoes with anthracnose in later stages (Post harvest)


Anthracnose on mangoes still on the tree




Scientists studying wild mangoes to try to fight fungal disease

By Karen Hunt

Friday, 11/11/2011







Wild mangoes could hold the key to increasing resistance to a devastating disease of the commercial crop.




Mango anthracnose is a fungal disease which can cause large, sunken black bruises on the fruit, making it unsaleable.




While the disease can be controlled with chemical sprays, most of the commercial varieties have little or poor natural resistance.




So researchers in Queensland are now looking at the wild relatives of mangoes to see if they could provide a genetic boost to resistance levels.




However, principal horticulturalist Dr Ian Bally says genetically modified mangoes aren't on the horizon.



"Genetic engineering theoretically is possible, but there's a couple of steps in the process that require tissue culturing and regene…

AUSTRALIA'S MANGO FARMERS KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ANTHRACNOSE ...

ABC Rural Report

Rural News and Information for North and Far North Queensland, Friday November 11 2011

By Karen Hunt, Townsville





Search for wild mango disease gene



Karen Hunt

As north Queensland mangoes head to market, growers will be monitoring constantly for signs of anthracnose.

The post-harvest disease is a major spoiler of the fruit and cause up to 30 per cent of a crop to be lost.

Anthracnose can be controlled by chemical spraying but researchers have turned to some of the plants wild relatives to see if they can provide any genetic gain for resistance to the disease.

DEEDI's principal horticulturalist Dr Ian Bally says they are searching through the wild varieties currently under cultivation on the Tablelands.





Mangoes are being closely monitored for signs of anthracnose  (Steven Schubert)
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As north Queensland mangos head to market, growers will be monitoring constantly for signs of anthracnose.

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WHEN...NOT IF...CHAVEZ IS GONE...WILL VENEZUELAN MANGO EXPORTS RECOVER TO FORMER GLORY ??? ...

Venezuela

Noriega: Chávez cancer progressing faster than expected

A former official in the Bush administration said in a column that President Hugo Chávez is in worse health than he has let on.


Hugo Chavez
Ariana Cubillos / AP

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ADELGADO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM



President Hugo Chávez’s cancer is spreading faster than expected and his doctors fear that he may have only a few months left to live, a former U.S. government official said Wednesday, citing sources inside the Venezuelan government.


“The international team of doctors in charge of treating Hugo Chávez’s cancer does not expect him to live more than six months,” said Roger Noriega, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States.


Noriega’s opinion came in a c…

STARBUCKS ADDS MANGO SMOOTHIE TO THE MENU WITH ACQUISITION OF JUICE COMPANY ...

By Antoine Gara


11/10/11 - 04:21 PM EST

Stock quotes in this article:SBUX, WFM, DNKN





NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Starbucks (SBUX_) the world's biggest coffee chain, said Thurdsay that it would make a push into juice sales by buying Evolution Fresh for $30 million. For Starbucks, it's a move into juices, which it sells via chilled drinks like orange mango juice and strawberry smoothies.


More on SBUX

Starbucks Acquires Evolution Fresh To Establish National Retail And Grocery Health And Wellness Brand



In a press release announcing the purchase Starbucks said, "Starbucks will reinvent the $1.6 billion super-premium juice segment, its significant next step in entering the larger $50 billion Health and Wellness sector."






Evolution Fresh, while small, has an impressive juice pedigree. 
It was started by the Naked Juice founder Jimmy Rosenberg and former Odwalla president Shawn Sugarman in San Bernadino, Calif., in 1993. 

Currently, the company, which was previously owned by private equit…

HOW TO HANDLE THOSE "EXPLODING REEFER CONTAINERS" ...

Arbitrator Sets Screening Standards

Bill Mongelluzzo, Associate Editor 

| Nov 10, 2011 1:18PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story





West Coast decision addresses dispute arising from exploding containers




A U.S. West Coast arbitrator, moving to settle a dispute that has disrupted cargo handling at some ports, on Wednesday set a uniform protocol for handling potentially dangerous refrigerated containers that have passed through Vietnam.



The arbitration should settle differences between terminal operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union that arose over the past week that resulted in job actions in Oakland and Seattle.



Longshoremen demanded transit documentation on all reefer containers that had transited Vietnam after learning containers serviced at the Vietnamese port of Kat Lai had exploded in separate incidents this spring, killing two workers in Vietnam and one in Brazil.



Some terminals were unable to produce the requested documentation, and longshoremen refused…

INPUT FROM OUR READERS: MERCHANDISING REPORT FROM CINCINNATI, OHIO (AMERICA'S HEARTLAND) ...

Mr. Will Cavan Executive Director International Mango Organization (IMO) Vista, California
www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com



November 10, 2010

Will;




We at MARATHON FRUIT enjoy your mango forum a great deal and find time most every day to read your articles as you expose relevant issues for our industry.





As is likely the case with most readers of the IMO BLOG (MANGO WORLD MAGAZINE), I am also an interested party with concern for the prosperity of the Mango business. 

 Through my customer visits I’ve noticed a great deal of deviation in how mangoes are retail merchandised and through my conversations with retailers I also know that every merchandise must financially justify the real estate and attention they take up in fresh produce.


It maybe our collective interest to expose best strategies and practices in mango merchandising as such activity could bring us greater product awareness and elevated product demand.





Consider the following photo report of fine retailers from the Cincinnati area:









K…

DE UN SOLO VALLE: LOS PEQUEñOS Y MEDIANOS PRODUCTORES DEL PERU ASPIRAN COSECHAR 30 MIL TONELADAS

Perú: Valle de San Lorenzo sin mango para exportar




"La oferta exportable de mando en el Valle de San Lorenzo sólo lleegará a 30 mil toneladas, no más". Así lo indicó el representante de los pequeños y medianos productores del Valle de San Lorenzo (Acepromango), Julio Del Valle Hidalgo.




Refirió que la baja producción se debe al clima, que han afectado el período de floración y cuajado, perdiéndose un 55% del producto en el primero y 10% en el segundo; además de un pequeño porcentaje por los problemas fitosanitarios de la mosca de la fruta.




Aseguró que la campaña 2011-2012 debió empezar a mediados de octubre, pero recién comenzará en la segunda semana de diciembre y concluirá en tres a cuatro meses.




"En muchas parcelas la floración es cero y en otras no alcanza ni el 15%. Es posible también que de noviembre a diciembre se tenga una producción del 20%, enero 40% y febrero el 30%, no más. Estamos preocupados, no todos vamos a tener ingresos económicos en la presente campaña&quo…

MEET MARATHON FRUIT DISTRIBUTORS LLC ...

Marathon Fruit Distributors LLC was established in September 2010 by two veterans of the produce industry (Phil Reilly and David Skea) with the intent on providing boutique style services to its export and supply partners.

Having worked for both large and smaller produce marketers, Phil and Dave felt that there was an opportunity in the market place for a lean, nimble organization that can provide specialized, focused services to exporters. 


The initial primary focus will be on Chilean produce as well as other South American sources. Expansion to other source locations will be considered only if they do not interfere with the team's ability to effectively service its existing export and supply partners.

Phil and Dave recruited three experienced team members to support sales, operations and administration and opened the doors for business on November 1, 2010.

If we can be a help in any way please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Corporate and Sales Office
8001 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 4…

AN OVERVIEW OF MANGO MERCHANDISING IN CINCINNATI AREA ...

Will;
 We at Marathon Fruit enjoy your mango forum a great deal and find time most every day to read your articles as you expose relevant issues for our industry.
As likely most readers of the IMO, I am also an interested party with concern for the prosperity of the Mango business.  

Through my customer visits I’ve noticed a great deal of deviation in how mangoes are retail merchandised and through my conversations with retailers I also know that every merchandise must financially justify the real estate and attention they take up in fresh produce.
It maybe our collective interest to expose best strategies and practices in mango merchandising as such activity could bring us greater product awareness and elevated product demand.  


Consider the following photo report of fine retailers from the Cincinnati area:
Kroger store at Union, KY on 11/09/2011 – the price is 4/$5, small but well cared for standalone display right next to the banana table.



Wal-Mart store in Florence, KY on 11/09/2011 – th…

WHAT OPTIONS DOES PERU HAVE THIS SEASON ??? ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California






www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com








November 10, 2011












News of a shrinking European Union gives cause for concern over just how Peru plans to play their cards this coming season.




Import data from Brazil so far this year shows a reduction in volume shipped to the USA market by almost one third.


Historically, Brazil has stepped out of the USA market and allowed Ecuador and Peru to take over.


Perhaps this decision is driven by a finite amount of USDA officials that can man Hot water Treatment facilities or a time limitation per country imposed by USDA.


Regardless, Brazil spaces their production throughout the year (August through March) and ships only 25% of their volume to the North American market.


Ecuador has embarked on a program to ship almost exclusively to the USA market.


At this time of year that strategy works out nicely as Ecuador has the west coast USA market access all to themselves. (Brazil has chos…

A SHRINKING MARKET: HOW WILL ITALY'S POTENTIAL DEPARTURE FROM THE EURO AFFECT MANGO EXPORTS ??? ...

Roubini: Italy's Days in Eurozone May Be Numbered


Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 08:16 AM

By Forrest Jones





Italy's 1.9 trillion euro ($2.586 trillion) debt may be so large that restructuring won't right its economy and it exist from the currency group may be inevitable, says New York University economist Nouriel Roubini.

Italy has taken center stage in the European debt crisis, stealing the spotlight from nearby Greece over concerns that its crushing debt burdens may disrupt the European economy.

Since the Italian economy is large, other European nations may rush to keep it in the eurozone but economic fundamentals won't improve merely with debt restructuring.

"Given that it is too-big-to-fail but also too-big-to-save, this could lead to a forced restructuring of its public debt," Roubini writes in an Financial Times opinion piece.



Nouriel Roubini
(Getty Images photo)

"That would partially address its 'stock' problem of large and unsustainable debt but it would no…

FOUR STEPS TO FEEDING 7 BILLION PEOPLE (FRUITS & VEGETABLES ARE THE KEY) .... MANGOES LEAD THE WAY TO SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE PLANET

FOOD

How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet 






BY TOM LASKAWY




31 OCT 2011 10:36 AM



It turns out converted rainforest land is neither particularly productive as farmland nor climate smart, since creating it releases huge amounts of carbon sequestered in trees.Photo: Lawrence Baulch


Now that we're surrounded by 7 billion of our closest friends, it's probably a good time to talk about how we're going to feed them. 

The government, along with corporations like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont, and others who are part of our current industrial agriculture system, will tell you that feeding the world is all about more. More yield from crops, more chemicals, more fertilizer, more genetically engineered seeds. More, more, more!

Of course, it's easy to say that when you're willing, as they are, to ignore the health effects, climate and environmental impacts, resource constraints, and every other real world consequence of large-scale industrial agriculture.

Our ability to fe…