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CHIQUITA TO MOVE HEADQUARTERS TO CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA ...

CHIQUITA BRANDS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES MOVE TO CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA ...

BY ELY PORTILLO - MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS


CHARLOTTE, N.C -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chiquita Brands International, an iconic company whose name is almost synonymous with bananas, said Tuesday that it will move its global headquarters to Charlotte next year, bringing some 400 jobs.

The company was lured by more than $22 million in government incentives and the promise of easier international travel from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, which has grown as the airport near Chiquita's current headquarters in Cincinnati has shrunk.

Chiquita, which had $3.2 billion in sales last year, is in negotiations to lease five or six floors in the NASCAR Plaza office tower adjoining the racing league's Hall of Fame.





"This is a diversification, really an unprecedented diversification, in jobs, investment and development in our economic center," said Charlotte Center City Partners President Michael Smith.

Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state and …

ECUADORIAN MANGO ARRIVALS TO EAST COAST OUTPACE WEST COAST BY 3 TO 1 ON NOVEMBER 27, 2011 ...

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








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Ecuador mango imports for November 27, 2011 on four different vessels to four USA ports revealed that east coast arrivals otpaced west coast arrivals by three to one.











The Port of Miami received 117,160 (4kg) cartons on November 27th 2011.













The Port of NY/NJ received 142,560 cartons of mango from Ecuador on November 27th 2011.






East coast arrivals totalled 259,720 cartons.













Port Hueneme received 52,800 cartons on November 27th 2011.



















The Port of San Diego received 35,676 cartons on November 27th 2011.




Total west coast USA imports were 88,476 cartons.




Total USA imports on November 27, 2011 were 348,196 (4kg) cartons.




While these volumes are relatively low compared to other times of the year, market demand is low and this volume is enough to fill the supply chain.


FOB pricing is currentlydropping from recent highs.





WEST COAST ARRIVALS OF ECUADOR MANGOES FOR NOVEMBER 27TH 2011 ...

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










www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com












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DOLE vessel CALIFORNIA delivered Ecuadorian mangoes through the Port of San Diego on November 27, 2011.




Four west coast USA importers received product via the Port of San Diego.


BORG PRODUCE received three containers from EXOFRUT S.A. and one container from BLIX S.A. fro a total of 17,952 (4kg) cartons.


SPLENDID PRODUCTS received one container with 4,488 cartons from BLIX S.A. and one container from BRESSON S.A. with 4,524 cartons for a total of 9,012 cartons.


AMAZON PRODUCE received one container with 4,488 cartons from REFIN S.A.


VIP MARKETING received 4,224 cartons from REFIN S.A. as well.


A total of 35,676 cartons were received were imported via the Port of San Diego on November 27th, 2011. The DOLE vessel had been scheduled for arrival on the 26th of November.




Shippers are forced to pack a lighter container due to weight restrictions on truck cargo be…

BUSY WEEKEND FOR USA IMPORTERS OF ECUADORIAN MANGOES ...

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






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SOUTH PACIFIC SHIPPING vessel BARRINGTON ISLAND discharged Ecuadorian mangoes for USA importers at the Port of NY/NJ on November 27, 2011






Ecuador's peak mango volume is arriving at USA ports.




This weekend in addition to Miami discharge on November 27th, the Port of NY/NJ saw first substantial arrivals.


AMAZON PRODUCE received 63,360 (4kg) cartons (12 containers) from two Ecuadorian shippers.


PANORAMA SALES received six containers fron two shippers for a total of 31,680 cartons.


DAYKA & HACKETT received 21,120 cartons from three shippers.


FRESKA PRODUCE received 10,560 cartons from DUREXPORTA S.A.


TOP KATZ received one container from DIANA ROCIO NAVARRO VINCENT and one container from ESPECIALCORP for a total of 10,560 cartons.


VISION IMPORTS received one container from REFIN S.A. with 5,280 cartons.




142,560 cartons from Ecuador were imported through …

CALIFORNIA MANGO IMPORTERS DIVERT PRODUCT TO EAST COAST ....

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








www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com






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Either by accident or intention, five containers destined for  four California distributors were discharged at the Port of Miami on November 27th 2011.




TAVILLA SALES (Los Angeles), BORG PRODUCE (Los Angeles), U.S. FRUIT & VEG (Los Angeles) and SPLENDID PRODUCTS (San Francisco) each received one container with 5,280 (4kg) cartons.


Four of the five containers were shipped by BLIX S.A. in additon to three more containers for east coast distributors on this vessel.




All told BLIX S.A. shipped seven containers (36,960 cartons) for seven different USA importers on one vessel.


SPLENDID PRODUCTS had a second container on this vessel from ARIEGRA S.A. as well.








East Coast Importers:


COAST TROPICAL received 42,240 cartons for their east coast sales from RICABERTO S.A.


DEKALB FARMERS MARKET received 10,560 cartons from DUREXPORTA S.A.


AMAZON PRODUCE received 10,560 …

MEXICAN MANGO IMPORTER PLANS TO INCREASE POSITION ...

Ciruli Bros. capitalizes on mango offerings

11/29/2011 3:17:09 PM
Mike Hornick




Courtesy Ciruli Bros.




Chuck Ciruli III, chief executive officer of Ciruli Bros., says the company plans to increase volume of its "Champagne"  (ATAULFO CULTIVAR)  mangoes by 30% starting in February.

Ciruli Bros. plans to ship more mangoes, notably its Champagne product, when its Mexican deal starts up again in February.



“We’re going to increase our volume on kent and keitt mangoes, and the Champagnes (ATAULFO VARIETY) will have at least a 30% increase,” said Chuck Ciruli III, chief executive officer of Nogales, Ariz.-based Ciruli Bros.

“That’s our signature item.”


The Champagne is an ataulfo mango, a yellow variety with a reputation for nonfibrous fruit, sweetness and a thin pit.


“It’s smaller than a traditional mango like a tommy (atkins) or a haden, so instead of $1.29 or $1.49, these could be 3 for $2 in retail ads,” Ciruli said.


“It’s snowballed on us. We’ve added some packinghouses. We’ve got retailer…

AUSTRALIAN MANGO GROWERS APPROVE ADDITIONAL FUNDING ...

Mango growers back levy for marketing and research

By Andrew Balding

Wednesday, 30/11/2011




Mango growers are expected to be waiting until the middle of next year to hear if the industry's levy will increase or not.

Growers have voted in favour of increasing the levy from 12.25 cents per tray to 30 cents per tray, but will need approval from the Federal Government before it's implemented.

Chair of the Australia Mango Industry Association, Gavin Scurr, says if approved, the extra money will help the industry to drive its own future.

"In the past, government agencies like the Department of Agriculture have done a lot of research on mango production," he said.

"However, as their budgets have shrunk, they're looking to industry to self-fund a lot of that work, so we need to spend more of our own money to get the same level of research being done."

Mr Scurr says two-thirds of the votes were in favour of increasing the levy.

He says the increase will help fund marketin…

CONFUSION SURROUNDS POTENTIAL SALE OF CSAV CONTAINER BUSINESS ...

CSAV denies container business sell-off

David Badger | Tue, 29 Nov 2011




Chilean shipping line just restructuring services and looking for JV partner


Chilean container line CSAV has denied claims that its container business is up for sale.

In a statement, the company said it was restructuring its services to focus on markets in which it had clear competitive advantages, and that it was seeking joint-ventures with other shipping companies to “enhance the efficiency and quality of its services”.

CSAV said: “The plan involves the search for a strategic partner for our container business, but not finding a buyer for that business unit.”

The company added that it was separating its cargo shipping business from the port and terminal operations managed by its subsidiary, Sudamericana Agencias Aéreas y Marítimas, in order to promote the growth of the latter.

Celfin Capital is advising CSAV on a US$1.2 billion capital increase that will strengthen the shipping line’s financial position.



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NEW COLD STORAGE FACILITY AT LAX ALLOWS WEST COAST TO COMPETE FOR PERISHABLE AIR CARGO BUSINESS

New cold warehouse near LAX could help region import perishables


Southern California dominates maritime freight, but Los Angeles' main airport handles far less fruit, vegetable and flower imports than Miami's.








Roma tomatoes from Mexico move into an X-ray machine for a TSA security check at the new Apollo Freight cold storage warehouse near Los Angeles International Airport. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times / November 28, 2011)




By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times

November 29, 2011






Those Argentine blueberries and Colombian roses at your local market probably took a lengthy detour on their way to Southern California.



Chances are, they entered the U.S. through Miami International Airport and arrived in California after a cross-country truck trip that took three days. Now, a new refrigerated warehouse just east of Los Angeles International Airport may help the region grab a bigger — and fresher — slice of the business of transporting items with a limited shelf life.



"There is ampl…

RAIN FOREST ALLIANCE WILL BE ACTIVE AT CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT IN SOUTH AFRICA ...

The Rainforest Alliance at the UNFCCC 17th Conference of Parties (COP) Durban, South Africa.
28 November – 9 December, 2011



The Rainforest Alliance will be active at COP 17 to strengthen support for REDD+ and highlight sustainable forestry and agriculture practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation. We will participate in UNFCCC side events, Forest Day 5, Agriculture and Rural Development Day, and others.



UNFCCC SIDE EVENT:

The Role and Contribution of Forest Certification Towards a Low-Carbon Forestry, A/R and REDD+ Projects

Monday 05 December

16:45-18:15

Indwe River Room



The Forest Stewardship Council, SNV Netherlands Development Organization, CarbonFix, UNIQUE and the Rainforest Alliance will discuss the value-added of FSC to A/R projects, the FSC’s Strategy for Climate Change Engagement, the role of forest certification in assuring social and environmental safeguards, practical experiences using certification to reduce emissions vs BAU forest management, challenges and opportu…