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MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : 'Zetas Spend All Their Drug Trafficking Profits on Fighting Gulf Cartel' ...

Written by Mario Carrillo 

Wednesday, 05 June 2013

Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, alias "El Mamito"

The Zetas reportedly take in more than $350 million a year from exporting more than 40 tons of cocaine into the US. This interesting revelation, among others, came during testimony by a former leader of the criminal organization to a US court. 

According to Reforma, Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, alias "El Mamito", stated to a jury in Austin, Texas, that all of the money made by the Zetas from exporting cocaine to the US goes directly into financing its war against rival group the Gulf Cartel.

Rejon's statements came during the trial of Jose Treviño Morales, brother of Miguel Angel, alias "Z-40," and Oscar Omar Treviño, leaders of the Zetas. 

In January, Jose Treviño was found guilty by a US federal court in Austin of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was arrested last year as part of a wider crackdown against the Zetas' money laundering operations in…


Tropical Storm Andrea is picking up some forward speed over the Gulf of Mexico as it moves towards a landfall along the coastline of Florida's Big Bend later today. 

Tropical storm conditions are already occurring in that area. The primary impacts of Andrea today will be the heavy rain over much of the Florida peninsula and the coast of the southeast U.S., storm surge flooding along portions of the west coast of Florida, and isolated tornadoes over the Florida peninsula.

Get the latest on Andrea, including warnings and graphics, on the NHC website at

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R. Dominicana: La exportación de mango generó 9.3 millones de dólares

El ministro de Agricultura, Luis Ramón Rodríguez, destacó el potencial que tiene la producción de mangos en el país para convertirse en un rubro de exportación y generador de divisas. 

El funcionario, que habló en la inauguración del X Simposio Internacional de Mango, comunicó estadísticas del Centro de Exportación e Inversión (CEI-RD) que establecen que en 2012 República Dominicana exportó 8 millones de kilos de la fruta, equivalentes a US$9.3 millones.

El Ministro participó en este congreso que está enfocado en acercar en términos comerciales e intercambio de conocimientos y tecnologías a quienes se identifican con la producción del fruto tanto a nivel local como internacional. 

Con el tema “El mango: Oportunidades y desafíos en el Siglo 21”, esta convención se desarrolla del 2 al 6 de este mes en el Centro de Convenciones del Complejo Barceló en Bávaro y abarca un amplio programa que incluye exposiciones por parte de…

2013 HURRICANE SEASON : Tropical Storm Andrea is first of the year ...

Tropical Storm Andrea picked up some forward speed and strength overnight. 

It is now moving toward the north-northeast at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. 

No further change in strength is forecast, but it will move a bit faster as it makes landfall in the big bend area of Florida later today.

A significant impact from Andrea will be heavy rain and flooding. This graphic from NOAA's...See more

AFRICA : Supper with the devil in MOZAMBIQUE


Mozambican smallholders thought they could do a deal with agribusiness. 

Hazel Healy reports on how transnational OLAM treated its so-called partners.

Antonio Chabuca didn’t sleep a wink last night. Known locally as ‘the president’, he heads a group of 100 smallholder rice farmers, the Associação São Francisco de Assis (ASFA), in Mopeia, a busy rural staging post in Mozambique’s Zambezia province.

We are not amused. 

The Mozambican farmers association had a theme tune, matching yellow T shirts and land rights, but it wasn’t enough to make a powerful Asian transnational honour its promises. 

Hazel Healy

Chabuca is no stranger to hardship or loss. He survived the death of his first wife, and four of his own offspring, and now raises five orphaned grandchildren. 

But when OLAM, the Singapore listed agribusiness firm with Indian origins, broke its promises to smallholders, the resulting conflict nearly finished him off.

The company had persuaded the rice growers organization to part …

MANGO IN YOUR BEER ??? : Founders Mango Magnifico con Calor Is Newest Backstage Series Release

Category: Beer News, Founders Brewing

Dan | June 5, 2013

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI)– Founders Brewing Co. will introduce Mango Magnifico con Calor [Magnificent Mango with Heat], a fruit beer brewed with mango and a touch of habanero, this August to mark the seventh installment in the brewery’s popular Backstage Series. 

Like all Founders Backstage Series beers, Mango Magnifico will be sold in 750mL bottles. 

It has a suggested retail price of $12.99 per bottle.

Mango Magnifico is a never-before-released, high-gravity fruit beer brewed with mango and Michigan-grown habaneros. 

Each 750mL bottle of this 10% ABV ale is intended to be shared. 

Not a traditional fruit beer, the delicate tropical fruit in Mango Magnifico is punctuated by a hint of heat, increasing the overall depth of flavor and adding another level of complexity. 

It will be a refreshing drink for the warm summer months.

“Mango Magnifico, like the entire Backstage Series, is intended to push the boundaries of what is commonly accepted in b…

Vision Import Group looking at new packs for mangoes

by Tim Linden | June 06, 2013

By pretty much any measure, mango movement has been impressive over the last few years. Volume continues to increase and the f.o.b. prices are remaining fairly strong.

According to Ronnie Cohen, vice president of sales and a partner in Vision Import Group LLC in River Edge, NJ, it’s time for some better packaging to continue the sales gains of this tropical fruit.

Mangos from Vision Import Group.

The former chairman of the board of the National Mango Board (2012) recently told The Produce News that mangoes lend themselves to some innovative packaging. 

He made it clear he is talking about value-added but not fresh-cut, though processors are doing well cutting up mangoes in one configuration or another.

“We have a few ideas in the design stage that could work,” he said.

He indicated there needs to be more opportunities for consumers to pick up mangos at retail in various forms. He said a grab-and-go configuration might offer some opportunities as well as a two pa…