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A GREAT CAUSE : "Gleaning" volunteers fight waste and hunger ...

Volunteers with Saint Pete Abundance are gleaning urban fruit trees to help needy

Posted: 06/11/2013
Last Updated: 1 hour and 22 minutes ago

By: Brendan McLaughlin

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - While families struggle to feed their families in our community, countless tons of fresh fruit and vegetables rot on the ground and go to waste.

But now a growing movement called 'gleaning' is working to solve both problems at once.

In neighborhoods across the country, platoons of young volunteers with ladders and lots of pluck are helping themselves to other people's fresh fruit.

St. Petersburg resident Julie Eaves gets a twinge of guilt with every crop of mangoes on her giant front yard tree. Most of them end up eaten by squirrels or rotting on the ground.

So Eaves is delighted to see her harvest rescued by neighborhood volunteers, on this day made up mostly of school-aged children and their parents.

"It's wonderful that they're able to gather the fruit and distribute it to peo…

Amazon grocery delivery comes to L.A.: Coffee, fruit and a $299 fee [UPDATED]

Amazon grocery delivery comes to L.A.: Coffee, fruit and a $299 fee [UPDATED]

Amazon launched its Los Angeles grocery delivery service Monday. Above, Amazon boxes. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press / June 30, 2011)

By Jenn Harris

June 10, 2013, 4:33 p.m.

If you're craving a hot bowl of ramen or some fresh fish west of the 405 Freeway at 5 p.m., chances are you won't want to get in your car and spend an hour in traffic to get it. With Amazon Fresh, you may not have to, if you're willing to pay a price.

Amazon started a trial of its Los Angeles grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh, on Monday. For L.A. residents, this could translate to less traffic and maybe getting produce without having to brave the West Hollywood Whole Foodsparking lot, which is more or less an actual demolition derby.

Amazon Fresh may sound like just another Pink Dot grocery or Eat24 restaurant delivery service, but Amazon is focusing on hyper-local, higher-end shops and restaurants that don't normally del…


More Proof that the National Mango Board (NMB) is a colossal waste of money !!!

Hass avocados key category driver with $1.4 billion retail dollars in 2012 

Distribution and sales of Greenskin and Hass avocados indicate that Hass avocados’ sales and distribution dominate throughout the nation. 

In fact, Hass avocados represent over 94% of the retail category dollars and volume; whereas, Greenskins account for approximately five percent, with its category contributions fluctuating less than one point during the three-year study, from 2010-2012.

“Hass avocados continue to be the predominant selling variety, driving category growth year-over-year,” explains Emiliano Escobedo, executive director of the Hass Avocado Board. 

“The study shows that Hass avocados are in a favorable position with greater distribution and higher per-store averages of avocado sales, and accounted for $1.4 billion in retail dollars in 2012.”

Hass avocados earned more retail dollar sales than the Greenskin variety. 

With a…

Dole CEO makes buyout bid for rest of company

9:16 a.m. EDT June 11, 2013

(Photo: Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY)


David Murdoch and his family offer $12 a share

Offers is an 18% premium to Monday's $10.20 closing price

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — Dole Food's Chairman and CEO David Murdock and his family are offering to buy the business with a bid that values the entire company at approximately $1.1 billion.

Shares of the fresh fruit and vegetable company jumped in pre-market trading on Tuesday.

Murdock and other family members are making an unsolicited offer of $12 a share for the shares of the company that they don't already own, an 18% premium to Dole's closing price Monday.

Murdock has about a 39.5% stake in Dole Food, which has about 89.5 million outstanding shares, according to FactSet.

The company said that its board will be meeting over the next several days to create a special committee of independent directors to assess the bid. It said that it is only in the beginning stages of evaluating the offer …

Container Ship Scrapping Heads for Record

A record number of container ships, including increasingly younger vessels, is set to be scrapped this year, but this won’t reduce the current oversupply of vessels, according to industry analyst Alphaliner.

Scrapping is likely to reach 450,000 20-foot-equivalent units if the current pace of demolition continues, surpassing the record 381,000 TEUs removed from the world fleet in 2009. In the first four months of 2013, ships totaling 195,000 TEUs have been scrapped or de-celled. The average age of such ships has fallen to a low of 22 years, compared with 25 to 30 years historically.

The surging scrapping rate is largely attributable to an increase in the number of 3,000- to 5,000-TEU vessels being sold to breakers’ yards, with 30 ships of this size sold for scrap so far this year, including the 4.714-TEU 1990-built Maersk Malacca, the biggest container vessel to be scrapped in capacity terms. 

The Maersk Malacca’s sister ship, Maersk Merlion, is also due to be scrapped when she comes off …


Days of Broome Mango industry turn gloomy

Posted 9 hours 27 minutes ago

The Broome mango industry has all but come to a halt, with the last of the local commercial growers abandoning the business.

The area around Broome once generated hundreds of kilograms of the fruit for the Perth market.

But, in recent years, almost all the lcoal growers have abandoned trying to make a profit and pick fruit only to send to friends and family.

The Coconut Grove mango farm's Geoffrey Foy has told the ABC, he was in the industry for 22 years ago but gave up commercial harvesting in 2011.

"Two years ago I just had to call it quits," he said.

He says it was the GST that dealt the final blow.

"The box people and the transport people and the sticker people and everyone else we have to use to survive, put their costs up," he said.

"No-one put the cost of our fruit up.

"So at the end of the day, we were paying everyone else but the cost of our fruit stayed the same."