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Our Picks: Top Produce Retail Trends and Products from PMA Fresh SummitProduce Report was once again on-hand at the 2018 edition of Fresh Summit, held October 18 to 20 in Orlando, Florida, to talk to fresh produce industry leaders, identify trends and check out the newest products. As usual, we paid special attention to the Fresh Ideas Showcase. November 12, 2018
Dan Siekman
'Romancing the Trees' with Kyle Mathison of Stemilt GrowersKyle is part of the fourth generation of Mathisons to farm the land in the Wenatchee area, with his great grandfather having planted his first apple, pear and cherry orchards there in 1914. Kyle’s father Tom Mathison founded Stemilt Growers in 1964 after becoming among the first cherry grower/packers in the United States to start employing modern cold chain practices. Tom gave Kyle the responsibility of running the pear and cherry side of Stemilt’s operation in 1969 when he was 17 years old — and he’s been “romancing the trees” ever since. November 06, 2018
Dan Siekman

Image: Stemilt Growers

Rapid Development for Mr. Avocado as Sales Close in on 70,000 Fruits Per DayThe future looks bright for China-US joint venture Mr. Avocado as it rides surging demand for avocados in China. After only about a year and a half in business, the marketer of ripened avocados is seeing big sales growth. It is also considering adding a third avocado ripening facility in China, and is making progress in construction of an enormous new domestic China avocado growing base. October 26, 2018
Dan Siekman
OctCLOVErfest Promo Aims to Turn Garlic into Spooky Family FunMove aside Easter eggs and jack-o’-lanterns: the US-based produce supplier I Love Produce is this year launching a novel Halloween promotional campaign with the aim to make garlic the new trend in holiday food decorating for consumers in North America. Octcloverfest encourages families to celebrate Halloween by turning whole garlic bulbs into “Monster Garlic” figurines using food-based paint and non-toxic markers. October 23, 2018
Dan Siekman
Forecasts for China’s Tree Nut Industry in 2018/19The United States Department of Agriculture recently issued a production and trade report for China’s tree nuts for marketing year 2018/19. Produce Report analyzed the report and pulled out key highlights and takeaways. October 14, 2018
Jing Zang
Produce Products Suffer on Both Sides as Trade War IntensifiesPresident Trump proposes tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. As China prepares to retaliate, the US threatens a potential third round of import tax hikes. Meanwhile, fruit and vegetable products on both sides are caught in the crossfire. September 20, 2018
Sevan Golnazarian
Fresh Summit adds Leslie Odom Jr., Experience Extensions to agendaNewark, Del. – The Fresh Summit agenda is expanding, adding award-winning actor and musician Leslie Odom, Jr.’s big voice on a big topic and new Experience Extensions to the schedule Oct. 18-20 in Orlando, Florida, USA. September 20, 2018
Mabel
World Champion Skier Lindsey Vonn to Keynote,Women’s Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast On Oct.20Newark, Del. – Lindsey Vonn, who has overcome adversity to become the most successful female alpine ski racer in world history, will keynote Center for Growing Talent’s (CGT) 2018 Women’s Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast on Saturday morning, Oct. 20. September 20, 2018
Mabel
Sun World Moves Packing Operations In-HouseBakersfield, Calif.– Grape category leader Sun World International has moved their packing operations in-house where they will pack a significant portion of their California grown product. September 20, 2018
Mabel
Mexican Avocado Exporters Dubafresh and Frutival: “We See Our Future in China”Summary: As China continues to grow in importance as a destination for Mexican avocado exports, Mexican avocado exporters Dubafresh and Frutival say that educating Chinese consumers about the visual appearance of avocados has emerged as a key priority to ensure continued development of the market. September 19, 2018
Andrew D

From left to right: Chantal Abrajan, Deputy Trade Commissioner of ProMexico Shanghai, Alejandro Salas, Trade Commissioner of ProMexico Shanghai, Robert Huang, Frutival Sales Manager, Ignacio Valerio, Frutival General Manager, Lorena Larios, Consul General of Mexico in Shanghai, Adrian Vásquez, Export Sales Manager at Dubafresh, Mario Gallardo, Co-owner of Dubafresh, Juan Jose Gallardo, Co-owner of Dubafresh

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