IPG looks to keep its customers, suppliers, and partners world-wide, all connected and in touch through its new IPG News Reports. This news source will highlight the most significant, relevant and day-day international trade and produce news stories.

We feel it’s very important to not only have a great understanding for our current market and country, but to maintain a worldly viewpoint and full understanding of all other markets and their effects on the fresh produce export/import industry. Please stay connected and informed through our news channel.

Produce companies squeezed by tight labor market


CHICAGO — Produce companies are competing for scarce talent in a tight economy, and that is translating to more generous benefits and higher compensation compared with a few years ago. Michael Becher, vice president of Industry Insights, spoke in a June 10 workshop about observations from the United Fresh Produce Association’s Compensation & Benefits Survey. The report, compiled with the responses from about 100 produce industry companies, is available for purchase on the United Fresh website. While Becher did not reveal…

Read More

NW pear production set to drop, but still a ‘solid crop’


Northwest pear growers are estimating the 2019-20 fresh market crop will be 17.3 million 44-pound box equivalents, a drop of 9% from the previous harvest, and 6% the industry’s five-year average. The drop didn’t affect organic production, which at 10% of the overall crop, is seeing a 20% gain on last season’s production. The estimate, compiled at the Pear Bureau Northwest’s May 30 meeting in Portland, Ore., includes estimates from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts, and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts. Despite…

Read More

Late start for California grapes


This could be a year like no other for California’s table grape industry. Rain and continuing cold weather delayed the harvest in the Coachella Valley by about 10 days compared to last year, and Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley may not get underway for some growers until the second week of July. Last year, picking started in late May. “They need heat units, and it’s been crazy this year,” said Bob Bianco, co-owner of Bakersfield-based Anthony Vineyards, which also grows grapes in…

Read More

Trump Backs Off of Mexico Tariff Threat After Agreement is Made


President Donald Trump on Friday night backed down from imposing a 5% tariff on all goods entering the country from Mexico, instead reaching an agreement with the country. On Twitter, Trump wrote that Mexico “agreed to take strong measures” to “stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.”REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES.Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. He added that the agreement would “greatly reduce,…

Read More



The new apple season has not yet started in the northern hemisphere, but the market is already under pressure. The total stock of apples in Europe stood at 1,561,430 tons (WAPA) on May 1 this year, the highest figure in more than 10 years. Nevertheless, the sales and price rates vary per variety. The demand for certain club varieties is particularly good. In Europe, exports from the southern hemisphere have declined due to overproduction, and those shipments have been finding…

Read More
1 2 3 107 120 121 122