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Posted on November 17, 2016 by James Hickey

Sometimes bigger isn't better, as more companies are looking at smaller store formats to grow its business. Three grocery operators, Sendik's Food Markets, WinCo and Raley's, recently revealed plans to open smaller format stores, while Dollar Gene ... Read More

Posted in Sendik's   Dollar General   Raley's   WinCo  
Posted on May 20, 2015 by James Hickey

The cost of avian flu has a dollar total: $1 billion. That is the combined total that researchers at the universities of Minnesota and Iowa State estimate will cost the two hardest hit states by the outbreak that as of May 19 has spread to 15 stat ... Read More

Posted in Avian Flu   Poultry  
Posted on May 15, 2015 by James Hickey

As the USDA forecast for oranges continues to drop, the industry’s citrus department is asking the state for money for their budget next year. USDA reduced this season's orange crop by 5%, a total of 5.6 million boxes, to ... Read More

Posted in Fruits  
Posted on May 04, 2015 by James Hickey

While almonds are being scapegoated as a leading cause of drought conditions in California, acreage topped the 1 million mark for the first time. California's 2014 almond acrea ... Read More

Posted in Nuts  
Posted on May 01, 2015 by James Hickey

A volcano in Chile may affect the amount of salmon available in the U.S. Official damage estimates are not available yet, but Eduardo Aguilera of the National Fishing Service says about ... Read More

Posted in Seafood  
Posted on April 28, 2015 by James Hickey

The recent H5N2 avian influenza virus may affect the poultry industry for years to come, according to USDA's chief veterinary officer Dr. John Clifford. Although Dr. Clifford said new cases should drop to close to zero once warmer weather kills of ... Read More

Posted in Poultry  
Posted on April 27, 2015 by James Hickey

The import and export of sweet corn increased while peas decreased in certain sectors in a year-to-date comparison ending Feb. 28. Imports for frozen sweet corn jumped 29% in volume to 9.2 million-lbs. and 18% in dollar to $4.7 million value in a ... Read More

Posted in Produce   Vegetables  
Posted on April 21, 2015 by James Hickey

The almond industry is fighting back against the notion that it is a major user of water in drought-stricken California. Entering its fourth year of drought, the state recently imposed for mandatory statewide water cutbacks on cities and towns. Ag ... Read More

Posted in Nuts   Agriculture  
Posted on April 20, 2015 by James Hickey

What type of fish that U.S. consumers eat and where it is caught will be changing in the near future. USDA plans to propose standards for the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish later this year with it available to consumers as early as ... Read More

Posted in Seafood  
Posted on April 14, 2015 by James Hickey

The projected crop for Florida grapefruits was dropped by over 10% in USDA’s March estimate. USDA reduced the 2014-15 projected Florida grapefruit crop by 2 million boxes to 13 million boxes, a 13% drop from its March estimate and one that w ... Read More

Posted in Agriculture   Fruit  
Posted on April 10, 2015 by James Hickey

The effects of avian bird flu that have hit turkey farmers in North America are not expected to have an adverse effect on the supply chain. The H5N2 avian influenza strain has been reported at 20 farms in Arkansas, North and South ... Read More

Posted in Poultry  
Posted on April 07, 2015 by James Hickey

While overall production was down for U.S. citrus farmers, value increased by 7% to $3.39 billion, according to the recently released 2013-2014 Florida Citrus Statistics from the Florida Agricultural Statistics Service.

Driving the value u ... Read More

Posted in Fruit  
Posted on April 02, 2015 by James Hickey

The 2015 salmon harvest is projected to be 40% larger than last year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast released March 30 predicts the 2015 total commercial salmon catch at 220.9 million. That number includes 140.3 million pink, 58.8 ... Read More

Posted in Seafood  
Posted on March 30, 2015 by James Hickey

February shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico are up from a year ago. For the entire Gulf of Mexico, 2.9 million-lbs. of shrimp were landed according to data from NOAA. Looking across count sizes, historic highs were seen for U15 count size reach ... Read More

Posted in Seafood  
Posted on March 27, 2015 by James Hickey

According to a Food Institute analysis of the USDA Cold Storage monthly report, frozen vegetables and fruits both saw declines for February. For frozen vegetables, cold storage declined 2% to 2.0 billion-lbs. overall with potatoes flat at 1.1 bill ... Read More

Posted in Cold Storage   Fruits   Vegetables   Produce  
Posted on March 23, 2015 by James Hickey

As the decline of orange juice production and sales continues, Florida farmers are contemplating an advertising campaign that would downplay the state's prominent production role.

The USDA recently reduced the estimate of this season's ora ... Read More

Posted on March 20, 2015 by James Hickey

While a record 15.0 million tons of tomatoes are estimated to be harvested in California this coming year by the USDA, a couple of red flags have appeared to cast doubt if the number will be hit.

The state's drought is entering is fourth c ... Read More

Posted on March 17, 2015 by James Hickey

Import and exports of canned beans showed strong increases in the first month of 2015 despite overall volume and dollar values being mixed.

January imports for shelled beans increased 5% in volume to about 7.3 million-lbs. with a 15% incre ... Read More

Posted on March 09, 2015 by James Hickey

Final results from the Bureau of Census’ Aquaculture recorded an overall increase of selected fish and shellfish products imports while exports declined for 2014. Imports overall increased 7% in volume and 19% in dollar for 2014. About 2.64 ... Read More

Posted on March 06, 2015 by James Hickey

Six frozen vegetable commodities in cold storage decreased more than 10% from the preliminary movement announcement for December. The overall change for cold storage stocks of frozen vegetables was down 9% to 2.4 billion-lbs.

Green peas ha ... Read More

Posted on March 02, 2015 by James Hickey

On Feb. 23, USDA purchased 11 types of canned vegetable products for federal food assistance programs worth about $6.3 million. There was a total of 553,840 cases purchased that included 194,400 24/300 cases of meatless spaghetti sauce; 122,400 24 ... Read More

Posted on February 27, 2015 by James Hickey

While the recent preliminary settlement has been reached with dock workers and West Coast port operators, monthly shipment reports from California shows the damage that was done to certain segments of the dried fruit and but industries. Raisin shi ... Read More

Posted on February 24, 2015 by James Hickey

According to IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm, supermarket sales for five selected products was down 1.24% for dollar sales while increasing 1.27% in unit sales for 52-week period ending Jan. 25.  Dollar sales totaled $2.28 billion f ... Read More

Posted on February 20, 2015 by James Hickey

While new GMO apples were recently approved by the USDA, they will not be hitting grocery stores anytime soon. Developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF), the USDA approved on Feb. 14 two apple varieties that have been genetically engineere ... Read More

Posted on February 17, 2015 by James Hickey

The USDA purchased about $9.7 million of bottled juices Feb. 13. A total of 695,895 cases of seven different types of juices were purchased for the federal food assistance program. The products purchased include 231,650 cases of 8/64-oz. apple jui ... Read More

Posted on February 13, 2015 by James Hickey

Exports for frozen and canned vegetables had healthy growth in 2014. According to the most recent U.S. Trade reports ending Dec. 31, canned and glass vegetable exports rose 7% in volume and 6% in dollar value. A total of 542.4 million-lbs. was exp ... Read More

Posted on February 09, 2015 by James Hickey

Prices for canned green beans rose to its highest last month in the past seven years. Retail prices for 24/300 cut green beans increased to $12.35 per case for January, up from $11.75 per case the previous month. While the price of 24/300 raised s ... Read More

Posted on February 04, 2015 by James Hickey

The comeback of pork continued with it now being the second most produced meat in the U.S. Pork recently surpassed meat to land in second behind chicken. According to the USDA, pork production will climb this year to a record 23.91 billion-lbs., a ... Read More

Posted on February 04, 2015 by James Hickey

To alleviate a glut in the cranberry market, USDA made three separate purchases of about 3.9 million cases of cranberry products for distribution in federal food assistance programs worth a total of $54.9 million. Between the 2014 cranberries crop ... Read More