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PNW Onion Season Kicks Off

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The onion harvest in the Pacific Northwest begins with a nice crop. The harvest began on some farms last week. Growers are harvesting healthy, nicely shaped onions. They seem to have soaked in the near ideal growing conditions.

Brokers expect slightly higher volume this year. This is due to an increase in onion planting both in the Northwest and other parts of the country. However, some states such as California have suffered from extreme temperatures.

Jumbo yellow prices are strong. Jumbo red prices are even better. So far, organic onions are relatively scarce. However, the next several weeks should bring more availability as large operations begin their harvest of organics. 

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 12:38

Superior Avocado Headed For US Market

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New Market For An Old Favorite--The Super Tasty Sharwil Avocado
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The Sharwil is resurfacing after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shut down shipping from the State of Hawaii to the Mainland nearly 25 years ago. 

The USDA lifted restrictions last year. 

This will be the first year of significant shipment to the mainland. Last year, growers sent a few succesful small scale shipments to the Central and Eastern United States. 

This year, produce brokerage Export International expects to ship several hundred pounds a week at the height of the 2016-2017 season. 

"My hope is to build a solid (sales) foundation," said Export International president A. Lynn Aker. Aker said she wants to "expand next year and the year after."  

Export International bases its Hawaii operations on the island of Maui. 

People who have tasted the Sharwil say it is much tastier than other varities now on the market. 

It's creamier--like butter, said one Hawaii grower. 

The creamier taste comes from a relatively high oil content. The Sharwil also has a smaller pit and higher flesh ratio than its competitor. 

However, quality comes with a price. 

Sales experts expect the cost of the Sharwil to run 25-35% higher than its closest competitor, the Hass. 

Those prices might be a stumbling to sales at first, but once consumers get a taste of the avocados, "it won't be a problem,"Aker said. 

Those who are familiar with the fruit also expect consumers to gladly shell out more money for the tasty Hawaiian avocadoes. 

Export International has already piqued interest in markets in Seattle, Tacoma and buyers that supply retailers throughout the nation. 

Thursday, 13 October 2016 02:37

Piles of Pomegranates

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Export International is proud to announce that it is now distributing pomegranates. The unique fruit is renowned as a powerful source of ant-oxidants and is a possible cancer fighter.

We can arrange direct shipping to stores or authorized wholesalers in North America, Hong Kong, Japan and Hawaii. Contat our Maui office for more information.

 

Monday, 11 July 2016 14:30

Pacific Northwest Onions Look Good

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Export International sales people expect a great onion harvest.

The harvest begins in earnest around August 1.

So far, the weather has been great. The days have been warm, but not too hot. The skies have also held rain to a minimum in Eastern Oregon and Washington. 

All of that means the onions look really nice. This is true for our conventional as well as organic onions.

The excellent weather in Oregon contrasts with that in parts of California. There, extreme heat has been a concern, according to an EI staff person who visited the area. 

Take a look at our crops below. 

 

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Monday, 30 May 2016 11:05

California avocado market heads skyward

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After a very difficult marketing situation during the first part of the season, dwindling supplies from Mexico have quickly created very strong demand for California avocados and the market continues to gain strength.

Friday, 27 May 2016 12:09

Michael Barker talks to Poupart Produce

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Michael Barker meets Poupart Produce to hear how the business has positioned itself for a rosy future

Wal-Mart hopes for a green-themed June with its newest promotion.

The retail giant has partnered with Sun World International and Nickelodeon for a month-long grape promotion with packaging featuring the characters from the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which is slated for release June 3.

(NaturalNews) In response to the growing desire by Americans to consume more organic foods, Costco has announced its recent effort to work with farmers to help them buy land and equipment that will enable them to grow organics. The more organics that are grown means the more organics that Costco will be able to supply its customers; Costco will be better poised to meet the growing demand for these healthier foods as a result.

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