The recent merger between Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern means there is now a single-line, competitive option for domestic intermodal shipments between Mexico, the U.S. Midwest, and Canada. Rail can now compete with trucks for time-sensitive shipments in high-value perishables.

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that Mexican raspberries are not a trade threat to the Washington state processed raspberry market. Neither is Canada’s small raspberry sector, concentrated near Abbotsford, British Columbia. The final report contains a chapter of insightful statistical analysis of fresh and frozen markets in Canada.

Washington State has reversed guidance to its fully vaccinated farm workers, releasing them from having to wear a mask or socially distance to work or in congregate housing. Farm groups lobbied for the change. 

Cultivar, a produce company based in Spain, has won first prize in the “Best Convenience Packaging” category of the World Food Innovation Awards. The jury praised the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the paper-based format, while noting the reduction of plastic.

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