After 50 years, the Red Delicious variety falls to second place in the U.S., as Gala takes number one spot.  That’s just one highlight of the U.S. Apple Outlook Conference.

U.S. apple growers remain united in face of policy turmoil and trade wars with key partners such as Mexico, India and China.They export $1 billion in apples, about one-third of the country’s crop.

Greenhouse giant Mastronardi Produce is expanding into the U.S. The company will operate a state-of-the-art 20-acre greenhouse facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This will be the company’s sixth location. 

Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay was accompanied by Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Furh to make further announcements regarding funding to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network at the Canadian Vintners Association’s AGM.

 

Greg Donald, general manager, Prince Edward Island Potato Board

The International Potato Center (CIP) announced the “Imagine a World without Potatoes” campaign at the 10th World Potato Congress. A marketing specialist framed the campaign as follows: The problem is not that the potato fails to inspire, but that we take it for granted. 

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, is expanding its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada. The first sailing arrives in Montreal on July 19. 

The harvest season for romaine lettuce ended April 16 in Yuma, Arizona, but contamination with E. coli has caused five deaths and 197 illnesses. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the toll equals the spinach tragedy of 2006. 

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