The United Fresh Washington Conference, Sept 24-26, will be the epi-centre of U.S. discussions on fresh produce trade, markets and related public policy issues.  Ontario industry representatives will be there to ensure members remain current and competitive in this climate of uncertainty.

Awards at the Asia Fruit Logistica trade show, September 5-7, spotlight the growth of fresh produce companies. One example is India’s IG International, the second-largest, cold-chain company by capacity in the subcontinent. It’s doing a big business in apples. 

A Chinese-based company, Eagle Brother Co Ltd., is specializing in drones that spray crop protection products. In a demonstration, one model drone sprayed 40 acres of rice paddies in two hours with only one quadcopter and 12 batteries.

A trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico has been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is encouraged with the pending movement towards a trilateral deal. 

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. 

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