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U.S.: First storm hits California, more heavy rain due following week

While Sacramento and Stockton suffered 1.5" and 1" of rain, it has not yet been confirmed whether the atypical weather has affected these cherry- and blueberry-growing regions' crops.
May 17 , 2019

U.S.: Lidl to expand with 25 new East Coast stores by spring 2020

With the expansion, Lidl says it expects to sell its products in more than 100 stores and to create more than 1,000 new jobs across nine states by the end of next year.
May 17 , 2019

Shoppers will pay the price as U.S.-China trade war escalates, says Walmart

Reports say that while Walmart says it aims to maintain its “low-price leadership”, its vendors have already started to raise prices, among them Del Monte Foods, which supplies the company's fresh and packaged goods.
May 17 , 2019

India closes table grape season with EU exports up by a third

Table grape prices in the European market slumped for around six weeks from mid-February through March amid heavy supplies but recovered somewhat from April.
May 17 , 2019

State of the Market - Week 19, 2019

Red seedless table grape supplies from Chile are still abundant in the U.S. market, with good turnover and stable pricing reported.
May 17 , 2019
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U.S.: California storms won't damage avocado crops but could delay harvesting Avocado growing regions are forecasted to miss the brunt of the storms, but the possible rainfall could lead to harvesting delays, says the California Avocado Commission.

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The global blueberry industry gathering in British Columbia, Canada The International Blueberry Organization Summit is hosted by the BC Blueberry Council in Canada and will take place in Richmond, Vancouver, from June 24-26.

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Chilean kiwifruit volumes forecast down 15% this season A year-on-year drop of around 5% had been anticipated earlier this year, but Chilean Kiwifruit Committee president Carlos Cruzat recently said that volumes will likely be up to 15% lower.

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