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ProduceIQ: Prices remain elevated as crops move south

- Analysis
After a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Organic Produce Summit garnered a surprisingly hearty turnout in Monterey, CA. A fitting end to a demanding summer season.

Braga Fresh to release new item at Organic Produce Summit

- General News
Braga Fresh will debut Josie’s Organics baby iceberg lettuce in a 2-count retail bag at the 2021 Organic Produce Summit, Sept. 16 in Monterey in booth #204.

ProduceIQ: Prices rise as the fall approaches

- Analysis
The fresh produce industry is humming as the first day of fall rapidly approaches (at least for us plan-two-weeks-ahead produce folks). Demand is increasing for seasonal items, such as pumpkins, hard squash and apples.

ProduceIQ: Wildfires affect crops in CA and beyond

- Analysis
While astronauts watch from space as California wildfires spew smoke, the fresh produce industry is also keeping a birds-eye view on blazes in the golden state.

Heat, humidity lead to quality issues for California lettuce

- General News
Salinas, CA, area growers report the heat and humidity in July and early August is causing quality problems for iceberg, romaine and leaf lettuce.

ProduceIQ: Limes get wet and rise to the occasion

- Analysis
Limes reach a ten-year weekly high, $15.20 for 40-pound cartons. Unfortunately for buyers and growers, record rain throughout the month of June is putting a damper on the beginning of peak season in Veracruz.

Springworks offers local, decentralized lettuce option

- Analysis
Springworks CEO Trevor Kenkel says the coronavirus has hastened a trend toward locally produced, greenhouse lettuce as an alternative to the large-scale, field-grown commercial product from California and Arizona.

AppHarvest breaks ground on fourth and fifth high-tech indoor farms

- General News
AppHarvest, Inc., a leading AgTech company, public benefit corporation and Certified B Corp focused on farming more sustainably using up to 90% less water than open-field agriculture and only recycled rainwater, today announced the start of construction for two new high-tech indoor farms in Central Appalachia.

ProduceIQ: Heat wave leaves industry parched

- Analysis
While decreases across categories dragged the overall index slightly down, anxiety over Western heat and forecasted precipitation is causing prices for lettuce and certain dry vegetables to jump off the floor.

ProduceIQ: Industry prices struggle as berries lead decline

- Analysis
Overall market prices sink lower again. Berries and stone fruit continue to slide during a time of year notorious for falling prices.