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ProduceIQ: Western heat impacts are widespread

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The West Coast is bracing for yet another heat wave this weekend. Embattled growers are developing creative solutions and seeking government aid to address heat related issues with summer crops.

In-store grocery shopping is here to stay

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Amazon’s entry into retail grocery reminds me of the Cold War.

ProduceIQ: Markets uncertain as Elsa foreshadows busy hurricane season

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Market direction is uncertain. Will demand exceed supply when both are falling?

The forgotten second-most important asset

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But where does cash come from? The simple answer: from accounts receivable—promises made by buyers to sellers, to pay within a certain period of time.

Category Partners: Independence Day sales bump should return

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The extent to which the growth in specific produce categories during the week of July 4th is driven by the event itself or if the lift is simply a reflection of seasonal production shifts is less clear.

GRAPHIC: Bell pepper volume continues to rise

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The following graphic was produced by Agtools Inc. to show that the first six months of 2021 have seen the highest volume in the last seven years. The top growing regions of Mexico, Florida and Canada all sent more peppers to the U.S. market.

Produce packaging: A bag of contradictions

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Produce packaging presents some major contradictions these days.

ProduceIQ: Prices for July 4th rise with the temps

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Air-conditioned grocery stores won’t save Americans from price heat on this Independence Day. Prices are up +7.9 percent over the previous week.

Springworks offers local, decentralized lettuce option

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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.

ProduceIQ: Heat wave leaves industry parched

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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.