Inside this Food Report
This is the time when many of us make our New Year resolutions and so many resolutions have to do with health; eating better , losing weight , and exercising more. Below is an article on the benefits of drinking your breakfast. We hope it is helpful and might give you some ideas to start your year off right and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
December has come and gone and it was a busy time for the Noon Team. Seattle staff headed down to the beautiful city of San Francisco to attend Noon International’s annual Christmas extravaganza with our Danville cohorts. Raffles, karaoke, prizes and games were all part of the weekend. We all noted some new competition on the karaoke front from one of our newer colleagues, Jessie Kim, who joined our accounting division. I think we will all have to practice a little bit more this year!
January will bring some of us once again to San Francisco to attend the Fancy Food Show so please let us know if you will be there as we would love to see you.
Wishing you all the best for the year ahead.
Betty and the Noon International Team
United States: Vegetable and fruit crops are now completed. Yields on most vegetables products, especially peas were down this season due to weather conditions.
It is being reported by North American Potato Market News that the shortfall of the potato crop in the Columbia Basin may require an early start to the 2014/15 frozen processing season. Fry sales to Japan fell by approximately 19% and sales to China fell approximately 25% compared to last season at this same time. The reduced sales are being attributed to the weak value of the Japanese yen as well as unfavorable publicity concerning chicken quality in fast food chain restaurants in both Japan and China.
The Pacific Northwest raspberry crop fared well this year.
Florida’s orange crop is expected to be the lowest since 1990. Orange growers are struggling with a bacterium called “citrus greening” which turns the leaves brown, fails to ripen the fruit and eventually kills the orange trees. It has spread to all 32 of Florida’s citrus growing regions.
Mexico: Broccoli and Cauliflower inventories are still tight, however rains have subsided. Improved weather with warm days and cool nights will begin to help strengthen broccoli and cauliflower yields. We expect inventories to align January/February.
Guatemala: Broccoli raw material is very tight due to low season in Guatemala.
Central America: A fungus called “roya” is affecting the coffee crop in countries such as Guatemala and Honduras. Crop losses are expected at $500 million and approximate loss of jobs in Guatemala alone is expected at affect 374,000 people.
Peru: Asparagus season is now completed. As previously advised Peru has decreased their asparagus plantations with other more profitable crops such as avocadoes and grapes. However market demand is still high for asparagus and demand still out weighs supply. Mango season will commence this month.
Chile: Asparagus season is completed. Berry season is underway. First reports of a reduced blueberry crop due to Chiles frost in September is not as damaging as first thought. Most of the frost damage occurred in areas where limited amounts of blueberries are grown.
Argentina: Warm dry weather could hurt the soybean and corn crops , however forecasted rain may benefit the late planted corn and soybean. Soybean plantings in Argentina as well as Brazil will top records this season.
Zhejiang Province: Cold temperatures has reduced yields for the current lotus root crop. Large demand domestically for broccoli and cauliflower has resulted in soaring prices. Mandarin yields are down due to cold weather and prices are high.
Fujian Province: Broccoli and Cauliflower harvest now in peak production. Quality is good. Water chestnut quality has struggled so far but expected to improve in January. Prices are higher than last season due to reduced yields.
Shandong Province: Burdock is currently under harvest. Prices are up due to high domestic demand.
China General: Shanghai as well as the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa suffered extreme smog conditions in December . Shanghai’s concentration of harmful PM 2.5 particles was 602.5 micrograms per cubic meter which is considered a hazardous level. The dirty air gripped Shanghai and its neighboring provinces for days and is caused by coal burning, car exhaust, factory waste and weather patterns.
The Pros and Cons of GMO
Genetically modified organisms, better known as GMO, are organisms whose genetic makeup has been altered by the insertion of genes from other organisms. GMO – in particular, GM foods – are everywhere in the news these days because of their impact on commerce as well as on health.
However, opponents of GMO claim that GM farming harms the environment and the consumers in the long run.
Above are only a few of the pro’s and con’s of GMO foods and the debate will surely rage on.
Liquid Breakfast – What A Smooth(ie) Idea!
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After fasting for the entire night, your body needs that wholesome, filling, energy-rich meal that will boost your morning and carry you well into the day. Unfortunately, in the real world, mornings are often the most rushed time of the day. How many of us have the time to prepare a well-balanced, healthy breakfast and actually sit down to eat it? Well, here is the solution – have a liquid breakfast!
The Great Urban Rush: China’s Ambitious Plan.
Soon after he took charge as the new Chinese Prime Minister in March 2013, Li Keqiang put into effect a grand plan to move 250 million rural Chinese into urban areas over the next 12 years in order to create a large consumer base to drive the economy for decades to come.
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