Inside this Food Report
Some of Noon’s team just returned from a two-week excursion to Taiwan and China where they assessed the current conditions of both our conventional and organic edamame fields and factories. The expression “boots on the ground”, meaning success can only be achieved by your direct physical presence, is one of the most important aspects of making sure that the vegetables and fruits Noon International delivers to our buyers is of the highest quality. But more important than this is that the food we send to you is safe with all the proper controls, procedures and audits in place.
Some of you already know many of us at Noon International practice the art of Feng Shui and this is actually another side of our business here at Noon International. We have included an article in our Eat Healthy section below regarding the yin and yang of eating. We hope this helps everyone during the busy season ahead to stay balanced and energetic!
All The Best,
Betty and The Noon International Team.
Most processors have begun green pea harvest/processing in Oregon and Washington States. Weather has been ideal for pea growing and we expect good yields with excellent quality this season.
Green Bean plantings are underway in Oregon and Washington states.
Russet variety potato harvest for processing is expected to begin in the Columbia Basin towards end of July. Weather has been favorable and harvest will begin earlier than anticipated.
Northwest corn planting is about 65 % completed. To date we are expecting a normal crop year.
Favorable weather in the Oregon and Washington states in early and late spring has resulted in expectations of a good cherry crop in Washington State. It is reported that blooming is progressing well and yields and quality are expected to be good.
Outlook for the Northwest Raspberry crop is down significantly. Winter weather conditions damaged some fields and projections on overall crop yields will be down this season. Anticipated start of harvest is end June/beginning July. On the other hand Oregon and Washington blueberries experienced great pollination weather and are doing well. All expectations are for a healthy blueberry season in the Pacific Northwest. Early variety blueberries should begin harvest around late July.
Green Pea harvest will commence in the Midwest region at end June a few days later than usual due to cooler weather. The states of Minnesota and Wisconsin have begun super sweet corn planting and the harvest is estimated to begin around August 17th depending on weather conditions.
State of California:
Ongoing drought conditions continue to affect many crops in California, including peaches. Processors there are concerned regarding the condition of the peach crop, especially coming off of a short season last year.
Mexico: Peak season for organic broccoli is now in full production. Yields and quality look excellent. Currently the weather in Mexico has been favorable for broccoli and cauliflower both conventional and organic and there have been no issue of pest or diseases. Both quality and volume is on target. Most of the volume is now coming from the Northern part of the state of Guanajuato.
Guatemala: Broccoli season will start up again in July.
Costa Rica: It was a disappointing season for mango . Small fruit resulted in low yields for processing with much of the fruit going to puree.
Ecuador: Raw material broccoli still remains low as processors struggle to fulfill orders. Growers are trying to convert as many fields to broccoli in order to keep up with demand.
Chile: Kiwi is being harvested and budgeted volumes are being reached. The Hayward variety finished up late May and now harvesting the Jintao variety.
Peru: Avocado season is now underway in Peru and to date crop conditions are good. Global demand for Peruvian avocado has been strong due to California’s recent drought conditions.
Europe: Green Pea harvest will begin this month in Belgium, France and Sweden. To date conditions there are good and reports are that yields and quality should be favorable this season.
Zhejiang Province: Edamame harvest is expected to begin in July. Yields may be down due to a decrease in flowering and prices are expected to increase.
Fujian Province: Edamame harvest expected to begin in June. To date the indication is that crop will be normal. Fields and quality look good.
Shandong Province: Due to unfavorable weather conditions, (too much rain) yields on strawberries declined by about 40% this season. Many factories lowered their processing volume and prices will increase by 15 – 20 % this season.
Green Pea harvest has also been hurt by unfavorable weather conditions and prices for green peas are expected to go up. Asparagus harvest/processing is underway. Quality is good and prices are stable.
An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away – Really?
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, is an adage we have been taught from childhood. We may now have to rethink this, with new data emerging about the amount of pesticides and other contaminants polluting the fresh produce on our supermarket shelves.
The Yin and Yang Of Food
Based on ancient Chinese wisdom, Chi – the life force – flowing through one’s body is directly affected by the food one eats. In order to maintain good health, this flow of energy should be dynamic and vigorous. This life force not only influences our physical health but also our mental health. In short, we are what we eat!
The World Is China’s Grocery Store
We all know that many of the goods that we see on the shelves of any US store – computers, appliances, apparel, toys, costume jewelry, stationery, books – are made in China. Many food items are also imported from China, top among them being seafood (tilapia, cod, clams), garlic and apple juice. But did you know that the US exports almost twice as much food to China as it imports from China?
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