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June 1, 2017

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Hello Everyone,

We hope our U.S. friends enjoyed their Memorial Day holiday last weekend. For those of us in the Pacific Northwest it was an ideal weekend weather wise, warm and sunny, great for enjoying your favorite outdoor activity. For me that means gardening, barbecuing, and enjoying time with friends and family, and yes, I did all of those over the weekend – it was lovely.

With the continued forecast for warmer weather, the U.S. pea crop is set to start up for a few processors this coming week! Initially there was discussion of a delayed crop due to the cool and wet spring, however the recent warmer weather has moved the crop along nicely.

Edamame will be our next large crop coming up in China. The season it is expected to be a good one so please let us know your requirements for edamame and/or mukimame soon!

This month we will be heading over to Eastern Oregon and Washington to see pea processing and we look forward to seeing many of you soon.
And of course, a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

Best Regards,

Betty Johnson And The Noon International Team

CropVeggies United States:

Pea plantings in the Northwest were delayed by about a week due to continued cold weather. Crops are in the ground; however, the rain and cool spring may delay the harvest a bit for a few Northwest processors, however others will begin the season as early as this upcoming week. Weather in Eastern WA and OR has warmed up over the past week which should improve conditions.

Sweet corn continues to be planted and at this moment approximately 50% to 75% is in the ground. We have heard a harvest start date from a few processors of around middle July if not sooner.

Potato plants in the Columbia Basin are beginning to emerge. However cool and wet weather has kept the soil temperatures low which may delay emergence of the crop. First harvest is expected around July 20th which is approximately 2 weeks later than last season’s potato crop.

The Northwest berry season is trending more normal to late as far as harvest. Rasperries should commence early July. Raspberries in the Northwest are expected to be down about 20% compared to last season due to a cold and wet winter. Blueberries harvest is schedule to commence approximately early August and yields are expected to be just slightly up compared to last season.

Weather in the Midwest region has been wet and cool resulting in slower than normal plantings. Pea planting is just about completed and the first peas in the Midwest are expected to harvest from middle June. Temperatures are now warming up in this area.

Mexico: The Northern Highlands area has commenced cauliflower and broccoli harvest, including organics. To date conditions look favorable with high quality and good yields.

Guatemala: Broccoli production will start up again towards end of this month or Beginning July. To date the harvest conditions are good and we expect a good season.

Peru: Mango season is completed with inventories low, especially on organic.

Europe: North Western European Potato Growers are planning to increase their potato acreage 3.6% compared to last season with the largest increase in Belgium. This comes because of high demand worldwide.

Cold and frost in Serbia and Hungary will affect raspberry and cherry crops in those regions. To date the full extent of the damage is not known for certain, however prices are expected to go up.

India: Alphonso variety mango season has commenced.


Compared to last season, the average rainfall is lower and the average temperature is lower.

Shandong Province: Green Asparagus harvest was delayed by about 10 days due to cool weather. Harvest commenced during the last week of April. Raw material is reported as good although yields will be reduced due to the shorten harvest time. Harvest is now winding down, quality is okay but prices remain high.

Zhejiang Province: Sugar snap peas and snow peas harvest is now underway. Acreage was increased by 10 – 20%. Quality is good with prices lower than last season. Lack of rain is expected to shorten the season. Edamame harvest coming along well. There has been an increase in yields this season and if June weather cooperates we may have a bumper crop.

Fujian Province: Water Chestnut production is now completed. Sugar snap peas are being harvested. Soy bean growth looks good to date.

Jiangsu and Anhui Province: Harvest of snow peas has just begun and in Jiangsu area the acreage was increased by approximately 30%. The season will go through the early part of June.


The Food Safety Modernization Act has introduced new regulations and steps required for food manufacturers and importers, many of which can be confusing as companies sift through what the new requirements mean for their own practices. One of the many changes applies to allergens, a common concern that can prove deadly for those with severe allergies to common ingredients. Although not complicated, the new steps required to protect against allergens do require action on the part of manufacturers.

The primary change is that Good Manufacturing Practices, or GMPs, are no longer optional. Allergen controls fall under the Preventative Controls Rule (and within that, the Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls) of the FSMA, which highlights the “Big 8” allergens requiring labeling under the 2004 Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. According to those rules, wheat, crustacean shellfish, eggs, fish, peanuts, milk, tree nuts and soybeans have to be clearly labeled on packaging. These eight account for 90 percent of food allergies, making them particularly important to control.

Under the FSMA’s new requirements, cross-contamination of allergens is banned during handling, storage, manufacturing, or use. Labeling must be guaranteed to be correct, while undeclared allergens are being put under heavy scrutiny. In order to stay in compliance with the FSMA, manufacturers can do the following:
  • Create an allergen control team, drawing from across the company to ensure all processes and practices are secure.
  • Take the time to examine current practices to identify any possible issues.
  • Using an “allergen map,” determine where possible allergens are used and how to make sure cross-contamination doesn’t take place.
  • Put a plan in place to guard against allergen mishandling.
  • Make sure your plan stays updated to reflect new ingredients, new practices, or changes in routine.
For more information on FSMA and its requirements, visit the FDA's website.


Summer is almost here, and with it comes a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables. While the internet abounds with tips and tricks about what veggies and fruits are best for you, the simple truth is that adding fruits and vegetables to your diet can help you get healthier. When better than summer to start revamping your diet, be it with fresh fruit and vegetables or frozen and canned?

Studies have found that diets rich in vegetables and fruit can lower the risk of obesity, stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, and other common health concerns. Fruit and vegetables also helps with inflammation, digestion, bone strength, and things like clear skin or better eyesight. Many vegetables are low in fat and calories, but high in nutrients and vitamins like folate, potassium, fiber, and Vitamin C. Although fruits do have sugar, they also have fiber and vitamins that make them a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth while still receiving a health benefit.

Red fruits like raspberries tend to have lycopene, ellagic acid, hesperidin, fiber, and Vitamins A and C, and protect against heart disease and lower the risk of cancer and high blood pressure. Green vegetables such as broccoli contains chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, calcium, folate, and Vitamin C, and reduces the risk of cancer, strengthens your immune system, and aides digestion. Orange and yellow vegetables contain flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene, and helps lower blood pressure, promote collagen formation, and works with calcium to strengthen bones. Purple colored fruits and vegetables can include flavonoids, antioxidants, Vitamins A and C, and calcium. Benefits from these foods include strengthened memory, heart health, and a lowered risk of Multiple Sclerosis.

Its simple to add more fruit and vegetables to your diet, especially in frozen or canned form. Start small, and work your way up. Identify places you can add more veggies and fruit, like in stir fried dishes or at breakfast, and start experimenting. Work your way up to a handful of all-vegetarian meals a week and begin eating fruit for breakfast and you will be on your way to a healtier you!


In April, numbers showed that organic farms were on the rise in 2016, continuing an upward trend that started in the early 2000s. Now the numbers are in for organic sales, and it shows that the strong upward trend that has driven widespread growth in organics continue.

According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Organic Industry Survey, organic sales in the United States rose by $3.7 billion to $47 billion for 2016. Organic food accounts for $43 billion, the first time organic food sales has broken $40 billion in one year, while organic non-foods accounts for the other $4 billion.

Among organic food sales, fruits and vegetables make up the largest sector with $15.6 billion in sales. Sales of organic produce grew by 8.4 percent last year, bypassing the 3.3 percent growth in overall produce sales and officially making up around 15 percent of all produce sold in the United States. But the biggest gain over the course of the year was in meat and poultry, which grew by 17 percent to hit $991 million in sales for the year.

"The organic industry continues to be a real bright spot in the food and ag economy both at the farm-gate and check-out counter," said OTA's CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha. “Organic farms, suppliers, and handlers are creating jobs across the country, and the organic sector is growing and creating the kinds of healthy, environmentally friendly products that consumers are increasingly demanding."

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