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November 1, 2016

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Hello ~Contact.FirstName~,

I hope you enjoyed Halloween and had lots of trick or treaters! It has been a very busy few weeks here at Noon International. Some of us were in Japan (where apparently Halloween is very popular recently with Tokyo filled with Halloween candy and cakes everywhere and we were asked many questions about Halloween). I have put a link here for some of our Japanese friends who were curious about the origins of Halloween. We also attended the Sial Exhibition in Paris, France and as usual it was fast paced and extremely hectic.

Click Here for the Halloween Link!

The harvest season in the U.S. is pretty much completed except for a few late crops such as squash and pumpkin. Those should be winding down this month. For the most part here in the U.S. our harvest season was pretty uneventful. Vegetable and fruits did very well with good yields and excellent quality. Due to the warm spring weather and continued hot summer all crops came on very quickly with early starts. All in all, it was a fantastic season for everyone.

We still have some volumes of sweet corn, peas, carrots and potatoes available as well as a few loads of organic edamame and mukimame. Lots of inquiries coming in from Japan due to the Hokkaido typhoon situation so inventories are going down quickly.

Hard to believe we have approached November and the holidays are upon us but before Thanksgiving arrives we have election day here in America. Okay, I have to mention it....don't forget to vote as this is going to be one election cycle that we won't forget any time soon!

All The Best,
Betty And The Noon International Team


United States: Sweet Corn season fully completed. The Northwest experienced a very good season with high yields and good quality. Midwest processors struggled at the tail end of the season with rain so yields may be down a bit in this area. Overall it has been a good season for U.S sweet corn.

Green Bean harvest did extremely well this year with high yields and good quality.

Diced carrot production still on going in Oregon and Washington and reports indicate we will have an average harvest.

Potato harvest completed. Reports in regarding Colombia Basin area are that the early variety potato yields were very good, however some later varieties had smaller yields. In general overall yields ended more favorable than anticipated.

Berry season in the U.S. completed. It was a very good year for blueberries with record crops in Oregon and Washington. In the state of Maine, despite the drought conditions this season the wild blueberry crop produced its highest yields ever - 93 million pounds.

The cherry season in Michigan was also very good, with higher than expected yields and good quality fruit.

Mexico: We are now through the rainy season in Mexico, however broccoli and cauliflower still coming in slow due to the ramifications of the tail end of the rain. The situation, however, is beginning to improve with most factories now running at full capacity.

Guatemala: Broccoli season is doing very well with good yields and quality. Currently Guatemala is producing broccoli, okra and a small amount of cauliflower. Conditions are good for all crops.

Peru: Mango season in Peru is expected to be better than last year due to the cooler weather. Flowering went well and the harvest will begin this month. Asparagus season now underway.
Peru's Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation announced in October that Peru will become the largest exporter of fresh blueberries within the next few years due to the country's increased production of this crop.

Chile: Asparagus season now underway in Chile. Blueberry production for both fresh and frozen going well and expected to continue through the end of the year.

Europe: Still uncertainty in the European vegetable market. Most vegetables are in tight supply and offers limited due to a poor growing season caused by cooler weather and rain. Green bean harvest is delayed and most are now worried about early frost.

Potato reports coming out of Europe mention raw material will be tight and processors may not be able to meet their expected sales expansion goals. The North-western European Potato Growers suffered a cold and wet spring which delayed plantings. Summer season brought very hot dry weather and many growers were holding off on digging due to the harden soil. Rain in October has accelerate the harvest in Belgium as soil has soften and growers are digging as quickly as possible, however a low production is expected in spite of the increased acreage which was planted for the season.

Japan: Japan still feeling the effects of the typhoons that ripped through Japan's Hokkaido area in September. All vegetables grown in this region, including corn, potatoes, carrots and onions will be in tight supply. Reports from the USDA FAS in Japan estimates a 20% - 25% yield loss. About 10% of the seed potato was lost to the typhoons as well. Farmers have plowed under potato fields due to flooding and some processing factories have been closed due to damage. It is uncertain whether or not they will reopen.

Thailand: It seems the Thai sweet corn supply has been improving. Heat and drought created a very tight supply situation during May/June/July. However much needed rains in August have helped to normalize and improve supply.

Pineapple processors are still struggling due to weather conditions throughout the year and volumes of pineapple are expected to be low. The season will begin this month however the outlook for volume and quality is not good. Due to lack of rain the fruit has matured very slowly.

Taiwan: Lychee fruit is in tight supply. Poor weather last winter, including cold and heavy rain caused low pollination and a poor crop resulting in only 20 % of the fruit being harvested. New season will commence in January 2017 and a better crop is anticipated.


Shandong Province: Edamame harvest is now completed. Quality and yields are reported as good with stable price. Broccoli season has begun; however cold autumn weather has impacted the growth of the broccoli. Quality issues are apparent and if the cooler and rainy weather continue the situation may worsen. Taro processing has started. Quality is average but yields are down by about 40%. Due to low prices last season most farmers reduced their acreage which has now brought prices up by 8% - 10% on taro.

Zhejiang Province: Edamame harvest is completed; however, some factories are processing mukimame. Although a typhoon went through the Zhejiang area last month broccoli and cauliflower were not damaged and transplanting is moving forward however recent very warm weather has stunted growth speed. To date the quality looks okay. Lotus root now being harvested. Quality and prices remain stable.

Mandarin orange harvest will commence soon. Due to high temperatures yields have declined by about 30%. Prices have increase by 20% - 30%

Fujian Province: Unfortunately in this area the past typhoons caused major damage to many factories. Some were forced to close temporarily to repair damages. The autumn crop of edamame was seriously damaged and yields will be limited. As well, okra yields will decline sharply due to the recent typhoon.

Walmart Invests In China's Food Safety

China is no stranger to food safety concerns. The country has been the epicenter of food safety issues ranging from street food to baby formula, and the international community has mounted considerable pressure in recent years to see China reform its regulations. But now an unexpected player is entering the food safety game: Walmart. The retail giant is investing $25 million dollars over five years to help bolster food safety research.

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has long been working to establish themselves in China. But doing so has proven a struggle, due in part to a lack of adaptation to local tastes and ongoing food safety concerns.

"By bringing together the best food safety thinkers from across the food ecosystem, from farmers to suppliers, retailers to policy regulators, we'll accelerate food safety awareness and help make Chinese families safer and healthier," Walmart Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said last month at a Beijing event announcing the investment.

Cauliflower - Healthly and Versatile!

Cauliflower doesn't always get the respect it deserves. While a staple of soups and cheesey side dishes, this stark white vegetable is easy to overlook. But next time you are in the supermarket give that frozen or fresh cauliflower a second look. It is packed with health benefits, and is actually more versatile than you think. You can get all the benefits listed below by making cauliflower rice, a tasty hummus-style dip, or even a pizza crust! Roasted cauliflower is delicious as well as tossing some in your favorite pasta dish. We have seen cauliflower recently on top of pizza and used as a more healthy option in nachos instead of fried chips. And only this week I spotted frozen mashed cauliflower in my grocery store!

Help Your Heart -- Cauliflower is packed with sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that is found in cruciferous veggies. It has been found to help lower the risk of cancer, and to help strengthen blood pressure and kidney function. It may also help boost methylation, a DNA component that can help cellular repair in the fragile inner arteries.

Your Brain, too! -- Choline is a B-vitamin found in cauliflower that could help with brain development and strength. When mothers-to-be consumed diets with choline, it was found that the brain activity of their babies was increased. Choline has also been linked to protection of toxins during childhood and reduced memory loss in old age, meaning a serving of cauliflower helps your brain at literally any age.

Get a Crunchy Detox -- Put down the ginger and lemon water and pick up some cauliflower, because this veggie is loaded with vitamins and minerals that can help detoxify your system. Along with vitamin C, cauliflower has vitamin K and B6, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese. It also contains antioxidants that help your body rid itself of toxins, such as glucosinolates.

Go for the Gut -- Sulforaphane has been linked to helping with digestion, but cauliflower is also a great source of dietary fiber, which helps regulate your digestive system. Keeping your gut happy is one of the foundations to ensuring a healthy diet and your body's ability to make the most of nutrients it's given. Cauliflower can help make sure that foundation is solid!

The World's Seeds, Deep Inside a Mountain Side

Technology might be revolutionizing the way we eat, but at the end of the day seeds are still the workhorse of our global food system. And in a vault in rural Norway, the future of these miniscule building blocks are kept safe and secure for future generations.

Located in a mountain vault on an island between Norway and the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a repository of the world's seeds. It includes common varietals, like corn or barley, and more exotic or rare heirloom offerings. The vault contains hundreds of millions of different seeds, all stored deep in the side of a mountain in arctic conditions. It is the world's largest collection of crop diversity.

Why? To help protect biodiversity. Established in 2008 by the Norwegian government, the Global Seed Vault is collecting and preserving seeds to help ensure the continuation of crop survival. The stock of seeds in the vault represent the wide range of diversity in our crops, and are kept safe so that in the event of famine or natural disaster, we can re-establish the food supply. By ensuring as much diversity as possible, scientists will be able to engineer and grow plants that are adaptable to changing conditions brought on by climate change or other large shifts in how agriculture is conducted. The vault also facilitates research, helping scientists working on crop breeding or adapting.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault isn't the only such vault in the world. In fact every country has its own localized version of the system, where they store crop seeds specific to their country. But most countries also send duplicate seeds to the Global Seed Vault, which functions as a backup. This is helpful in situations like Syria, where civil war threatened their seed bank. In fact the last batch of seeds were hurried out of Syria to Svalbard just before the worst of the fighting began there.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault's remote location ensures the seeds are protected against man made disasters such as war and the constand freeze and thick rock guarantee seed survival even without electricity.

If you are interested to learn more about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the book "Seeds On Ice" by Cary Fowler is extremely interesting and also includes beautiful photography.

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