RAC/CRMB Weekly Update
To: All Members, Alternates, Packers, Staff, and Interested Industry Partners

Raisin Industry News and the Work of the Raisin Administrative Committee and the California Raisin Marketing Board

August 21, 2015


For the period of July 19, 2015 through July 31, 2015:

348 tons of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) raisins were delivered to handlers.

406 tons of all varietal types were delivered.

1,456 tons of all varietal types were delivered for the same period last year.

303,890 tons of NS raisins have been delivered for the year-to-date. This compares to 364,794 tons of NS deliveries as of this date a year ago.

344,494 tons of all varietal types have been delivered YTD, compared to 405,149 tons in 2013-2014.

14,166 tons of the NS deliveries for 2014-15 crop year are organic.

2,626 tons of NS are held on memo storage.

748 tons of NS are held for reconditioning.


The RAC July 2015 shipment report of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) Raisins shows that domestic shipments (including Canada) were 14,342 packed tons, compared to 19,002 tons in 2014 (-25%). Year-to-date domestic shipments are 189,725 packed tons compared to 202,809 tons at this time in 2014 (-6%).

NS export shipments (without Canada) for July 2015 were 9,291 packed tons, compared to 11,317 tons in 2014 (-18%). YTD export shipments are 111,407 packed tons, compared to 142,756 tons a year ago, a decrease of 22%.

NS shipments to all destinations year-to-date are 301,132 packed tons, compared to 345,566 packed tons for last year (-13%).   

2009 Reserve Pool Payments
On June 30, 2015, the RAC mailed to growers, who delivered during the 2009/10 crop year, their 2009 Reserve Pool checks.  Growers received checks for the remaining 15% of their deliveries for that crop year, having received 85% payment upon delivery in 2009.
The Weekly Drought Update from the Governor's Drought Task Force is attached, along the item below:
Sacramento River Water Temperature Management Plan Revised:
Thomas Howard, the Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board, has approved the revised Sacramento River Temperature Management Plan, submitted by the Bureau of Reclamation on June 25, 2015 (Approval Order). Mr. Howard notes that the revised plan does not achieve a temperature of 56 degrees F as required, but should provide for stable but higher temperatures throughout the temperature control season. Revised Temperature Plan
Groundwater Management, Agricultural Land Trends and Drought To Be Discussed At The Upcoming State Board of Food and Agriculture Meeting: Groundwater management and agricultural land trends during the drought will be the topics of discussion at the next California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 'N' Street - Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814. Press Release
State Reduces Water Use By Nearly 29 Percent in Advance of June Conservation Mandates:
As the State continues to experience near-record and record hot conditions, increasing the severity of the drought's effects on communities, agriculture and the environment, California's urban water suppliers reported the highest level of conservation achieved to date for the month of May. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced on Tuesday that statewide residential water use declined 28.9 percent in May, the steepest drop since Governor Jerry Brown called on all Californians to conserve water in the face of limited supplies. Press Release
Water Right Curtailment Update: Merced River: Priority Date of 1858 and Later/Upper San Joaquin River: All Appropriative Rights:
With drought conditions continuing into the summer months, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) extended curtailments on the Merced River for senior water rights dating back to 1858; and all pre-1914 and post-1914 appropriative rights on the Upper San Joaquin River. The Upper San Joaquin River runs from upstream of Friant Dam to the confluence with the Merced River. Today's announcement affects 16 water rights held by eleven owners. Press Release
Save Our Water Launches Summer Public Education Campaign:
With California in the grip of the worst drought in a generation, Save Our Water - California's official statewide conservation education program - is launching a new public education campaign urging Californians to step up and make even more cuts in their water use. Save Our Water's campaign urges Californians to "Let It Go" by limiting outdoor water use and letting lawns fade to gold for the summer, while preserving precious water resources for trees and other important landscapes. Campaign elements include billboards, outdoor media, traditional and digital radio, digital and social media, theatre ads, and on-the-street efforts that will be seen and heard throughout areas of the state facing the highest water use reduction targets set by the State Water Resources Control Board. Press Release
We've been blogging! Check out our Planting Seeds Blog at http://plantingseedsblog.cdfa.ca.gov/wordpress/
Karen Ross, Secretary 
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-0433


The webinars are FREE, and available to anyone with Internet access. However, registration is required and space is limited.  If you're in the produce industry, you don't want to miss these interactive webinars!

Fruit & Vegetable Market News Organic Reporting
Thursday, July 16, 2015

This AMS' Fruit & Vegetable Market News webinar helps you learn:
• How Market News works for you
• The scope of AMS's organic reporting capabilities
• Using USDA's Fruit & Vegetable Market News Portal to access organic data and reports.
• How you can put Market New Organics Report to work for you.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of USDA Market News.  Growers and the entire produce supply chain rely on USDA's Fruit and Vegetable Market News Portal for timely, reliable, unbiased data on America's agricultural economy. Learn more about the Organic information available to you! Register today at http: bit.ly/FVWebinarMN071615

Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables (UFV Pilot)
Thursday, August 13, 2015

AMS' Commodity Procurement Program is seeking additional vendors for our UFV Pilot; this webinar details how to become one!  Click here for the pilot's website.  You will learn about:
• Vendor Eligibility Requirements, the Application Submission process, and how contracts and payments to vendors are made.
• How to develop additional opportunities for schools to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables with entitlement funding.
• how the Pilot Project leverages school's established relationships with growers, produce wholesales, and distributors while encouraging new partnerships to form.
• The roles of Federal, State, and local agencies and various distribution scenarios.
The UFV Pilot helps schools in eight states (CA, WA, OR, MI, CT, NY, VA) promote "local" purchases and farm-to-school initiatives.
Register today at http: bit.ly/FVWebinarCP081315

A Breach of Contract is Established under PACA : Now What?
Thursday, September 10, 2015

AMS' Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) Division presents this webinar to explore the steps after a breach of contract is determined.  A short introductory video about PACA is available here.  We recommend viewing the Dec, 2013 webinar titled, "Interpreting USDA Fruit and Vegetable Inspections: Does the Shipment Make Good Delivery?" prior to this new presentation.  Hot topics to be discussed in the webinar include:
• How to calculate damages in an FOD contract.
• How to properly document a consignment transaction.
• Open or price after sale - How is the contract price agreed upon?
• How a delivered sale differs from other contracts.
Register today at http: bit.ly/FVWebinarPACA091015

We will host additional webinars on AMS programs


Seoul, South Korea - Arrived late on Friday, June 12th.  June 13th, participated in the 9th Annual Bakery Product Development Contest at the Hotel & Tourism Occupational Training College.  From an application pool of 75 entries, 10 finalists were selected to bake-off their formulas at the school in 3 categories - Bread, California raisin & U.S. cheese breads and Pastries.  In summary, 6 total winners were selected to attend the U.S. Study Tour later this summer.
Additionally I met with 3 major importers in their offices on Monday, June 15th,which included viewing new trail mixes with California raisins ready for launch.  On June 16th I conducted a presentation and luncheon for 20 members of another 14 importing companies, and 7 press members from trade and consumer magazines.  Focus was on results of the latest U.S. study showing raisins help lower blood pressure and blood sugar.  That afternoon a visit was made to the U.S. Embassy to meet with ATO Director Kevin Sage-El and staff to discuss current market situation in South Korea and within the California Raisin industry.
Tokyo, Japan - Arrived in Japan on the evening of the 17th of June.  June 18th, A.M. met with the President of Yamazaki Bakeries (a $5.8 Billion company with nearly 18,000 employees and serving 107,950 retail stores) to discuss their use of California Raisins. A separate report to RAC Members, as a result of that meeting, was sent earlier this week.  Following this meeting, a luncheon & meeting was held with the Executive Committee members of the JDFIA.  Main outcome was to re-instate the training of young members of the dried fruit departments within JDFIA member trading companies, to take place in California in late September of this year.  Called the Junior JDFIA, the activity is a shared cost between the RAC & JDFIA, teaching them about the California raisin industry first hand.
June 19th, held a press conference for 9 trade and consumer publications to discuss new research to lower blood pressure and blood sugar by eating raisins. I also met with U.S. Agricultural Minister- Counselor David Miller and ATO director Rachel Nelson and staff to discuss submitted 2015/2016 UES and same health research as from the press conference.  I participated in the prize drawing for the Consumer Campaign.
June 20th - participated in the RAC's 24th Annual Bakery Product Development contest at the Japan Institute of Baking.  From nearly 300 applications received, 22 finalists were invited to bake-off for the 10 trips to the U.S. Study Tour.  All winning products will be commercialized within 6 months of winning the contest.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015
• Budget Subcommittee - 2:00pm
• CRMB Full Board - 3:00pm

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