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

May 22, 2015                          

DELIVERIES TO HANDLERS

For the period of April 12, 2015 through May 16, 2015:

11,644 tons of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) raisins were delivered to handlers.

12,6167 tons of all varietal types were delivered.

8,729 tons of all varietal types were delivered for the same period last year.

298,018 tons of NS raisins have been delivered for the year-to-date. This compares to 352,543 tons of NS deliveries as of this date a year ago.

338,311 tons of all varietal types have been delivered YTD, compared to 392,419 tons in 2013-2014.

13,281 tons of the NS deliveries for 2014-15 crop year are organic.

3,098 tons of NS are held on memo storage.

1,312 tons of NS are held for reconditioning.

RAC reports may be found at www.raisins.org


APRIL SHIPMENTS

The RAC April 2015 shipment report of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) Raisins shows that domestic shipments (including Canada) were 16,299 packed tons, compared to 18,952 tons in 2014
(-14%). Year-to-date domestic shipments are 146,263 packed tons compared to 147,411 tons at this time in 2014 (-1%).

NS export shipments (without Canada) for April 2015 were 10,625 packed tons, compared to 13,120 tons in 2014 (-19%). YTD export shipments are 86,103 packed tons, compared to 105,962 tons a year ago, a decrease of 19%.

NS shipments to all destinations year-to-date are 232,366 packed tons, compared to 253,373 packed tons for last year (-8%).


Fair Labor Standards

U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division is outreaching to Agricultural commodities regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act. As a courtesy, we are including their information below, should your have any questions, contact them directly.

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the United States Department of Labor (DOL), is responsible for the enforcement of federal laws involving labor standards, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), which affect agricultural employment. The FLSA ensures proper payment of overtime and minimum wage under federal law. The MSPA ensures payment of promised wages, disclosure of working conditions, housing safety and health, safe transportation, and other requirements.

Our agriculture program consists of an enforcement component, compliance assistance, and building partnerships with stakeholders. We are leveraging different employer groups, including shippers/packers such as yours, to assist the Wage and Hour Division in promoting compliance with federal labor laws.

There are a variety of resources and useful tools in our website (http://www.dol.gov/whd/) that your clients and employees can utilize to learn more about federal labor law requirements.

Some of the most useful agriculture related fact sheets are:

Fair Labor Standards Act:
http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs12.pdf

Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs49.pdf

Joint Employment and Independent Contractors:
http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs35.pdf

Our main web page includes a telephone directory of all WHD offices nationwide (http://www.dol.gov/whd/WHD_district_offices.pdf).
You can also find a variety of resources and information including power point presentations, training videos, press releases, drop-in articles, and compliance publications in different languages, including Spanish, which will be beneficial for your members.

Moreover, you can subscribe to our DOL newsletter at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOL/subscriber/qualify for current agency updates.

Teresa Ruiz
Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
Sacramento District
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-1836
Sacramento, CA 95829
Tel/Fax: (916) 485-6264
E-mail: Ruiz.maria@dol.gov


SAFE FOOD CALIFORNIA RECAP

DFA of California would like to extend its thanks to all of those who participated in making Safe Food California 2015 the success that it was. We hope that you will join us in coming years as we pursue our goal of becoming the most insightful, educational food safety conference ever produced.

A full conference recap including speaker presentations is available at www.safefoodcalifornia.com

http://www.dfaofca.com/


UPCOMING RAC MEETING

Wednesday, May 27
Audit Subcommittee @ 2:00 pm

For more information www.raisins.org


UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS

International Nut and Dried Fruit Congress
May 22-24, 2015
Antalya, Turkey
May 2016, San Diego, CA, USA
For information, go to www.nutfruit.org

University of California Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center 50th Anniversary
May 26, 2015
5 - 9 pm
http://kare.ucanr.edu/


Raisin Administrative Committee
www.raisins.org
559-225-0520

California Raisin Marketing Board
www.loveyourraisins.com
559-248-0287


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