As a shipper of an FOB contract or a delivered sales contract, you have a responsibility to load product that meets suitable shipping condition, and that, under normal transit, will arrive at contract destination in a merchantable condition that meets contract specifications.  As a shipper you have an obligation to take appropriate steps at shipping point by loading the product in a proper manner which requires among other requirements that both product and trailer are properly pre-cooled.  

According to a published news report in the LA Times, Market Basket’s store shelves and produce bins remain bare as a controversial months-long dispute continues between management and employees. Western Growers Trade Practices Department has interacted with concerned shippers about the timing of past due accounts payable receipts as well as how to handle loads purchased and delivered to Market Basket or loads that were diverted because there were no Market Basket employees to unload the produce.

Tom Oliveri

Last night, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1471 into law, a $7.5 billion water bond bill that includes $2.7 billion for storage infrastructure. The measure, which replaces the $11.1 billion water bond passed by the Legislature in 2009, will appear as Proposition 1 this November.  Earlier in the evening, both the California Assembly and Senate approved the bill in impressive fashion with votes of 77-2 and 37-0 respectively.

President and CEO of Western Growers Tom Nassif issued a statement applauding passage of the legislation:

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