This tropical fruit has a small but steady following. The likelihood of a papaya purchase remained the same as in Fresh Trends 2012, with 12% of shoppers picking up papaya in the past year.
New Limeco LLC has made recent investments in food safety programs.
U.S. importers expect larger volumes of papayas, limes and other fruits this season.
Grower-shippers and industry officials look forward to strong demand for a range of fresh fruits and vegetables for Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the Horse.
Papaya volumes will likely be lower than normal for the foreseeable future thanks to heavy rains in Central America, importers said.
It’s been said farming is a gamble. Growers take a risk and sometimes lose, with low markets and a lack of demand.More Packer Stories for Papayas
Market Scope - Papayas — F.o.b.s as of Feb. 24
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (22-27-40) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 35- to 40-pound cartons maradol-type mostly $18-20. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (13-15-10) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Belize and Guatemala. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Cartons 30-35 pounds tainung-type 8-15s mostly $19-20. Quality generally good.
BRAZIL — Imports (1-2-0) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 3.5-kilogram solo-type (golden) 7-12s $11-12. Quality good.