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.
Produce industry veteran Albert Ramirez has joined New Limeco LLC as director of sales.
Produce suppliers are quick to credit the success of mainstream items like bananas, pineapples and avocados for having driven tropical fruit sales in recent years. However, the category as a whole is showing gains, according to data from the Produce Marketing Association.
Retailers who limit their tropical selections are leaving money on the table needlessly, said Karen Caplan, CEO of Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s Inc.
There’s a great, big beautiful world of tropicals beyond mangoes, suppliers say.
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Market Scope - Papayas — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 20
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (31-32-28) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early active, late fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. 35- to 40-pound cartons maradol-type mostly $19-20. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (10-14-8) — 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 8-14s mostly $23-24. Quality generally good.
BRAZIL — Imports (1-0-0) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. 3.5-kilogram solo-type (golden) 7-12s mostly $9.50. Quality good.