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.
In this era where shippers and processors are taking extra steps to ensure consumers know their products are free of genetically modified organisms, Hawaiian papaya growers are going the opposite direction.
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.More Packer Stories for Papayas
Market Scope - Papayas — F.o.b.s as of April 14
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (39-39*-0**) — Movement expected to decrease slightly. Trading active. Prices higher. 35- to 40-pound cartons maradol-type mostly $22-23. Quality and condition variable. *revised, **data incomplete
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (2-12*-2) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to increase late the week of April 14. Belize and Guatemala. Port of entry: South Florida. Supply very light. Trading light. Cartons 30-35 pounds tainung-type 8-15s Supplies insufficient to quote. Quality generally good. *revised.
BRAZIL — Imports (3-0-0) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 3.5-kilogram solo-type (golden) 7-12s mostly $12-12.50. Quality good.
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