Dave’s Specialty Imports Inc., is adding another berry to its mix.
California’s drought, with its hot dry conditions, may have been a bane to many fruit and vegetable producers, but it’s been a boon to the state’s date growers.
Dates, cultivation of which extends back to Mesopotamian civilization, have seen a surge in popularity, fueled by strong demand during religious holidays and increasingly health-conscious consumers.
Depending on the supplier, demand for specialties and organic produce remains consistent to better than during the past several years.
Mexican greenhouse production is likely to expand into more commodities, growers say.More Packer Stories for Specialties
Market Scope - Persimmons — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 14
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (6-7-10) — Movement expected increase. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Cartons one-layer fuyu 15-16s $15.85-18.85, 17-18s $14.95-17.85, 20-22s $13.85-16.85, 24-25s $12.85-13.85. Extra services included.