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.
The National Mango Board expects to keep rolling after the departure of William Watson, its first executive director, in April.
Mangoes are setting the pace for the tropical category in foodservice, according to suppliers.More Packer Stories for Tropicals
Market Scope - Tropicals — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 12
CENTRAL AMERICAN IMPORTS — Imports (35*-30*-31) — Imports from Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading slow. Prices yuca higher; calabaza, chayote (20 pounds), malanga (lila), taro eddoes, dasheen (large) and yams (yellow) lower; Chayote (40 pounds), ginger root, malanga (blanca) dasheen (medium) and yams (white) generally unchanged. Calabaza 50-pound sacks mostly $9- $10. Chayote 20-pound cartons mostly $7.50-8, 40-pound cartons mostly $13. Ginger root 30-pound cartons mostly $40. Malanga 40-pound cartons blanca (large) mostly $39-40, lila (large) mostly $52. Taro 40-pound cartons eddoes mostly $24, dasheen 40-pound cartons (large) mostly $54-55, 50-pound sacks (medium) mostly $17-18. Yams (name) 45-pound cartons yellow mostly $42, 50-pound cartons white mostly $27-28. Yuca (cassava) 40-pound cartons mostly $17. Quality good. *revised.
CARIBBEAN IMPORTS — Imports (6*-3*-4) — Imports from the Dominican Republic. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. Coconut 65- to 70-pound sacks 40s mostly $25. Quality good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (7-1-4) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices slightly higher. 40-pound cartons chayote mostly $11-12. Quality variable.