Kazuo Ikeda, president of Ikeda Bros. and a cofounder of the Pismo Oceano Vegetable Exchange, died Feb. 11 in Arroyo Grande, Calif., at 94.
Ocean Mist Farms has begun shipping shrink-wrapped bok choy and napa cabbage in advance of Chinese New Year on Feb. 10.
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NEW YORK — Despite the lagging economy, specialties demand remains steady.
Chinese New Year’s early arrival this year – Jan. 23 – has limited opportunities for some produce shippers, but brands like Frieda’s and Melissa’s will have had retail marketing efforts in place for weeks.
It’s the year of the dragon — a symbol of power and prosperity – on the Chinese calendar. The holiday fell on Feb. 3 and Feb 14 in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
CENTRAL COAST, CALIF. — Shipments (7-7-7) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices crates slightly lower, cartons generally unchanged. Bok choy WGA crates mostly $15.95-17.35, 30-pound cartons mostly $11.35-12.95. Quality variable.