The likelihood of an asparagus purchase slipped one percentage point from last year, but the stalks were the No. 3 “new” item that consumers listed as one they were buying now that they did not buy previously.
Club packs are gaining ground in Peruvian asparagus packaging.
Rising avocado sales and solid asparagus prices were the key drivers for a 55% increase in sales during the second quarter for Camposol Holding Ltd., Lima, Peru.
In an effort to jump-start exports to the U.S. and other markets, Chilean agriculture officials have developed a new technology for shipping asparagus by boat.
Early-season Peruvian asparagus shipments to the U.S. have been slowed by less-than-ideal growing weather.
Demand for Peruvian asparagus may not be quite as strong as a year ago, but importers and officials still look forward to brisk movement.More Packer Stories for Asparagus
Market Scope - Asparagus — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 18
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (27-21-20) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading active. Prices higher. 11-pound cartons/crates bunched green jumbo mostly $34.75-36.75, large mostly $24.75, standard mostly $24.75-26.75, small $10.75-12.75. Extra services included.
PERU — Imports (9-0-3) — Imports via air and boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices higher. 11-pound cartons bunched green extra-large mostly $24-25, large mostly $21-22, standard mostly $20-21, small mostly $14-15. Quality generally good.
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