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.
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.
Pompano Beach, Fla.-based CarbAmericas Inc. is boosting its asparagus production to better provide customers with coverage from Peru and other growing regions 365 days a year, said Jeff Friedman, the company’s president.
The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association touts its position in the world’s fresh asparagus market and its ability to provide relatively uniform volumes through the year in its 2014-15 category management plan.More Packer Stories for Asparagus
Market Scope - Asparagus — F.o.b.s as of July 21
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (25-28-29) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices small lower, others generally unchanged. 11-pound cartons/crates bunched green jumbo mostly $33.75, large mostly $29.75-30.75, standard mostly $29.75-30.75, small $17.75-18.75. Extra services included.
PERU — Imports (3-3-4) — Imports via air and boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. 11-pound cartons bunched green open market supply in too few hands to quote. Quality generally good.
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