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.
The Peruvian Asparagus Importer’s Association has released a marketing plan to help retailers move this year’s and next year’s crops.
Ontario’s first major crops of the season — asparagus and strawberries — are starting well.
Known for its Xtend brand bags and pallet shrouds designed to lengthen the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables, StePac Ltd. is developing new methods for controlling postharvest diseases and shrink.
Where it was once a side dish or afterthought, fresh produce continues its steady march toward center of the plate at foodservice.
Lower volumes from California and a slow start to the Michigan deal should keep asparagus markets strong through May, grower-shippers and officials say.More Packer Stories for Asparagus
Market Scope - Asparagus — F.o.b.s as of June 10
PERU — Imports (39-31*-18) — Imports via air and boat. Movement expected to decrease slightly. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading slow. Prices lower. 11-pound cartons bunched jumbo few $20-23, extra-large few $18-20, large and standard $15-16, small mostly $10-11. Quality generally good. *revised.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (0-0-13) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Most shippers expected volume to pick up the week of June 10. Expected f.o.b. to begin on or around June 24. No f.o.b. issued as of June 10. FIRST REPORT.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (10-12-12) — Movement was expected to remain about the same the week of June 10 and decrease the week of June 17 as season is now past peak. Trading active. Prices higher. Pyramid cartons/crates all-green bunched 28-pound standard $54-56.75, 11-pound standard $23.75-24. Quality good.
WALLA WALLA DISTRICT AND LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY — Shipments (12-8-7) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. Bunched green Washington extra fancy 28-pound cartons/crates large mostly $52.75-54.75; standard mostly $54.75-55.75; 11-pound cartons/crates large mostly $21.75-23.75; standard $22.75-24.75. Many growers finishing for the season. Some workers shifting to cherry harvest. Light offerings expected through late June or so. LAST REPORT for 2013 asparagus.