These healthful green florets consistently rank in the top 10 vegetables in Fresh Trends surveys. This year the likelihood of a broccoli purchase fell six percentage points from last year.
Fresh Express plans to launch a Shredded Broccoli and Cauliflower salad Aug. 21.
Church Bros., LLC, Salina, Calif., recently launched three new salad blends for the foodservice industry.
U.S. per capita use of fresh vegetables dipped 5% in 2013 and imports claimed a record share of the total supply, according to new U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates.
A new packaging film from BrimaPack that promises to increase shelf life for broccoli and cauliflower and reduce shrink for retailers by up to 50% is scheduled to be featured at the United Fresh Produce Association show June 10-13 in Chicago.
A three-day heat wave that passed through Salinas, Calif., is expected to hurt yields for lettuce, mixed leaf, broccoli and cauliflower.More Packer Stories for Broccoli
Market Scope - Broccoli — F.o.b.s as of July 14
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (120-115-122) —
SALINAS-WATSONVILLE, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 79 units shipped the week of July 7. Trading early very slow, late moderate. Supplies heavy. Prices lower. Cartons bunched 14s mostly $6-7.35, 18s mostly $6.50-7.85, 20-pound loose crown cut mostly $7.25-8.64. Quality variable.
SANTA MARIA, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 43 units shipped the week of July 7. Trading early fairly slow, late very slow. Prices lower. Cartons bunched 14s mostly $6-7.75, 18s mostly $6.50-8.25, 20-pound loose crown cut mostly $6-7.75. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (56-37*-20) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early slow, late very slow. Prices lower. 20-pound cartons loose crown cut mostly $9. Quality variable. *revised
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