The likelihood of a cabbage purchase fell four percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012. Age and affluence clearly play a role when it comes to cabbage purchases.
Armed with testimonials from foodservice operators and chefs, the RD Fresh Distributing company took its produce preservation product to the streets this year, literally, with the launch of Transport Fresh for use in refrigerated trucks and trailers.
A new integrated sorting system from Key Technology can increase belt speeds for fresh spinach and other leafy greens by 30% while removing foreign material and wilted product with a false reject rate of less than 1%.
Buyers should expect light volume during the early part of Florida’s fall cabbage harvesting while the lettuce and celery crops should be typical crops.
Taking a page from the Tasti-Lee branded tomato handbook, Bejo Seeds Inc. plans to begin marketing a pointy-headed cabbage under the brand name SweetHeart Lettage.
Mack Farms Inc. is increasing its Florida potato and watermelon acreage and expanding into other items by purchasing a large south Florida operation.More Packer Stories for Cabbage
Market Scope - Cabbage — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (31-19-46) — Movement expected to increase depending upon weather conditions. Trading moderate. Prices green-type medium lower, red-type higher, others unchanged. 50-pound cartons round green-type medium mostly $9, large $7-8, red-type medium $12-14; 40-pound cartons savoy-type medium $12.
WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW YORK — Shipments (51-31-44) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices large higher, medium unchanged. 50-pound cartons round green-type medium $9-11, 50-pound sacks large mostly $5.50, bulk large per pound 11-12 cents. Quality variable.
SAN ANTONIO-WINTERGARDEN DISTRICT, TEXAS — Shipments (33-20-25) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices lower. 1¾-bushel crates and 50-pound cartons medium round green-type mostly $8.50-9, red-type (supplies light) mostly $10-11; 50-pound sacks green extra-large $5-6.25. Quality generally good.
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (26-16*-16) — Movement expected to remain about the same as a few shippers are finished for the season. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 50-pound carton round green-type medium $7-9. *revised.
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (20-10-11) —
OXNARD DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 10 units shipped the week of Dec. 1. Trading fairly slow. Prices lower. 50- and 45-pound cartons 18-24s round green-type $10.75-12.95. Quality generally good.
IMPERIAL, COACHELLA AND PALO VERDE VALLEYS, CALIF., CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA AND MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND SAN LUIS, ARIZ. — Shipments (AZ 32-19-39, CA 0-0-1, crossings 0-1-1) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices red higher, green slightly higher. 50-pound cartons 18-24s round green-type mostly $11.25-12, red-type $20.25-21.45. Quality generally good.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (5-4-10) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices 1¾-bushel crates and 50-pound cartons medium round green-type mostly $9, red-type (supplies light) $10-11.40. Quality generally good.
ALL FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (5*-14-10) — Light harvest expected to continue through Dec. 22. Expect more growers to start by Dec. 22 and sufficient volume for first f.o.b. by Dec. 29. *revised.