The likelihood of a cauliflower purchase remained the same as last year, with 39% of shoppers saying they bought the vegetable in the past 12 months.
After 27 years of providing a full line of desert vegetables, Keber Distributing Inc., Thermal, Calif., will close its doors for good after the spring season, said Dick Keber, partner in the company.
One arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Philippines is delaying approval of imports of fresh U.S. vegetables while another sub-agency reports U.S. food and beverage exports to the island nation doubled from 2009-12, achieving President Obama’s export initiative two years ahead of schedule.
Babé Farms has joined Gold Coast Packing in a new 75,000-square-foot plant in Santa Maria, Calif., under the Fresh Venture Foods name.
Mann Packing Co. has introduced a line of four Veggie Mac-n-Cheese meals for children.
An unseasonably warm winter in desert growing regions interrupted by a pre-Christmas frost is likely to cause shortages of lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower in January, grower-shippers say.
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (88-114-99) —
SALINAS-WATSONILLE, CALIF. — Movement expected to decrease slightly below the 72 units shipped the week of May 6. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices 16s slightly higher, others much higher. Cartons film-wrapped white 12s mostly $9.15-10.50, 9s mostly $8.85-9.50, 16s mostly $8.50-9.50. Quality generally good.
SANTA MARIA, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 27 units shipped the week of May 6. Trading early fairly slow, late fairly active. Prices higher. Cartons film-wrapped white 12s mostly $9.50-10.65, 9s $9-9.50, 16s $8.50-9. Quality generally good.