Celery is a consistent performer, with more than 6 in 10 shoppers picking up the stalks in the past year. The likelihood of purchase was even with last year.
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.
The owner of Gills Onions said he was surprised to receive a January warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration after several months of inspections, facility upgrades and ongoing communication with the agency in relation to listeria-related recalls in 2012.
Celery markets should tighten due to abnormally warm weather followed by freezes in California.
CHICAGO — Waiblingen, Germany-based Bosch Packaging Technology debuted the Pack 301 ID Inverted Long Dwell Flow Wrapper at Pack Expo 2012 Oct. 28-31 at McCormick Place.
Bonipak Produce Inc. plans to unveil educational videos on five vegetable crops to attendees of Fresh Summit 2012.
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (237-236-247) —
OXNARD DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 225 units shipped the week of May 6. Trading hearts moderate, others active. Prices hearts slightly lower, others higher. Cartons 2-2½ dozen mostly $28-30.75, 3 dozen mostly $27-29.75, 4 dozen mostly $28.75- $29.75; hearts film bags 18s mostly $25.45-26.45. Quality generally good.
SANTA MARIA, CALIF. — Movement expected to increase seasonally above the 22 units shipped the week of May 6. Trading active. Prices higher. Prices cartons 2-2½ dozen mostly $26-28, 3 dozen mostly $24.65-26. Quality generally good.
SALINAS-WATSONVILLE, CALIF. — Harvest expected to begin the week of June 3 and be fully underway the week of June 16. Quality expected to be generally good. FIRST REPORT.