Interest in cucumbers increased this year, even though the percentages in Fresh Trends 2013 show a slight dip in the likelihood of purchase compared to last year (down two percentage points). Cucumbers made a notable jump in the list of top 20 vegetables this year, climbing from No. 11 in Fresh Trends 2012 to No. 7 this year.
Though torrential rains disrupted early plantings, grower-shippers of bell peppers and cucumbers say they remain optimistic for a strong season.
NOGALES, Ariz. — Wind and rain generated by a couple of hurricanes during the growing season could affect some early-season shipments of winter vegetables out of west Mexico, but grower-shippers say most items should recover quickly as the season progresses.
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Southern Corporate Packers Inc., is increasing acreage, growing some new items and expanding production of a commodity that isn’t widely grown in the fall.
Gilroy, Calif.-based Spinaca Farms Inc. has a new label, La Colline Organics.
Weis-Buy Farms Inc., is expanding its Dominican Republic greenhouse pepper deal.More Packer Stories for Cucumbers
Market Scope - Cucumbers — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 17
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (240-194-213, field-grown 173-126-150, greenhouse 67-68-63) — Movement expected to increase. Trading long seedless slow, pickles fairly active at lower prices, persian moderate, others fairly slow. Prices persian generally unchanged, others lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $15.95-16.95, fair quality mostly $12.95-13.95, ordinary quality mostly $6.95-7.95; large mostly $10.95; small mostly $6.95-8.95. Cartons 36s mostly $8.95, 24s mostly $6-6.95. 1 1/9-bushel crates pickles 200-300s and 300-400s $16.35-16.95, 150-200s $14.35-14.95. Greenhouse cartons film-wrapped long seedless 12-16s mostly $4.95-5; 22-pound cartons persian small mostly $16.95, small-medium $14.95-16.95. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (54-71-53) — Movement expected to increase. Trading active. Prices carton 24s higher, others generally unchanged. Includes palletizing and cooling. Pickles 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates 150-200s mostly $22.90, 200-300s mostly $24.90. Waxed 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $16.35-16.85, medium fair quality mostly $10.35-10.85. Carton 24s mostly $8.35. Quality generally good.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (51-29-12) — Movement expected to decrease as shippers are finished for the season. LAST REPORT.
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