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.
Industry veteran Chris Coffman has joined J&J Family of Farms Inc., as president and chief operating officer, a new position.
Members of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association elected five new board members and selected committee chairmen to lead the group’s efforts.
A Canadian greenhouse grower-shipper has found a good home for its misshapen vegetables.
Messe Berlin has named 10 nominees for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2015.
Colorado officials have determined that whole cucumbers from Mexico were the “likely cause” of a small outbreak of E. coli among Jimmy John’s patrons in the Denver area in October 2013.More Packer Stories for Cucumbers
Market Scope - Cucumbers — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (234-216-242, field-grown 170-157-172, greenhouse 64-59-70) — Movement expected to increase. Trading pickles active, large and long seedless fairly active, persian slow, others moderate. Prices persian lower, small generally unchanged, others higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium $12.95-14, fair quality mostly $10.95, ordinary quality mostly $6.95; large mostly $9.95- $10.95, small $6.95-8.95. Cartons 36s $6.95-7.95, 24s $4.95-6.95. 1 1/9-bushel crates pickles 200-300s and 300-400s mostly $18.35, 150-200s mostly $16.35. Greenhouse cartons film-wrapped long seedless 12s mostly $6.95-7.95; 22-pound cartons persian small mostly $12.95-14.95, small-medium mostly $10.95-12.95. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (62-47-64) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading fairly active. Prices carton 24s unchanged, others lower. Includes palletizing and cooling. Waxed 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium $14.35-14.95, medium fair quality mostly $8.35-8.95. Carton 24s mostly $7.35-8.35. Quality generally good.
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