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.
Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. is expanding tomato production by buying more Florida farmland, giving the company year-round field tomato production.
A buyer’s market for West Mexico vegetables emerged in February as delayed volumes of tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers finally crossed at Nogales, Ariz.
Fred Koornneef, president of Koornneef Produce Ltd. at the Ontario Food Terminal, said he’s pleased with the response to his year-old packaging program.
Del Fresco Produce Ltd.’s products have been certified GMO-free.
Ayco Farms Inc. has hired produce sales veteran Dale Chase as executive vice president of sales and marketing, a new position.More Packer Stories for Cucumbers
Market Scope - Cucumbers — F.o.b.s as of Feb. 24
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (246-225-263, field-grown 185-178-212, greenhouse 61-47-51) — Movement expected about the same. Trading persian and long seedless very slow, pickles moderate, others fairly active. Prices long seedless and persian lower, pickles generally unchanged, others higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $14.95, fair quality $11.95-13.95, ordinary quality mostly $8.95; small $8.95-10.95, large $11.95-13.95. Cartons 24s mostly $4.95-5, 36s mostly $6.95-7.95. 1 1/9-bushel crates pickles 200-300s and 300-400s mostly $12.95-14.35, 150-200s mostly $10.95-12.35. Greenhouse cartons film-wrapped long seedless 12s mostly $1.95-3; 22-pound cartons persian small and small-medium mostly $6.95-7. Quality and condition variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (101-99-92, greenhouse 60-60-37, field-grown 41-39-55) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly active, late moderate. Prices higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $14-14.95, fair quality mostly $12-12.95. Quality variable.
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (83-62*-37) — Imports via boat from Honduras. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $14, fair quality mostly $12, irregular size $11.50-12, cartons 24s $4-4.50. Quality good. *revised.