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.
For the second time, family-owned Rene Produce LLC has earned recognition from the Mexican government as exporter of the year.
A criminal fraud case against Ontario greenhouse grower-packer Mucci International Marketing Inc., Mucci Pac Ltd. and two of the company’s top executives is moving forward, with the next court appearance set for Oct. 20.
Mastronardi Produce Ltd. is bringing its Sunset tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers direct to consumers and retailers through its customized food truck, the Flavormobile.
A temperature tracking system to help ensure quality deliveries of strawberries can be used with other fresh produce items.
J&R Baker Produce Inc. will market its own vegetables for the first time.More Packer Stories for Cucumbers
Market Scope - Cucumbers — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 15
MICHIGAN — Shipments (88-82*-69) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices medium and cartons 24s slightly higher, others unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $14-14.95, fair quality mostly $5.50-6, cartons 24s mostly $6. Quality variable. *revised.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH OTAY MESA, CALIF. — Crossings (49-57-47) — Movement expected about the same. Trading large and 36s fairly active at slightly lower prices, others fairly active. Prices large and 36s slightly lower, others generally unchanged. Greenhouse 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $22.95, fair quality mostly $20.95, ordinary quality mostly $14.95; large mostly $18.95-20.95. Cartons 36s mostly $10.95-12.95. Quality generally good.
WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW YORK — Shipments (36-40-40) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices slightly lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $14, fair quality $8-9, cartons 24s $6-7. Quality good.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (0-0-15) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin to harvest. Trading fairly active. Prices waxed 1/1/9-bushel cartons medium $14.35-14.85, fair quality $10.35-10.85, cartons 24s $6.35-8.85. FIRST REPORT.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (1-1-2) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates medium $14.35-16.35, fair quality $8.35-10.35.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Light shipments expected to begin by week of Sept. 29 with sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report by week of Oct. 13.