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.
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.
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Despite slogging through heavy early fall rains that disrupted plantings and kept growers from entering their fields, Florida grower-shippers expect fall harvesting to begin on-time as usual for most crops.
For the second time, family-owned Rene Produce LLC has earned recognition from the Mexican government as exporter of the year.More Packer Stories for Cucumbers
Market Scope - Cucumbers — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 20
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (76-124-128) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices lower. Waxed 1/1/9-bushel cartons medium $14.35-16.85, fair quality $10.35-10.85, cartons 24s mostly $8.35-10.85.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (48-98-109, field-grown 38-85-94, greenhouse 10-13-15) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading slow. Prices lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $12.95, fair quality mostly $8.95-10.95, ordinary quality mostly $6.95; large mostly $8.95. Cartons 36s mostly $6.95-7.95. Quality and condition variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH OTAY MESA, CALIF. — Crossings (52-46-45) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading early fairly slow, late slow. Prices lower. Greenhouse 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $10.95-12.95, fair quality mostly $8.95-9.95, ordinary quality $5.95-6.95; large mostly $8.95. Cartons 36s mostly $6.95-7.95. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (8-9-23) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin the season. Trading pickles very active, waxed fairly slow. Prices Pickles 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates 150-200s $22.90, 200-300s $24.90. Waxed 1 1/9-bushel cartons medium mostly $10.35, medium fair quality mostly $6.35. Carton 24s mostly $4.35. Quality generally good.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (2-2-1) — Movement expected to continue decreasing as many shippers are finished for the season. Prices 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates medium and fair quality supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market.