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.


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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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