Florida Cucumbers Market Snapshot - The Packer

Florida Cucumbers Market Snapshot

04/01/2008 02:00:00 AM

The market is relatively cheap, but could turn around at any time, he added.

C&D Fruit & Vegetable Co. Inc., Bradenton, should start to ship cucumbers about April 10, on schedule, said Steve O'Brien, vice president.

He expected good sizing and good quality.

"So far, the crop looks fine," he said. "It's been a good deal overall."

The only concerns have been the winds and lack of rain, he said.

Cucumber shipments should continue for seven to eight weeks or when supplies come in from Georgia.

"It all depends on Mother Nature and the market," O'Brien said.

C&D faces competition from other Florida growers as well as imports through Nogales, Ariz., he said.

"There are quite a few planted out there," he said.

(By Tom Burfield, Western correspondent for The Packer. The Packer and Red Book Credit Services are part of food360º, a division of Vance Publishing Corp., Lincolnshire, Ill.)

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