Eggplant purchases remained relatively steady from last year. The likelihood of purchase for this purple vegetable was down one percentage point from Fresh Trends 2012.
The spring crop of vegetables and melons out of California’s Coachella and Imperial valleys may be a brief one, but growers expect to ship a wide range of good-quality products before temperatures approach the triple-digit range.
Al Harrison Co. taps procurement director Jose Gomez has been named procurement director at Nogales, Ariz.-based Al Harrison Co.
Produce distributor Richter and Co. has hired Jerrod Snider as director of vegetable commodity development.
Frieda’s Inc. has begun a marketing campaign, “The Year of Purple,” to tout its purple vegetables and fruits through 2013, marking the company’s five decades in business.
Under new U.S. Department of Agriculture standards, shippers can pack different types and colors of eggplant in the same pack and have them certified to a USDA grade.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (34-32-28) — Movement expected to decrease. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. Light and sporadic crossings expected to continue through the week of May 27. Quality and condition variable. LAST REPORT.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (2-8-11) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices organic generally unchanged, others lower. Cartons wrapped 18s (supplies heavy) mostly $12.95, 24s mostly $14.95, organic 18s and 24s $32.95. Quality generally good.