The Sacramento, Calif.-based Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement launched a farm food safety training program this week in Yuma, Ariz., with nearly 100 food safety staff and farm supervisors attending.
Kalettes — a hybrid of kale and brussels sprouts — is expected to gain broader distribution soon, though production is not yet up to full capacity.
Grower-shippers expect demand for kale and other greens to ramp up in December.
Veg Pro International Inc., has started its Florida season by shipping packaged salads to Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets Inc. stores throughout the state.
A new integrated sorting system from Key Technology can increase belt speeds for fresh spinach and other leafy greens by 30% while removing foreign material and wilted product with a false reject rate of less than 1%.More Packer Stories for Greens
Market Scope - Greens — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (67-31-20) — Movement expected to increase slightly as more mustard and turnip tops becomes available. Trading early slow, late moderate. Prices lower. Cartons bunched 24s collard $7-7.50, kale $7-7.50, mustard curly mostly $8, mustard flat mostly $8, turnip tops mostly $8.
LEXINGTON DISTRICT, S.C. — Shipments (56-19-13) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices Dec. 9, compared to Dec. 2, unchanged; cartons bunched kale 24s $10-11.35. Cartons loose turnip tops $10-11.35 and mustards $10-11.35. Various containers bunched collard 6s $10-13. Various containers loose collard 6s $11.35. Quality good.
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (4-3-3) —
OXNARD DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 2 units shipped the week of Dec. 1. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Cartons bunched 24s kale mostly $10.75-12. Quality generally good.
IMPERIAL, COACHELLA AND PALO VERDE VALLEYS, CALIF., CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA AND MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND SAN LUIS, ARIZ. — Shipments (AZ 8-9-35, CA 0-1-1, crossings MX 6-5-5) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Cartons bunched 24s kale mostly $10.75-12. Quality generally good.
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (17*-4*-2) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Various containers bunched/loose collard $7-8, kale $7-8, mustard $7-8, turnip tops $7-8. *revised.
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