This king of salad vegetables is popular across the board. At least 50% of consumers in every demographic group bought lettuce in the past year, with the exception of single shoppers. Consumers with three or more children at home comprised the group most likely to buy lettuce overall.
A week of storms that swept through California in mid-December came nowhere close to ending the state’s drought. But with continued warm weather forecast, conditions are ripe for rapid crop growth — and possible winter supply gaps.
Hydroponic grower PodPonics has received confirmation from the Non-GMO Project organization that it can use the non-GMO seal on its products.
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.
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.
Kingston Fresh’s south Florida cold storage operation has achieved a high food safety score.More Packer Stories for Lettuce
Market Scope - Lettuce, other — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (59-67-106) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices lower. Cartons 24s green and red leaf mostly $8.65-10.25, boston mostly $9.95-11. Quality variable.
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (19-12-15) —
IMPERIAL AND COACHELLA VALLEYS, CALIF. — Movement expected to increase seasonally above the 12 units shipped the week of Dec. 1. Trading early moderate, late fairly slow. Prices boston slightly lower, others lower. Cartons 24s green leaf mostly $8-9, red leaf mostly $8.35-8.50, boston mostly $10.95-12.95. Quality generally good.
OXNARD DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 3 units shipped the week of Dec. 1. Trading green leaf fairly slow, red leaf moderate. Prices lower. Cartons 24s green leaf $6.75-8.95, red leaf $9.95-10.75. Quality variable.