Bell peppers are a consistent favorite for many consumers. While the likelihood of a pepper purchase fell four percentage points from last year, peppers remain the No. 5 vegetable that shoppers select – a trend that’s held true for three years now. Peppers also rank sixth among items that shoppers say they’re buying now that they had not purchased previously.
Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. is expanding tomato production by buying more Florida farmland, giving the company year-round field tomato production.
A buyer’s market for West Mexico vegetables emerged in February as delayed volumes of tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers finally crossed at Nogales, Ariz.
Volumes of bell peppers out of west Mexico took their sweet time to build but came on with a vengeance in February.
Fred Koornneef, president of Koornneef Produce Ltd. at the Ontario Food Terminal, said he’s pleased with the response to his year-old packaging program.
The America Trades Produce conference is set for March 12-13 at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa in Tubac, Ariz.More Packer Stories for Peppers, Bell
Market Scope - Peppers, bell — F.o.b.s as of Feb. 24
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (243-229-260, field-grown 207-198-224, greenhouse 36-31-36) — Movement expected to increase. Trading green and 11-pound cartons active, others moderate. Prices 15-pound cartons red lower, others higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo and extra-large (light supplies) $18.95-20.95, large $16.95, medium mostly $14.95-15.95; fair quality green extra-large $14.95, large $12.95-14.95, medium mostly $12.95; red extra-large mostly $16.95-17.95, large mostly $16.95, medium $12.95-14.95, irregular size fair quality mostly $12.95-14.95. 15-pound cartons red extra-large and large $8.95-10.95. Greenhouse 11-pound cartons red extra-large $8.95-10.95, large mostly $8.95; yellow extra-large $14.95-16.95, large $14.95; orange extra-large $16.95, large $14.95. Quality variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (94-90-89) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading active. Prices red, yellow, and orange generally unchanged, green higher. Includes palletizing and cooling. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo and extra-large mostly $22.35, large mostly $18.35, medium and irregular size fair quality mostly $16.35. 11-pound cartons red, yellow and orange jumbo, extra-large and large fine appearance $18.95. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (58-53-57, greenhouse 34-32-35, field-grown 24-21-22) — Movement expected about the same. Trading active. Prices higher. Greenhouse 11-pound cartons jumbo and extra-large red $10-12, yellow mostly $15-17, orange mostly $16-17. Quality generally good.