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.
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IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Despite slogging through heavy early fall rains that disrupted plantings and kept growers from entering their fields, Florida grower-shippers expect fall harvesting to begin on-time as usual for most crops.
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Market Scope - Peppers, bell — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 14
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (105-96-79) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading red extra-large and large moderate, others active. Prices green much higher, red irregular size higher, others generally unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green extra-large $14.95-16.95, large $13.95-14.95, medium $12.95-13.95; irregular size fair quality green mostly $10.95-12.95, red mostly $12.95. 15-pound cartons red extra-large and large $8.95. Quality generally good.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (0-7-67) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading early active, late extra-large moderate, others very active.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (31-37*-41, greenhouse 19-22*-25, field-grown 12-15*-16) — Movement expected about the same. Trading red moderate, others fairly slow. Prices red higher, orange lower, yellow generally unchanged. Greenhouse 11-pound cartons jumbo and extra-large red and orange mostly $7.95-8.25, yellow mostly $7.95-8.95, Quality variable. *revised.
SOUTH DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (47-49-39) — Movement expected about the same. Trading red irregular size fairly active, others moderate. Prices red irregular size higher, yellow and 15-pound cartons slightly higher, others generally unchanged. 15-pound cartons extra-large and large red mostly $8.95, yellow $10.95. 1 1/9-bushel cartons red extra-large and large $12.95-14.95; irregular size fair quality red mostly $12.95, yellow mostly $12.95-14.95. Quality generally good.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (3-3-2) — Movement expected to begin decreasing as many shippers are finished for the season. Trading moderate. Prices higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates green jumbo $14.35-15.35; extra-large $14.35-14.95, fair quality $10.95-12.35; large $12.35-14.35.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Harvest of green bells was expected to begin late in the week of Oct. 13, followed by red bells the week of Oct. 27. Quality expected to be generally good.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Light shipments were expected to begin by week of Oct. 13 with sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report by week of Oct. 20.
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