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.
NOGALES, Ariz. — Wind and rain generated by a couple of hurricanes during the growing season could affect some early-season shipments of winter vegetables out of west Mexico, but grower-shippers say most items should recover quickly as the season progresses.
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Southern Corporate Packers Inc., is increasing acreage, growing some new items and expanding production of a commodity that isn’t widely grown in the fall.
Canadian greenhouse grower SunSelect expects to begin the first shipments of tomatoes from its new California greenhouse during the week of Oct. 27, with the first crop of sweet bell peppers expected about a week later.
Veg-Fresh Farms is celebrating the sale of 3 million boxes of Good Life-branded organic produce.
Weis-Buy Farms Inc., is expanding its Dominican Republic greenhouse pepper deal.More Packer Stories for Peppers, Bell
Market Scope - Peppers, bell — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 27
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (67-82-113) — Movement expected to decrease slightly as the season starts to wind down. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo mostly $12.35-12.85, extra-large mostly $10.35-10.85, extra-large fair quality mostly $10.35-10.85, large $10.35-10.85.
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (118-101-93) —
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Movement of green expected to decrease seasonally below the 41 units shipped the week of Oct. 20 as most shippers are finished for the season. Quality generally good. Lighter shipments expected to continue through Nov. 1. LAST REPORT.
SOUTH DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement of red expected about the same as the 25 units shipped the week of Oct. 20. Trading early active, late slow. Supplies light. Prices generally unchanged. Red 15-pound cartons extra-large and large $9.95-10.95; 1 1/9-bushel cartons irregular size fair quality $14.95. Quality generally good.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Movement expected to increase seasonally above the 27 units shipped the week of Oct. 20. Trading early active, late fairly slow. Prices much lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green extra-large $14.95, large mostly $12.95, medium $10.95-12.95, irregular size fair quality mostly $10.95; organic medium $34.95, irregular size fair quality $30.95. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (41-40*-39, greenhouse 25-24*-23, field-grown 16-16-16) — Movement expected about the same. Trading red moderate, others fairly slow. Prices 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.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (17-19-17, greenhouse 14-14-11, field-grown 3-5-6) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality variable. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of Nov. 10.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (0-3-7) — Light shipments have begun. Sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report were expected by the week of Oct. 20. Quality generally good.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (2-0-1) — Most shippers are finished for the season. No f.o.b. issued as of Oct. 27. LAST REPORT.