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.
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.
Prime Time International has acquired an 80,000-square-foot packinghouse and distribution facility in Somis, Calif.More Packer Stories for Peppers, Bell
Market Scope - Peppers, bell — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 20
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (145-118-101) —
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Movement expected to decrease seasonally below the 67 units shipped the week of Oct. 13. Trading active. Prices green large generally unchanged, others slightly higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green large mostly $13.95-14.95, medium $12.95-14.50; irregular size fair quality green $11.95-13.50, red $12.95-14.95. Quality generally good.
SOUTH DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 32 units shipped the week of Oct. 13. Trading active for light supplies. Prices higher. 15-pound cartons extra-large and large red $9.95-10.95, yellow $10.95-12.95. 1 1/9-bushel cartons irregular size fair quality red $14.95, yellow $14.95-16.95. Quality generally good.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Movement expected to increase seasonally above the 2 units shipped the week of Oct. 13. Trading active. Prices 1 1/9-bushel cartons green large $16.95-18.95, medium $14.95-16.95, irregular size fair quality $12.95-14.95; organic medium $34.95, irregular size fair quality $30.95. 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. Prices extra-large lower, others higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo $14.35-16.85, extra-large $12.35-14.85, extra-large fair quality $10.35-12.85, large $12.35-12.85.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (37-41-39, greenhouse 22-25-23, field-grown 15-16-16) — 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.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (16-17-19, greenhouse 13-14-14, field-grown 3-3-5) — 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. FIRST REPORT.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (0-0-3) — Light shipments have begun. Sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report were expected the week of Oct. 20. Quality generally good.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (3-2-0) — Movement expected to continue decreasing as many shippers are finished for the season. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates green extra-large $14.35, fair quality $11.35-12.35; large $12.35.