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.
Though torrential rains disrupted early plantings, grower-shippers of bell peppers and cucumbers say they remain optimistic for a strong season.
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.More Packer Stories for Peppers, Bell
Market Scope - Peppers, bell — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 17
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (33-62-80) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly active. Prices slightly higher. Includes palletizing and cooling. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo mostly $16.35-16.85, extra-large mostly $14.95, large mostly $12.35-12.95, irregular size fair quality mostly $10.35. Includes palletizing and cooling. Quality generally good. *revised.
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (90-97-72) —
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 66 units shipped the week of Nov. 10. Trading green fairly slow, red active. Prices green lower, red much higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green extra-large mostly $14.95, large $12.95-14.95, medium $10.95-12.95, irregular size fair quality mostly $10.95; organic extra-large and large $34.95, irregular size fair quality $22.95. Red 15-pound cartons extra-large and large mostly $16.95-18.95; 1 1/9-bushel cartons irregular size fair quality mostly $18.95-20.95. Quality generally good.
SOUTH DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement of red expected to decrease seasonally below the 4 units shipped the week of Nov. 10. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. Quality generally good. Lighter shipments were expected to continue through Nov. 22. LAST REPORT.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (22-26-60, field-grown 7-10-43, greenhouse 15-16-17) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading fairly slow. Prices 1 1/9-bushel cartons extra-large $14.95-16.95, large $12.95-14.95, medium mostly $9.95-10.95; fair quality extra-large $12.95, large mostly $10.95, medium mostly $7.95-8.95. Quality variable.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (141-66-45) — Movement expected to decrease as shippers are finished for the season. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices jumbo and extra-large lower, others unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo $12.35-14.85, extra-large $12.35-14.85, extra-large fair quality $10.35-12.85, large $12.35-12.85. LAST REPORT.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (47-45*-44, greenhouse 28-25*-29, field-grown 19-20*-15) — Movement expected about the same. Trading red active, others fairly active. Supplies light. Prices red much higher, others higher. Greenhouse 11-pound cartons jumbo and extra-large red mostly $15.95-16.85, yellow and orange mostly $12.25-13.95. Quality variable. *revised
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