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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Market Scope - Peppers, bell — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 18
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (115-105-86) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading green slow; red active for light supplies. Prices green lower, red generally unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green extra-large mostly $7.50-8, large mostly $7.45-8, medium mostly $6.95-7.50, irregular size fair quality mostly $5.95-6.95. 15-pound cartons extra-large and large red $12.95-14.95. Quality generally good.
SOUTH DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (8-11-38) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin. Trading yellow irregular size moderate, others active. Prices red irregular size higher, others generally unchanged. 15-pound cartons extra-large and large red $14.95, yellow mostly $14.95-16.95. 1 1/9-bushel cartons irregular size fair quality red $16.95-18.95, yellow $18.95-20.95. Quality generally good.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (32-38-30) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices slightly lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo, extra-large and large mostly $8.35-9.85, fair quality mostly $6.85-7.95. Quality good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (20-20-19, greenhouse 12-12-11, field-grown 8-8-8) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early moderate, late active. Prices higher. Greenhouse 11-pound cartons jumbo and extra-large red $13-13.35, yellow mostly $13-13.35, orange mostly $12.35-13. 1 1/9-bushel cartons red irregular size fair quality mostly $18.35-20.95. Quality generally good. Supplies in few hands.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (10-8-5) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading slow. Prices unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates green jumbo $10.35-12.35; extra-large $10.35-12.35, fair quality $9.35-10.35; large $10.35; medium $10.35.
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