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.
Mexico production of red, yellow and orange bell peppers got under way in Baja California, Mexico, for Prime Time International LLC in late October.
Guadalajara, Mexico-based Divemex, whose peppers are marketed by The Oppenheimer Group, has added a Fair Trade-certified green pepper to its existing mix of red, yellow and orange.
After establishing a customer base for its table grapes, mini and seedless watermelons, greenhouse peppers, euro cucumbers and other items, Divine Flavor LLC has decided it’s time for a home of its own.
Although heavy autumn rains slowed the start of winter vegetable and fruit production for some west Mexico growers, most importers expected any gaps to be negligible and a distant memory by December.
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Market Scope - Peppers, bell — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 25
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (57-65-77) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly active, late fairly slow. Prices irregular size and green extra-large lower, others generally unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green extra-large mostly $14.95, large $12.95-14.95, medium $11.95-12.95; irregular size fair quality green mostly $10.95, red mostly $24.95-26.95, yellow $26.95-28.95. 15-pound cartons red and yellow extra-large and large $18.95. Quality generally good. Harvest curtailed.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (25-39-62, field-grown 10-22-47, greenhouse 15-17-15) — Movement expected to increase. Trading early fairly active, late moderate. Prices green jumbo and medium lower, others generally unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo $10.95-12.95, extra-large $12.95-14.95, large $10.95-12.95, medium $8.95-10.95; fair quality green extra-large-large mostly $8.95-10.95, medium-large mostly $7.95-8.95; irregular size fair quality red mostly $22.95. Quality variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (82-86-122) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. Includes palletizing and cooling. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo mostly $12-12.35, extra-large mostly $12, large mostly $10. Irregular size fair quality mostly $9.35-10.35. Quality generally good.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (107-60-40) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally as shippers are generally finished for the season. Trading early fairly active, late moderate. Prices lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons jumbo $10.35-12.85, extra-large mostly $10.35-10.85, fair quality mostly $8.35-9.85, large $9.35-10.85. Very light volume expected.