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.
Industry veteran Chris Coffman has joined J&J Family of Farms Inc., as president and chief operating officer, a new position.
Members of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association elected five new board members and selected committee chairmen to lead the group’s efforts.
A Canadian greenhouse grower-shipper has found a good home for its misshapen vegetables.
In line with its recent western expansion, J&J Family of Farms hired Mari Danielson as western sales manager.
Baloian Farms has launched a redesigned website that includes new recipes plus information about the Baloian family and the company’s history.More Packer Stories for Peppers, Bell
Market Scope - Peppers, bell — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Shipments (75-60-115) — Movement expected to decrease early, increase late. Trading active. Prices generally unchanged. Includes palletizing and cooling. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo and extra-large $14.35-14.85, large $12.35-12.85, medium and irregular size fair quality mostly $10.35-12.35. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (108-117-100, field-grown 89-98-78, greenhouse 19-19-22) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading early slow, late active. Prices higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons extra-large mostly $14.95, large mostly $10.95-12.95, medium $8.95-10.95; fair quality extra-large mostly $10.95, large $7.95-9.95, medium mostly $6.95-8.95. Greenhouse 11-pound cartons red extra-large $18.95, large $16.95; yellow extra-large mostly $18.95, large mostly $14.95-16.95. Quality variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (62-48-42, greenhouse 43-32-26, field-grown 19-16-16) — Movement expected about the same. Trading red-type fairly active for light supplies, others moderate. Prices higher. Greenhouse 11-pound cartons jumbo and extra-large red mostly $16.95-18.95, yellow and orange mostly $14.50-15.95. Quality variable.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (61-40-31) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading red irregular size active at slightly lower prices, large active. Prices red large slightly higher, irregular size slightly lower. Red 15-pound cartons large mostly $20.95-22.95; irregular size fair quality mostly $20.95-22.95. Green supplies insufficient to establish a market. Quality generally good.