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.
LOS ANGELES — Peppers — 37 different kinds of them — are the topic of the latest cookbook from Melissa’s World Variety Produce Inc.
Eighteen fresh vegetable commodities grown at Nature Fresh Farms Inc. greenhouses in Leamington, Ontario, are now verified by the Non-GMO Project, including the company’s complete line of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.
An in-store greenhouse that allows retailers to harvest tomatoes every week is receiving favorable shopper reaction.
Fair Trade certification for SunSelect Produce, a grower that supplies The Oppenheimer Group, is designed to help workers in Guatemala and Canada, according to a news release.
The Oppenheimer Group has again been named as one of Canada’s best managed companies.More Packer Stories for Peppers, Bell
Market Scope - Peppers, bell — F.o.b.s as of April 14
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (207-176-152, field-grown 182-148-128, greenhouse 25-28-24) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading red active, green fairly slow. Prices green lower, red 11-pound cartons generally unchanged, others higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green extra-large mostly $10.95, large mostly $8.95, medium mostly $6.95; fair quality green extra-large $6.95-8.95, large $5.95-7.95, medium mostly $3.95-4.95; red extra-large and large mostly $24.95, irregular size fair quality mostly $20.95. 15-pound cartons red extra-large and large $14.95-16.95. Greenhouse 11-pound cartons red extra-large and large $8.95-10.95. Quality and condition variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (135-157-139) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading green jumbo and extra-large fairly active at slightly lower prices, other green fairly active. Prices green jumbo and extra-large slightly lower, other green generally unchanged. Includes palletizing and cooling. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo and extra-large mostly $12.35-14.35, large mostly $11.35-12.35, medium and irregular size fair quality mostly $10.35. 11-pound cartons red, yellow and orange supplies insufficient to quote. Quality generally good.
COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (11-22-32) — Movement of green expected to increase seasonally. Trading fairly active at much lower prices. Prices much lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons green jumbo and extra-large mostly $14.95, large $12.95, irregular size fair quality mostly $8.95; organic extra-large and large $38.95, irregular size fair quality $25.95. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (56*-53*-13**, greenhouse 34-31*-5**, field-grown 22-22*-8**) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Greenhouse 11-pound cartons jumbo and extra-large red mostly $9.50-10.25, yellow mostly $10-12, orange (light supplies) mostly $12-13. Quality generally good. *revised **data incomplete
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