Pepper market off to strong start this year - The Packer

Pepper market off to strong start this year

05/15/2013 10:16:00 AM
Jim Offner

Hothouse growers in Canada said they are enjoying strong sales.

“All three colors are moving well now,” said Peter Quiring, president of Nature Fresh Farms, which has 130 acres of greenhouse production in Leamington, Ontario.

He said a glut in the market, which had appeared in late February, is gone.

“It’s not excessively high at all, but it’s moving toward where it should be,” he said.

Quiring hesitated to make any predictions for this year’s market.

“At the end of the day, it’s anybody’s guess. It’s like forecasting the weather,” he said.

Joe Sbrocchi, vice president of sales for Mastronardi Produce Ltd., a Kingsville, Ontario-based hothouse grower-shipper, said there will be plenty of peppers of all varieties on the market this year.

“More North American production capability throughout all three countries, as well as Central America, will provide more choice and likely some more competitive retail pricing for consumers over the longer term,” he said.

Many markets in the U.S. experienced rare May snowfalls, and pepper suppliers generally count on warm weather for boosts in sales, Quiring said.


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