Picking peppers for profit - The Packer

Picking peppers for profit

12/03/2012 04:04:00 PM
Thomas Burfield

The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, plans to launch its Fair Trade pepper program in December, as volume of bell peppers picks up, says Aaron Quon, greenhouse and vegetable category director. Price Look-Up stickers on the product will indicate that for every box sold, 50 cents will go back to the workers who packed it to enhance their education, health care or housing, he says. The program runs from late December until May. This will be the third year for the program. Oppenheimer ships red, yellow and orange conventional and organic bell peppers in bulk containers as well as three-count, six-count and 2-pound bags.

Prime Time International Inc., Coachella, Calif., has the flexibility to pack any color assortments of bell peppers customers want, says Mike Aiton, director of sales and marketing. Some of Prime Time’s peppers are field grown; others are grown under protected agriculture. They come in bags of green, red, yellow and orange peppers. Miniature and organic peppers also are available. Aiton says Prime Time’s acreage is up slightly this year, and the company ships in reusable plastic containers on request. A variety of chili peppers is available during the spring.

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