Consumers embrace these flavorful peppers to add a punch to all kinds of foods. The likelihood of a specialty pepper purchase fell three percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012.
Baloian Farms has put the finishing touches on a packing line designed for smaller peppers in Culiacan, Mexico, just in time for the start of this season.
A tenant specializing in Hispanic produce is increasing traffic at Coosemans Chicago Inc.
Mexico production of red, yellow and orange bell peppers got under way in Baja California, Mexico, for Prime Time International LLC in late October.
The U.S. Justice Department says this fall's government shutdown is partly to blame for a delay in a $40 million lawsuit that tomato growers filed against the government for losses in 2008 when officials erroneously named tomatoes in a salmonella outbreak later linked to Mexican hot peppers.
Rains in west Mexico growing areas during September and October will result in tight supplies of many commodities this fall and early winter, but Texas distributors say quality should be good, and they expect a strong holiday season.More Packer Stories for Peppers, Chili
Market Scope - Peppers, other — F.o.b.s as of Feb. 24
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (58-54-49) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices yellow chile higher, others lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons per pound large anaheim mostly 60 cents, jalapeño 40-45 cents, yellow chile 50-55 cents. Quality variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (43-36-47) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices jalapeño generally unchanged, others lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates poblano mostly $14-15, jalapeño and serrano mostly $17-18. Quality and size variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (5-9-6) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices jalapeño and long hot higher, cubanelles and hungarian wax lower. Includes palletizing and cooling. Half-bushel cartons hungarian wax mostly $10.35-12.35, jalapeño mostly $12.35. 1 1/9-bushel cartons jalapeño mostly $22.35, cubanelles mostly $24.35, long hot mostly $22.35. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (16-24-24) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly slow, late very slow. Prices of 12 1-pound film bags of mixed mini sweet peppers lower, others generally unchanged. Cartons of 12 1-pound film bags mostly $9.95-11, 9 2-pound film bags mostly $14.95-16. Quality generally good.
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