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.
A large group of southwest Florida growers heard the latest about variety research efforts from Monsanto’s Seminis Vegetable Seeds Inc.
What pepper marketers have been doing to get new varieties into the hands and shopping baskets of consumers seems to be working.
Jalapeños, habaneros and other hot peppers are routine to Marlin Bensinger.
Foodservice brings an array of challenges to the pepper business, but it can surpass profits made on the retail side, marketers say.
The pepper category grew slightly in 2012, thanks to a nearly 30% volume jump in sweet peppers outside the standard green and red bells, according to the latest numbers from the Nielsen Perishables Group, West Dundee, Ill.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (50-57-67) — Movement expected about the same. Trading slow. Prices yellow chile generally unchanged, others lower. 1 1/9-bushel cartons per-pound large anaheim 40-45 cents, jalapeño 35-40 cents, serrano 65-70 cents, yellow chile mostly 30 cents. Quality variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (38-41-45) — Movement expected about the same. Trading jalapeño fairly slow, others moderate. Prices jalapeño lower, anaheim generally unchanged, others higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons/crates anaheim mostly $16, jalapeño mostly $22-24, poblano mostly $20-21, serrano mostly $26-28. Quality and size variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (8-9-11) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons of 9 2-pound film bags of mixed mini sweet peppers mostly $24.95-25.95. Quality generally good. Most present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments.
ALL FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (3-4-7) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading active. Prices 1 1/9-bushel cartons cubanelles mostly $18-18.35, long hot mostly $20.35. Includes palletizing and cooling. Quality generally good.