Del Campo Supreme Inc., Nogales, Ariz., will continue its elongated sweet red pepper program this winter, says Jim Cathey, general manager. The shade-house-grown peppers are especially popular “among chefs and ethnic groups looking for a pepper with some flavor to it,” Cathey says. The company also is experimenting with a small program of elongated sweet yellow peppers. Both deals will run from December into May.
Del Monte Fresh Produce, Coral, Gables, Fla., offers red, yellow, orange and hydroponic bell peppers in addition to green field grown peppers, says Dionysios Christou, vice president of marketing. The company offers three-count bags containing three different colored peppers or three of the same colored peppers as well as a six-count bag containing three pairs of different colored peppers or six peppers of the same color.
L&M Cos., Raleigh, N.C., has increased its pepper volume, says Bobby Creel, director of business development. “We’ve made lot of improvements and upgrades to our packing lines and our cooling capacity,” he says. The company offers domestic green bell peppers, colored peppers from Mexico and several kinds of chili peppers year-round, including jalapenos, serranos, cubanelles and long hots.
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.