Lettuce prices rose sharply in the last 10 days of October as Salinas, Calif., grower-shippers battled weather-related shortages of iceberg and romaine with their transitions to desert growing regions still a few weeks away.
BELLE GLADE, Fla. — TKM Bengard Farms LLC, one of the East Coast’s biggest fresh-cut lettuce suppliers, is increasing its presence in the fresh market.
Will the Salinas Valley vegetable deal go out with a bang or a whimper?
ANAHEIM, Calif. — As the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit drew to a close, Coastline Family Farms representatives had already hit the road for Atlanta and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. It ran Oct. 19-22.
State Garden Co. Inc., is expanding its salads line.More Packer Stories for Romaine
Market Scope - Lettuce, romaine — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 27
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (365-357-362) —
SALINAS-WATSONVILLE, CALIF. — Movement expected to decrease seasonally below the 320 units shipped the week of Oct. 20. Trading early moderate, late active. Available supplies fairly light. Prices higher. Cartons 24s mostly $18.35-20.56; hearts in 12 3-count packages mostly $18.61-19.95, film-lined 48s mostly $19.61-20.95. Quality variable. Many present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments at lower prices.
SANTA MARIA, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 31 units shipped the week of Oct. 20. Trading early fairly active, late active. Prices higher. Cartons 24s mostly $17.50-19.35. Quality variable.
OXNARD DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 6 units shipped the week of Oct. 20. Trading early fairly active, late active. Prices higher. Cartons 24s mostly $17.75-18.95. Quality variable.
CENTRAL SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Movement expected to increase seasonally above the 5 units shipped the week of Oct. 20. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality generally good. The first f.o.b. report was expected to be issued the week of Nov. 3. Supplies will be in few hands.
WESTERN ARIZONA — Harvest began by one shipper Oct. 27. Additional shippers are expected to begin the week of Nov. 3, with most shippers expected to be underway by the week of Nov. 17. Quality generally good. Warm temperatures and favorable market conditions have advanced the start of the season by one to two weeks. FIRST REPORT.