Packer Stories

Earthbound Farm quiz reveals personality traits


More than 20,000 people took Earthbound Farm’s Salad Signs personality quiz that was part of the San Juan Bautista, Calif.-based organic grower-shippers’ 30th birthday activities.

UPDATED: Lettuce market soars as Thanksgiving nears


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.

TKM expands fresh market lettuce production


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.

Salinas vegetables crisped after autumnal heat wave


Will the Salinas Valley vegetable deal go out with a bang or a whimper?

Coastline takes Nutraleaf on the road


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.

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Market Scope - Lettuce, romaine — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 17


WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (7-60-250) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices lower. Cartons 24s mostly $24.45-26.50; hearts in 12 3-count packages mostly $25.56-26.61, film-lined 48s mostly $26.56-27.61. Quality variable. Most present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments at lower prices.

ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (349-296-129) —

SALINAS-WATSONVILLE, CALIF. — Movement expected to decrease sharply below the 82 units shipped the week of Nov. 10 as most shippers are finished for the season. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Lighter shipments expected to continue through Nov. 28. LAST REPORT.

OXNARD DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 12 units shipped the week of Nov. 10. Trading early active, late fairly slow. Prices lower. Cartons 24s mostly $18.75-22.95. Quality variable.

IMPERIAL, COACHELLA AND PALO VERDE VALLEYS, CALIF. — Shipments (0-0-7) — Movement in Coachella Valley expected to increase seasonally. Harvest in Imperial Valley as expected to begin the week of Nov. 17, although most shippers expected to start the week of Nov. 24. Palo Verde Valley shippers expect to begin the week of Dec. 1. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality generally good.


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