The Sacramento, Calif.-based Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement launched a farm food safety training program this week in Yuma, Ariz., with nearly 100 food safety staff and farm supervisors attending.
Veg Pro International Inc., has started its Florida season by shipping packaged salads to Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets Inc. stores throughout the state.
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.
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.More Packer Stories for Romaine
Market Scope - Lettuce, romaine — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (403-367-432) — Movement expected about the same. Trading 24s fairly slow, hearts moderate. Prices lower. Cartons 24s (fairly heavy supplies) mostly $7.45-9.25; hearts in 12 3-count packages mostly $10.35-12.61, film-lined 48s mostly $11.35-13.55. Quality variable.
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (63-40-60) —
IMPERIAL, COACHELLA AND PALO VERDE VALLEYS, CALIF. — Movement expected to increase seasonally above the 49 units shipped the week of Dec. 1. Trading 24s fairly slow, hearts moderate. Prices lower. Carton 24s mostly $8.35-9.50; hearts cartons of 12 3-count packages mostly $12.50-12.95, film-lined 48s mostly $13.50-14.75. Quality generally good.
OXNARD DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 10 units shipped the week of Dec. 1. Trading early slow, late fairly slow. Prices lower. Cartons 24s mostly $7.75-8.95. Quality variable.