The U.S. Department of Agriculture has terminated the proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, drawing mixed responses from the produce industry.
In the California desert autumn nights in the 40s delayed full color on red bell peppers, but leafy greens seemed to welcome the cool.
Lifestyle Foods plans to launch a line of grab-and-go sandwiches in modified atmosphere packaging with separate compartments for fresh lettuce or spinach.
The bulk of the growth in kale has been in salad mixes.
Dole Fresh Vegetables’ entry into the chopped salad arena this fall with five new products came in response to consumer demand reflected in its own marketing research and in foodservice trends.More Packer Stories for Romaine
Market Scope - Lettuce, romaine — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 25
WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (26-89-249) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin. Trading hearts moderate, 24s slow. Prices slightly lower. Cartons 24s $8.35-10.61; hearts in 12 3-count packages $11.35-12.85, film-lined 48s $12.35-13.85. Quality generally good. Harvest curtailed.
ALL CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS — Shipments (328-288-109) —
SALINAS-WATSONVILLE, CALIF. — Movement expected to decrease seasonally below the 79 units shipped the week of Nov. 18. Trading hearts moderate, 24s fairly slow. Prices hearts slightly lower, 24s lower. Cartons 24s mostly $6.35-8; hearts in 12 3-count packages mostly $10.45-11.75, film-lined 48s $11.50-13.48. Quality variable.
OXNARD DISTRICT, CALIF. — Movement expected about the same as the 16 units shipped the week of Nov. 18. Trading early moderate, late slow. Prices lower. Cartons 24s mostly $6.75. Quality generally good.
IMPERIAL, COACHELLA AND PALO VERDE VALLEYS, CALIF. — Movement expected to increase seasonally above the 6 units shipped the week of Nov. 18. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. Quality generally good. Harvest curtailed. The first f.o.b. report was expected to be issued the week of Dec. 2.