Squash purchases slipped three percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012.
Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. is expanding tomato production by buying more Florida farmland, giving the company year-round field tomato production.
A buyer’s market for West Mexico vegetables emerged in February as delayed volumes of tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers finally crossed at Nogales, Ariz.
The America Trades Produce conference is set for March 12-13 at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa in Tubac, Ariz.
Central American Produce Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., has received its fist shipment of Guatemalan butternut squash.
New Limeco LLC has made recent investments in food safety programs.More Packer Stories for Squash
Market Scope - Squash — F.o.b.s as of Feb. 24
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (122-146-152) — Movement expected about the same. Trading slow. Prices zucchini lower, others generally unchanged. 4/7-bushel cartons zucchini small and small-medium mostly $4.95-5.95, medium mostly $4.95; yellow straightneck small and small-medium mostly $9.95-10.95, medium mostly $8.95; gray small and small-medium $6.95-8.95, medium $4.95-6.95. 1 1/9-bushel cartons large zucchini $4.95-6, yellow straightneck $4.95-6.95. Quality and condition variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (51-52-47) — Movement expected about the same. Trading butternut slow, others moderate. Prices butternut generally unchanged, others higher. 1 1/9-bushel cartons butternut small mostly $4.95-5.95, medium mostly $6.95-8, large mostly $8.95-10; kabocha medium mostly $10.95, large $10.95-12.95; spaghetti medium mostly $8.95, large mostly $10.95-11.95. Quality variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (21-22-26) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly slow. Prices lower. Includes palletizing and cooling. Half-bushel cartons zucchini small mostly $6.35-8.35, medium mostly $4.35-6.35, yellow straightneck small mostly $8.35-10.35, medium mostly $6.35-8.35. ¾-bushel cartons yellow crookneck small mostly $10.35, medium mostly $6.35-8.35. Quality generally good.