Squash purchases slipped three percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012.
Following a disappointing winter, grower-shippers are seeing improved supplies as the Sunshine State’s vegetable growers transition to the new spring crop.
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Following a difficult winter growing season, fraught with heavy rains and cold temperatures that lowered yields, buyers should expect promotable volumes of Florida’s Southern vegetables, which include bell peppers, cucumbers, squash and eggplant.
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.More Packer Stories for Squash
Market Scope - Squash — F.o.b.s as of April 21
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (148-139-144) — Movement expected about the same. Trading gray fairly slow, others slow. Prices gray generally unchanged, others lower. 4/7-bushel cartons zucchini small and small-medium $8.95, medium mostly $6.95-9; yellow straightneck small and small-medium mostly $8.95, medium mostly $7.95-8.95; gray small and small-medium $10.95, medium $8.95. 1 1/9-bushel cartons large zucchini mostly $6.95-8.95, yellow straightneck $6.95-7.95. Quality and condition variable.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (44-49-45) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early moderate, late slow. Prices kabocha lower, others generally unchanged. 1 1/9-bushel cartons acorn medium mostly $6.95-8.95, large mostly $8.95-9; butternut medium mostly $10.95-12.95, large mostly $14.95; spaghetti medium $12.95-15, large mostly $14.95; kabocha medium mostly $6.95-8.95, large mostly $8.95. Quality variable.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (34-43-41) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading active. Prices zucchini higher, yellow straightneck and yellow crookneck generally unchanged. Includes palletizing and cooling. Half-bushel cartons zucchini small mostly $10.35, medium mostly $8.35, yellow straightneck small mostly $12.35, medium mostly $10.35. ¾-bushel cartons yellow crookneck small mostly $16.35, medium mostly $10.35. Quality generally good.
SOUTH GEORGIA — No shipments reported. Shippers expect to start harvest the end of April or early May. No f.o.b. issued as of April 21.
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