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Market Scope - Sweet potatoes — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 17
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (104-127*-182) — Movement expected to increase slightly as Thanksgiving Day ads continue. Trading active. Prices U.S. No. 1 unchanged, others slightly lower. 40-pound cartons orange types U.S. No. 1 $17-20, U.S. No. 1 petite $13-14, U.S. No. 2 $8-9, no grade marks jumbo $9-10. *revised.
MISSISSIPPI — Shipments (24-37-83) — Movement expected to decrease as holiday push comes slows down for November. Trading early active late moderate. Prices U.S. No. 1 lower, others unchanged. 40-pound cartons orange types U.S. No. 1 mostly $17-19, U.S. No. 2 mostly $11-12, no grade marks jumbo mostly $11-12. Mostly beauregard variety.
LOUISIANA — Shipments (18-21-41) — Movement expected to decrease as push for holiday trade slows. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. 40-pound cartons orange types U.S. No. 1 $18-21, U.S. No. 2 mostly $12, no grade marks jumbo mostly $12. Mostly beauregard variety and a few evangeline. *revised
ATWATER-LIVINGSTON DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (13-22-39) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices white types and Japanese types higher, others generally unchanged. 40-pound cartons orange types U.S. No. 1 mostly $25, no grade marks medium $11-12, jumbo $14-16; red types U.S No. 1 mostly $25, no grade marks medium $11-12, jumbo $14-16; white types U.S. No. 1 $28-30, no grade marks medium mostly $13, jumbo mostly $12-13; Japanese types U.S. No. 1 $30-32, no grade marks medium mostly $33, jumbo mostly $20. Organic 40-pound cartons orange types U.S. No. 1 mostly $36; red types U.S. No. 1 mostly $36; white types U.S. No. 1 $36-38. Extra services included.
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