Mexico tops foreign suppliers of produce - The Packer

Mexico tops foreign suppliers of produce

01/18/2012 03:59:00 PM
Tom Karst

Fueled by a 24% surge in the value of Mexican tomato imports, U.S. imports of vegetables from all countries grew at twice the pace of U.S. fruit imports in the first 11 months of 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The value of U.S. fresh and frozen vegetable imports from all countries jumped 12% in the first 11 months of 2011, compared with a 6% rise in the value of U.S. fresh and frozen fruit imports. The top suppliers of vegetables to the U.S. were Mexico (58%), Canada (27%) and Peru (3%).

Leading foreign suppliers of fruit to the U.S., in order, were Mexico (34% of total), Chile (20%) and Costa Rica (11%).

U.S. imports of Mexican fresh tomatoes were 24% in value but actually 4% lower in volume in the first 11 months of 2011. Other fresh commodities from Mexico showing double-digit gains in import value included avocados (up 63%), berries (up 10%), asparagus (11%), onions (15%), lettuce (38%), broccoli/cauliflower (39%), carrots (74%), radishes (25%) and okra (41%).



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Produce Guy    
Texas  |  January, 19, 2012 at 06:42 AM

We can not talk about food safety in our country without addressing the fact a very large percentage of our produce comes from other countries, primarily Mexico. It’s time that we that we start paying close attention to every aspect of how that food is produced, transported and crossed into our country. For those people who think that Mexico’s problems are only the problem of Mexicans, think again.

Theodoros Analytis    
Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico  |  January, 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I live in a Produce Growing area of Mexico, Im a grower myself, and I challenge ANYONE to come here and see for yourself the high levels of safety we HAVE. We work very very hard and invest millions of dollars up to the point were its almost non profitable, to make our products 100% safe. I doubt very much that this kind of effort is being made anywhere else in the wolrd, even in USA.

Steve Scaroni    
Heber, Ca. GTO Mex.  |  January, 19, 2012 at 09:36 AM

With NO viable Immigration Policy for AG Workforce and USA and Calif. OVER REGULATION more Fresh Veges will come from MEX. There are many REPUTABLE very FOOD SAFE committed companies operate in MEX. , MAny USA owned and operated. However as always many buyers always wanna be the one to drop the green flag for the race to the Bottom. In MEX as USA you get what you pay for.

Phil Gilardi    
Ohio  |  January, 23, 2012 at 09:59 AM

It is our job as buyers to do the due dilligence with who and where we choose to procure our products from. There is a number of solid grower / shippers in Mexico that understand and consistently execute the toughest Food Saftey programs in play. "When in doubt, Go check it out"

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