Texas drought affects black-eyed pea supplies

12/08/2011 09:44:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Volumes of U.S.-grown black-eyed peas are down because of the Texas drought, but two leading specialty shippers say they’ll have plenty of product for New Year’s, a popular holiday for the legume.

Texas supplies will be down significantly, said Alex Jackson, communications coordinator for Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s Inc., and retailers haven’t yet realized the full implications for New Year’s.

“We anticipate our demand increasing, and we will be there to fulfill the need,” she said. “We’ve secured our supplies and our volumes have not been affected.”

Another specialty shipper, Los Angeles-based World Variety Produce Inc., which markets product under the Melissa’s brand, also expects to have plenty of black-eyed peas for New Year’s pull, said Robert Schueller, the company’s public relations director.

“Our supply was not affected,” he said.

World Variety sources black-eyed peas domestically from Texas, California and Arizona.

World Variety’s steamed black-eyed pea product this year is being sourced from France.

Schueller said the Texas drought produced just a slight increase in black-eyed pea prices.



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