Central American was reporting strong retail interest in promotions in late March, with some retailers set to run ads for close to three weeks in the runup to Cinco, Henry said.
Now if the fruit would just size up.
“There will be plenty of fruit, but mainly small fruit,” she said. “The projections are that the size will increase, but I have my doubts. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.”
The USDA reported prices of $6-6.50 for one-layer flats of haden 6-8s from Mexico, up from $5.50-6 last year.
Hot pepper prices were higher than last year heading into Cinco de Mayo. The USDA reported prices of 70 cents per pound for large jalapenos and anaheims from Mexico, up from 30 to 45 cents per pound last year.
Poblanos and serranos were selling for 50 cents per pound, up from 30 to 45 cents per pound.