Pepper market off to head start this year - The Packer

Pepper market off to head start this year

05/16/2013 05:04:00 PM
Jim Offner

“All three colors are moving well now,” said Peter Quiring, president of Nature Fresh Farms, which has 130 acres of greenhouse production in Leamington, Ontario.

He said a glut in the market, which had appeared in late February, is gone.

“It’s not excessively high at all, but it’s moving toward where it should be,” he said.

Quiring hesitated to make any predictions for this year’s market.

“At the end of the day, it’s anybody’s guess. It’s like forecasting the weather,” he said.

Joe Sbrocchi, vice president of sales for Mastronardi Produce Ltd., a Kingsville, Ontario-based hothouse grower-shipper, said there will be plenty of peppers of all varieties on the market this year.

“More North American production capability throughout all three countries, as well as Central America, will provide more choice and likely some more competitive retail pricing for consumers over the longer term,” he said.

Many markets in the U.S. experienced rare May snowfalls, and pepper suppliers generally count on warm weather for boosts in sales, Quiring said.

“There’s a lift every year at the end of April, May, June in the market,” he said.

Ben Wiers, vice president of operations for Willard, Ohio-based Wiers Farm, said his company’s pepper sales have grown over the last 10 years and he expects that trend to continue this year.

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