Shipping hangups, big supply keep brussels sprouts prices down

03/21/2014 11:45:00 AM
Jim Offner

That, combined with the bad weather in the east, isn’t good for the market, he said.

“With the weakened demand because of the East Coast weather, it has affected markets pretty much across the board,” he said.

Henry Dill, sales manager for Salinas-based Pacific International Marketing, also noted weak market conditions.

“That’s kind of kept the market down at some pretty cheap levels compared to where it was last year,” he said.

California districts were cleaning up later than usual, which exacerbated the situation, he said.

“Typically, those guys are pretty much gone after Christmastime, but this year they extended their season to almost a month and a half longer, and that extra volume made it for a tough market this year on our Mexican stuff,” Dill said.

Dill said the market was still not great, thanks to winter’s extended stay.

“The weather has made it tough for movement for the East Coast,” he said.

Organic

On the organic side, Brian Peixoto, sales manager for Lakeside Organics, said his Watsonville, Calif., company reaches for year-round production and should make that goal this year.

“This year’s been really good, and I think the weather has placed an important role in it,” he said. “The aphids stayed at bay, for the most part, and we had brussels really late in the season here.”

Lakeside is shipping up to 200 cases of organic sprouts a day, he said.


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