“It’s too early to tell how the fall crop will do. We are still getting projections from our growing partners. Volumes may continue to be down a bit through the rest of the year.”
Walter Yager, chief executive officer of Alpine Fresh, Doral, Fla., predicts volumes will likely be down as much as 10% for the 2012-13 season, citing several factors such as labor and other production costs.
“Overall the market will probably see pricing about 10% higher than last year,” Yager said.
At Gourmet Trading Co., Los Angeles, procurement director Macario Gonzalez said Peru’s export volumes to the U.S. have decreased compared to initial projections he received at the beginning of this year. He said a variety of factors, including asparagus acres being taken out of production to make way for other crops, could have a long-term effect on supplies.
“These factors and above average weather have caused an added strain to the market so far (for 2012-13),” Gonzalez said.