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Multiple growing regions give year-round coverage

12/18/2009 03:46:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Westmoreland, which has customers in the western U.S. and in western Canada, will ship seedless cucumbers and mini-cucumbers on a limited basis through January, with production picking up in February, Dilaudo said.

The company will begin marketing tomatoes and peppers in March, with volumes expected by mid- to late March, he predicted. 

Meanwhile, at the other end of the continent, Ciruli Bros. LLC, Nogales, Ariz., is bringing in greenhouse cucumbers and Italian specialty eggplants from Mexico, said Chris Ciruli, a partner in the company.

Eggplant volumes are expected to peak in January and February and will ship into May, Ciruli said. The company’s cucumber deal should run from October to June.

The week of Dec. 21, Ciruli Bros. planned to begin bringing in greenhouse-grown colored bell peppers and round and roma tomatoes from the Culiacan growing region of Mexico, with some light volumes expected for Christmas and New Year’s, Ciruli said.

Ciruli Bros. expects to bring in about 1 million boxes of greenhouse tomatoes and 300,000 boxes of colored bells this season, similar to last season’s totals, Ciruli said.

Coachella, Calif.-based Prime Time International began importing greenhouse colored bells from the Jalisco region of Mexico in October, said Jeff Taylor, salesman.

Volumes are peaking in November and December and expected to wind down in January and February, Taylor said. The company also has a Baja California greenhouse bell deal that starts at the end of October and peaks in November and December.

Taylor expected similar volumes this season as in the 2008-09 season.

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