Supply meeting demand for cucumbers

Supplies of cucumbers are slightly lower than typical at this time of year.

“I do see that there’s a bit less supply available—there’s not an influx of supply,” says Raquel Espinoza of Produce House LLC in Nogales, Ariz. “But I feel that there’s a balance of supply and demand because there’s still domestic product available. The domestic market will always support the domestic market before it goes elsewhere and in this case it’s Mexico.”

There are multiple producing regions of pole-shaded cucumbers in Mexico right now including Hermosillo, Sonora, Mex. as well as other regions such as Baja, Ca.,” says Espinoza. “It just feels like there’s less availability.

Waiting for local to finish
Demand though largely remains for the local product. “I think they’re still not ready to make the switch to Mexico for product until the domestic cucumbers are finished,” says Espinoza. “The East Coast for example hasn’t stepped in to buy Mexican cucumbers because I believe they still have them.”

Pricing though looks largely similar to last year at this time when the Mexican season started with good demand. Right now, Espinoza notes that pricing on large cucumbers is $12.95-$14.95, occasionally higher; select is anywhere between $12.95 to $14.95; super is between $14.95-$16.95; and the smaller boxes 24’s and 36’s are between $7.95-$8.95.

For more information:
Raquel Espinoza
Produce House LLC
Tel: +1 (520) 281-8943

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