US: Produce prices up over last year

Continuing a trend from the last several months, fresh produce prices in the United States last month were higher than the previous year's prices.

For the 52-week period ending on November 3, 2013, the average price per pound of fruit in the United States rose 3.9% over the previous 52-week period, according to data from Fresh Look Marketing. Fruit sales were up 8.6% for that same period, and sales measured in pounds were up 5.8%. Berries brought in the most sales in the fruit category, accounting for 18.4% of all fruit sales, and dollars coming from berry sales were up 5.8%. The Northeast region accounted for the majority of fruit sales, with 19.4% of all fruit sales.

Likewise, the average price for a pound of vegetables for the period measured rose 4.1% over the previous year-long period. Lettuce accounted for 15.5% of all vegetable dollar sales, and the amount of money lettuce brought in rose 10.2% over the previous year. With 24.5% of vegetable sales as measured by pounds, potatoes accounted for the bulk of pound sales for vegetables.

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