Florida bell pepper growers brace for Mexican crop

In the midst of a strong – if unremarkable – harvest season, Florida’s green bell pepper growers expect the market to soon take a turn, as Mexican imports are expected to drive up supply and lower prices.

Joe Pascarella of Goodson Farms out of Wimauma, FL, says that crop quality on his company’s green bell peppers has been strong this year, as has the overall market. “The product is looking good,” says Pascarella. “The market is stable.”

Regarding Goodson Farms’ product, Pascarella adds, “Our demand is very strong for what we do.”

While the market for Florida green bell peppers is strong, Pascarella expects changes shortly. “Mexico’s not in the picture yet,” he says, adding that Mexican crop typically hits the market in mid-December. In most years, this causes prices and supply levels to swing away from what American growers consider healthy levels.

Pascarella notes that it’s hard to determine the exact effect Mexican crops will have in 2015. He notes that weather conditions pushed Goodson product two weeks ahead of schedule this year, and that there are few early indicators of how Mexican product will perform.

For more information:
Joe Pascarella
Goodson Farms, Inc.
Tel: +1 (813) 634-2164

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