Fewer Mexican Grape Loadings are Seen; MountainKing Texas Red Potatoes are Underway

Fewer Mexican Grape Loadings are Seen; MountainKing Texas Red Potatoes are Underway


Imported Mexican grapes will still be good, but a little less than an year ago.  Meanwhile Texas red potato shipments have started.

Green seedless grapes in Mexican have taken biggest hit for the new 2018 season, dropping 30 percent from a total of 4.4 million cases in 2017 to 3.1 million cases this year.

Early green seedless are expected to be down 28 percent to 2.6 million cases.  Early green seedless production in 2017 was 3.6 million cases.  Red seedless varieties this year will be off 23 percent from 10.1 million cases a year ago.  The 2018 estimate is for 7.8 million boxes of red seedless table grapes.

Red seeded, black and other varieties are each expected to be off 15 percent this spring. Red seeded export production this year is estimated to be 584,000 cases.  Black grape volume is anticipated to be 1.1 million boxes. Other varieties should total 713,000 boxes.

Mexican grape shipments a year busted all records hitting 16 million cases.

Peak shipments for green seedless would be the third week of May through June..  Peak shipments for red seedless will be similar.

Some good news for produce truckers hauling grapes out of Nogales is there has been a 50 percent increase in inspectors at the Nogales crossing.  This is expected to reduce delays at the border. 

Mexican vegetables and watermelon crossing at Nogales – grossing about $6800 to New York City.

 Texas Red Potato Shipments

by MountainKing Potatoes

HOUSTON, TX – MountainKing Potatoes, one of the world’s largest growers of potato varieties, has started the harvest of its Texas new crop of red potatoes.

Grown in the Rio Grande Valley, south central Texas and the western section of the state’s panhandle, MountainKing’s Texas Reds are harvested fresh daily, pre-cooled and packed to order in specially-marked 5-pound bags.

“Our Texas Reds have been a consistent seller…,” says John Pope, vice president of sales and marketing for MountainKing Potatoes.  “All signs point to a very solid harvest this year.”

Pope explains the firm and waxy texture of the Texas Reds help them maintain their shape when boiled.  Plus, their high moisture content creates a more flavorful potato salad while their thinner skins make for a brighter, more attractive presentation.  The product also is suitable for grilling and mashing.

Besides their great look and taste, MountainKing’s Texas Red Potatoes are packed with 35 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and 16 percent of dietary fiber, a strong selling point for health-conscious shoppers.

Based in Houston, MountainKing grows, packs, markets and distributes fresh potatoes to grocers across the United States.  Currently, about one million U.S. households enjoy MountainKing products every week.

Mexican produce crossing the border at Pharr, Tx – grossing about $3800 to Chicago.