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Banana Imports to Increase; Limes and Brussel Sprout Show Bigger Volumes

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A3Larger volume shipments are being reported for bananas, limes and Brussel sprouts.

Imported bananas have been light in recent months because of inclement weather and other unfavorable conditions in numerous banana producing countries.

However, supplies are expected to improve in coming weeks, although the first quarter of 2018 has presented serious challenges.

About 85 percent  of bananas shipped to the U.S. in 2017 came from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Honduras.   American importers have reported issues affecting production in three of those four countries as well as in others.

Temperatures have been as much as 10 degrees below normal for several weeks in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, slowing fruit growth, production and yield.

There also has been excess rainfall and flooding in Costa Rica and Panama that have damaged plantations, infrastructure, roads and bridges.  There also has been high winds and waves causing delays in shipping. Combine these factors with national instability and supply interruptions in Honduras, and the result supplies being much tighter than normal.

Lime Imports

Rain in Mexico’s Veracruz growing region reduced lime imports by the U.S., but observers expect improved shipments by the middle of April.  The f.o.b. price on limes had doubled from mid February to mid March.  Erratic weather in Mexico often makes March a difficult time of year for the lime shipments and so far in 2018 it hasn’t been any different.

Mexico provided 93 percent of total U.S. lime imports in mid-March, with the remaining light volume from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru.  Lime volume should return to normal levels by May.

Brussel Sprouts

It seems Brussels sprouts may be the latest trendy vegetable in America and that has led to increased production and shipments.

The volume of fresh Brussels sprouts shipped hit 78.9 million pounds, up 9 percent during the past year. Domestic fresh Brussels sprout shipments totaled 3.03 million 25-pound cartons in 2016, up from 752,000 cartons in 2010.  Imported  fresh Brussels sprouts totaled 4.5 million (25-pound) cartons, up from 1.06 million cartons in 2010.

In California, 2016 USDA statistics show peak shipments of Brussels sprouts occurred in November, when 22 percent of the state’s crop was shipped.  The four-month period of September through December accounted for 68 percent of the state’s total Brussels sprouts shipments.

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Crossing Kale and Brussel Sprouts = Kalettes

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DSCN1355A planned fall rollout at U.S. retail supermarkets of the vegetable Kalettes is planned, which is a cross between kale and brussels sprouts.

It is spearheaded by based sales manager of Tozer Seeds America, said in a news release.

“We started selling seed in the U.S. in 2012 and quickly realized that this new vegetable was going to be a huge hit with consumers due to the popularity of both vegetables,” Kuykendall said.  So far, Kalettes has appeared in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. It was developed over more than a decade of research by cross-pollinating brussels sprouts with kale through traditional methods.

Plans for the U.S. launch include consumer and social media activity. A website offers recipes; a Facebook page and other outlets have been established.  Rock Garden South, a Miami-based grower and subsidiary of Miami-based specialties distributor Coosemans Worldwide, introduced organic BrusselKale — a cross between brussels sprouts and red kale — last year.

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