Announcements

Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Chili pepper supplies feeling the Florida weather

The Hurricane Irma effect is being felt in the supply of chili peppers in the U.S. right now.

“There is good availability of chili peppers in the West at the moment. However Florida supplies are light at this time,” says Randy Bailey of Bailey Farms in Oxford, N.C.



Bailey points out that the supply right now is much tighter than it was last year at this time. “Hurricane Irma disrupted the planting schedules making the south Florida season late this year. And then when we were just beginning to get into some volume there, the weather turned cold,” says Bailey, whose peppers are supplied for both retail and foodservice customers. “We have had two cold periods with lows in the mid 30s. Last year we had above normal warmth for the whole winter which made supplies plentiful.”  

Along with South Florida, supplies are coming in from Mexico.

Boost in supply?
Of course, that makes for stronger prices compared to a year ago, albeit steady pricing.

Looking ahead though, the warmer weather that is forecast for Florida in the coming weeks should bring a boost in production. “It seems hot peppers are featured in recipes more than ever so I would anticipate gradual increases in consumption of hot peppers,” says Bailey. 



ELD rules
However, as many commodity suppliers right now are seeing, moving that increased production could be an issue. “The biggest challenges right now are freight and labor,” says Bailey, noting that it’s seeing a major boost in both the cost and availability of trucks since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandated that trucks carry electronic logging devices (ELDs) as of December.

“Overall freight rates are about 50 percent higher than last season and are harder to find,” says Bailey. “It’s worrisome to think about what may happen as we get into the warmer months ahead when there is even more demand for trucks.”

For more information:
Randy Bailey
Bailey Farms
rbailey@baileyfarmsinc.com
baileyfarmsinc.com

Publication date: 1/24/2018

 


 

Other news in this sector:

8/15/2018 Challenging but positive year for Western Australia vegetable growers
8/15/2018 British pound sterling dropped against euro and dollar
8/15/2018 Turkey: Tomato growers in Karacabey request increase in prices
8/15/2018 Jamaican peppers wanted in Canada
8/15/2018 US: Plant-based food sales grow 20 percent
8/15/2018 “We’re about to send a huge load of produce to Europe for next to nothing”
8/15/2018 EU: Updated Horizon 2020 brochure – calls 2019
8/14/2018 Spain: Pink Barbastro tomato production may reach 2.1 million kilos
8/14/2018 New Zealand: Report shows need to protect Pukekohe food hub
8/14/2018 Australia: Growcom supports crackdown on labour hire licensing
8/14/2018 UK: £90 million to help feed the 9 billion
8/13/2018 Scottish growers face shortage of seasonal workers
8/13/2018 AU: Growers face another peak berry season unable to sell fruit
8/10/2018 Italy: Farm workers protest after migrant crash deaths
8/10/2018 Tomato woes across European market
8/10/2018 US: Farm share of retail price of head lettuce rose in 2017
8/10/2018 UK: Broccoli price up 25% due to heatwave
8/10/2018 Commission gives EU farmers ‘temporary relief’ amid extreme droughts
8/9/2018 African Development Bank President calls for technology transfer to farmers
8/9/2018 Australia: Strong potential for horticultural growth in Mid West