U.S. importers' association assures ‘steady’ Mexican fresh produce supply
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) has announced there will be steady supplies of Mexican produce in the U.S. despite cold temperatures damaging crops earlier this month.
In a media release the Arizona-based FPAA said promotable volumes of table grapes from western Mexico could be expected as they were still in the early growth stages, but it was too early to predict harvest or starting dates.
FPAA president Lance Jungmeyer said volumes may be ‘lower than normal’ but buyers would still find a well-supplied market due to the variety of microclimates in Mexico and protected agriculture.
“Contrary to some early prognostications, we expect to see steady supplies of key items like tomatoes, bell peppers and melons throughout the season,” he said.
The report said mango volumes would not be affected by the cool weather but it would take several weeks for reasonable harvest projections to be made.
Among the crops most affected were squash, cucumbers and green beans.