The weather in our growing areas is always an important factor in terms of production volume, and 2013 has been no exception. Many crops have been impacted by weather this season, particularly after the freeze in mid-January, which affected production in Northern Mexico into early February.
Both yellow and Italian (Zucchini) squash were impacted by the low temperatures, as were green beans, but Ciruli Brothers is looking at the months ahead with a positive light and hopes for good weather. As you know, right now is the peak season for vegetable production in Nogales and Ciruli Brothers’ shipping program is in full swing, particularly with the addition of the early Champagne® mango deal.
“Quality has been good and we have continued to receive steady volume,” adds Chris Ciruli, who heads the shipping department for Ciruli Brothers. “We have started shipping green beans again, after a two week gap earlier in February. Our tomatoes, cucumbers and bell pepper crops are also hitting their strides and will be available through early May.”
Regarding Champagne® mangos, Chris adds that “the quality of the early crop has been above average, in part due to favorable weather in the Chiapas area, and also due to a more rigorous quality control program.” Ciruli Brothers expects promotable volume in March, with an overall increase in the Mexican mango program from 10-15% during the 2013 season.
While the market of fresh vegetables sourced from Mexico is always in flux due to climate and other factors, Ciruli Brothers is well positioned to stay abreast of the latest information. We remain in constant communication with our team of dedicated growers, and our staff in Nogales, AZ and Donna, TX is always committed to ensuring that our produce will make its way safely from our facilities to your store, keeping your shelves stocked and consumers happy.
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