The concern is that Mexico is continuously increasing strawberry imports into the U.S. at costs below production, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, for Florida growers to compete. What do the numbers say?
Seeing how 2021 is being billed as the year of the fruits and vegetables, it is only fitting that we start the year off with a squabble of sorts.
A look at iceberg lettuce volume and pricing over the past several years shows a similar winter pattern.
As the end of the year 2020 grows closer, the numbers for avocado consumption keep growing.
There has been nothing steady about 2020 when it comes to produce, and onions were not immune to the pandemic this year.
An analysis of the banana market in 2020 show several volume spikes in the spring as retail adjusted to changing consumer demand early in the pandemic, but both wholesale and retail prices were fairly steady all year long.
The national strawberry market in 2020 appears to have been influenced much more by traditional factors, such as weather and supply-and-demand, than by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Idaho remains the behemoth, Canada has put a stake in the ground when it comes to exporting potatoes into the U.S.
The tomato industry has weathered the pandemic well, and this fall, both volume and prices are higher than the past two years.
Oranges have seen unprecedented success with strong consumer demand at retail during the pandemic. Below are some charts and data points that tell the amazing story the citrus item has had this year.