Murcia's pepper production has grown steadily over several decades, with production expanding from 20,000 tons in the 1970s to over 176,000 tons today. Much of this growth is thanks to the improved access to water that the region has ensured in this time. Head of the exchange warehouse sector of Murcia’s Proexport, Mariano Zapata, said, "In the last 40 to 45 years, production has not stopped growing and it continues to increase at a rate of around 5% every year."
Murcia’s pepper production continues to grow at 5% annually
First Dutch sweet peppers land in China
On April 14th, the first batch of Dutch sweet peppers hit the Chinese market. The peppers are produced by the Harvest House cooperative and shipped by air to Weihai, a coastal city in Shandong. The peppers are sourced directly by leading retail chain Shandong Jiajiayue. The peppers are picked, packaged and flown to China in less than 48 hours to ensure maximum freshness and flavour. These should be the first of many varieties of sweet peppers that will be introduced to the Chinese market this year.
Rains cause delays to harvest and price jump for Almeria’s California pepper
The commercial landscape of Almeria’s California pepper has been very favourable in recent years. Israel has reduced its shipments to Europe as its product did not fully meet the requirements, mainly in terms of quality and packaging of the product. As a consequence of the unfavorable economic results, there has been a transfer to other more valuable crops and the area of Israeli pepper has decreased, a fact that has led to very profitable campaigns for Andalusian producers.
Boost for Almeria’s California pepper production
The commercial landscape for Almeria’s California pepper production has been very favourable in recent seasons. Israel has reduced its shipments to Europe because its product did not fully meet distributors’ requirements in terms of its quality and packaging. As a consequence of the unfavourable economic results, there has been a transfer to other more valued crops and the area of Israeli pepper has decreased, which has led to very profitable campaigns for the Andalusian production.
Peppers more popular in Poland
After tomatoes and cucumbers, peppers come third in terms of area for growing vegetables under cover in Poland. The bell pepper harvest from open-field cultivation is much smaller than that grown under cover. In 2014, 23 ,000 tons were harvested, followed by 28,000 tons the next season and about 34,000 tons forecast for this season. Over 2009-2014, Poland’s bell pepper exports grew from 9,000 to 19 ,000 tons, most going to CIS countries.
Tesco now selling world’s hottest chilli pepper
The Carolina Reaper - infamous as the world’s hottest chilli pepper - is for the first time being commercially grown in the UK and now on sale in Tesco stores across the country.
In a press release, the retail chain said the pepper is about 400 times hotter than a jalapeno, the chilli pepper commonly used on spicy take away and supermarket pizzas.
Sweet green still top selling pepper in US
Retail sales of peppers in the United States grew 4.9% in value, to $1.3 billion, and 3.2% in volume, to 603.5 million pounds, year-over-year in the 52 weeks to September 26, 2015, Nielsen data shows.
The sweet green pepper was the biggest seller – accounting for 28.5% of the total spend in the category and nearly 40% of the volume sold – with total sales of $386.9 million (+1.2%) from 235 million pounds (+2.4%).
Traffic light pepper packs remain popular in UK
Retail sales of peppers in the UK were up 10.1% in volume but down 6.6% in value for the 52 weeks to October 11 compared to the same period a year before, Kantar Worldpanel data shows.
Altogether, 115,720 tons of peppers were sold, for a total spend of £291.4 million (€413m).
The top seller in the pepper category was the traffic light pack, which with just over 50,000 tons sold accounted for 43% of all pepper sales. Sales of this pack were up 20% in volume and 9.4% in value, to nearly £112 million (€413m).