Produce sales in California bounced back during the second quarter of 2017 following several sluggish quarters, according to the FPFC Market Report compiled by Fusion Marketing for the Anaheim, Calif.-based Fresh Produce & Floral Council.
California dollar sales for the 13 weeks ending July 2 reached a new high of nearly $2 billion — a 4% increase compared to the prior year, the report said.
The increase was attributed to higher prices — up an average of 3% to $1.65 per pound — as well as a statewide 1% growth in volume.
Growth ranged from 1% in San Francisco to 6% in Los Angeles, and average prices varied from a high of $1.97 per pound in San Francisco to a low of $1.52 per pound in Los Angeles.
Top growth categories for vegetables in the San Francisco market for the second quarter were lettuce ($700,000), bagged salads ($700,000), asparagus ($400,000), broccoli ($400,000) and variety packages ($400,000).
Vegetable sales were unchanged for the 52-week…