Boskovich Farms' Russ Widerburg Discusses Fluctuating Spinach Market
OXNARD, CA - The spinach category never ceases to amaze me in its versatility, popularity, and its nutritional punch. As a consumer, it is one of the first items I look for in the produce department, and as a trade news writer, it is one of the most dynamic commodities to write about. This winter, Boskovich Farms joins me to discuss the state of the market, the company’s expansive program, and what the buy-side should know as they get ahead in 2022.
“Market pricing has remained high since mid-December on carton commodity spinach—reaching as high as the low $20s. Due to heavy rains on the coast of California, and colder temps in the desert areas, supplies have been inconsistent and light on both commodity and raw product material for packaging,” Russ Widerburg, Commodity Sales Manager, shares with me. “Supplies appear to be increasing as I speak, directing the market in a lower trend. If the weather continues to stay nice as it has been, supplies appear to be good moving into February.”
Boskovich grows in Oxnard, California, 365 days a year, offering packaged and bulk spinach for its buy-side customers.
“Our company has been farming for over 100 years, our retail sales staff is experienced and knowledgeable, and our relationships with our current retail and foodservice customer base has established us as an industry leader on many commodities, including spinach,” Russ reveals. “This allows us to address the needs of our customers with expertise and extensive resources on a timely basis.”
Currently, the company offers 4 x 2.5 lb foodservice and club packs as well as a 12 x 10 oz retail pack. Additionally, 24-count conventional and organic bunched cartons and reusable plastic containers (RPC) are also available. All sales are done on a FOB basis.
Getting ahead on program planning is a must this year as the industry anticipates the challenges ahead, from costs to supply chain hurdles. Boskovich is stepping up to the plate to ensure that its customers are taken care of, from the seed to shelf and the plate.