Southern Specialties' Charlie Eagle Discusses Asparagus Market
POMPANO BEACH, FL - Although we are deep in winter, we as a produce industry don’t hunker down and wait out the chill. Instead, we get to work on building exceptional import programs to ensure that the flow of high-quality produce continues. Furthering this dedication to its veg programs is Southern Specialties. I spoke with Charlie Eagle, Vice President of Business Development, to learn about how the grower’s asparagus program can boost winter veg promotions.
“Typically, the market tightens this time of year as Peruvian volumes wind down and Mexico prepares to jump in. Prices are higher as a result of the supply volumes,” Charlie explained, noting that the Mexican asparagus harvest is due to begin in two to three weeks. In the meantime, Southern Specialties has good supplies of Peruvian asparagus, with promotional volumes due to kick in as soon as the Mexican harvest begins.
“Good quality asparagus has been arriving from Peru,” he remarked when I asked about the status of asparagus coming in. “Weather conditions have been favorable, as the coastal areas of Peru see little rain.”
As Southern Specialties’ high-caliber asparagus continues to hit market, Charlie noted that the company is still building upon its reputation as a top-tier grower and distributor.
“Our Mexican deal continues to grow at double digit annual volumes,” he informed me. “Southern Specialties continues to make investments in our programs that bring value to our customers and consumers. Logistics continue to play a critical role in our business. Our company remains focused on providing solutions that will reduce transit times, eliminate additional costs, and seek opportunities that include consolidation services. Our load configurations are built around asparagus and this provides Southern Specialties an opportunity to fill trucks with other commodities we grow and source.”
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