Nogales Port Continues to See Diversification of New Commodities, Reliable Supplies of Key Items
NOGALES, AZ - 2021 has already seen many things, but for the Nogales area, it has seen an increase on new commodities for the produce industry. The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) has been monitoring trends for commodities in southern Arizona, and new and specialty items continue to add value to Nogales as a produce hub.
“Nogales has always been known for produce, from asparagus to zucchini,” said President Lance Jungmeyer in a recent press release. “The growth in further new items exemplifies the innovation in new variety development to meet consumer and retailer demands.”
In the past few months alone, commodities have been reintroduced to the area as demand for unique products grows. Additionally, the area has seen sustainable increases in volume for fresh produce that is common to the local industry.
Some of the highlighted commodities include figs, pomegranates, Brussels sprouts, and lemons. Although these items are uncommon to the Nogales area, the high-quality local infrastructure and the ease of sourcing items from Nogales means the industry is poised to fill demand for these emerging items, the press release explained.
As a whole, Southern Arizona continues to import reliable volumes of tomato, watermelon, cucumber, bell pepper, eggplant, and many other key vegetable items that make it one of the most important suppliers of fresh produce. Commodities with the greatest growth include strawberries, broccoli, and radicchio.
FPAA noted that the new additions position Nogales as a nimble source that keeps up with changing times and evaluates what the market needs.
Across Nogales, this dedication asserts that evolution paired with reliability becomes the key to ensuring consumers get the fresh produce they demand, even in the cold winter months.
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