Progressive Produce Begins Harvest on California Chili Peppers
- by Lilian Diep
LOS ANGELES, CA - Things are heating up this summer for us in the United States, and I’m not just talking about the weather. Chili peppers are a great way to spice up any dish, quite literally, and Progressive Produce is here to supply the hot ammo. The year-round grower, packer, and distributor of fresh produce has begun harvesting the first fields of its 2020 California Jalapeño, Anaheim, and Pasilla chili peppers, and I for one can’t wait to see them in stores.
“Our yields this year are strong, and we’re excited about the high-quality of our crop,” says Veronica Rodarte, Chili Commodity Manager. “The plants are packed with beautiful, healthy, large-size jalapeños that are perfect for spicing up your socially distant summer barbecues.”
According to the press release, this is the first summer that Progressive’s California-grown chili peppers will be packed in its 112,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art cold storage and distribution facility in La Mirada, California. The company’s dynamic chili pepper program offers many packaging sizes and styles, including a 50-lb field pack and a 20-lb premium pack to avoid shrink.
Progressive has recently started harvesting in Arvin, California, and will work its way towards Oxnard, California. Availability will run well into October with the locally grown crop coming directly from the field to its La Mirada facility.
“We are very proud of our grower partner network that supplies us with the best produce,” Gabriel Andrade, Sales Manager, said. After taking a bite from a jalapeño straight from the field, Andrade adds, “It doesn’t get any fresher than that.”
Whether grilled, baked, pickled, or deep-fried, peppers offer that diversifying experience consumers are looking for while practicing social distancing measures. Plus, the adrenaline-fueled rush sure livens things up. Pop some peppers into produce aisles this season and keep checking back for the latest in the industry.