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produce handled in the canneries during the season of 1909. The products of each of the forty-three establishments are given separately, the individual reports being indicated by the office numbers, some of which indicate two or more plants under the same management. The fifteen varieties of vegetables are entered on the table as reported by the canneries, in dozens of one, two and three pound cans, and also in gallon cans, as in the fruit pack on Table No. 2. The totals of each variety are shown in the footings of the table. In the following table the vegetable pack is reduced to pounds, and the totals of each variety are shown in comparison with those of 1908, increases and decreases being entered numerically and by percentages.
The comparison shows the total quantity of vegetables of all kinds reported in the pack of 1909, to have been 75,171,912 pounds, as against 97,130,448 reported for 1908; the decrease is therefore 21,958,536 pounds, or 22.6 per cent. Of the fifteen articles appearing on the table only eleven are reported for both years; of these, tomatoes and pumpkins alone show an increase, the percentage of the first being 14.5, and of the second, 42.3. All the other articles show large decreases, the largest being squash, 87.8 per cent; beets, 80.0 per cent; and asparagus, 79.9
Okra, and string beans have disappeared entirely from the pack of 1909; okra in combination with tomatoes, and tomato pulp, were not in the pack of 1908, and are reported in that of 1909 for the first time since the season of 1906.
As usual the tomato maintains its position as the leading mater
ial handled in the canneries, the number of pounds reported for 1909, being almost one-half of the combined totals of all other vegetables. Although several of the larger plants report increases of products, the year was far from being a prosperous one for the industry as a whole, the net decrease of the fruit pack in comparison with 1908, being as before stated, 41.3 per cent, and of vegetables, 22.6 per cent.
THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CANNING INDUSTRY OF NEW
Character of Management, Capital Invested, Number of Persons Em
ployed, Total Amount Paid in Wages, Selling Value of Product, and Number of Days in Active Operation During the Year 1909.
580 8,000 1,300 3701 *6,000 2,000 16,000 1,300
5,160 1,000 9,654 3,543
TABLE No. 2.-FRUIT.
Product of Canned Fruits and Vegetables for the Year 1909.
THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CANNING INDUSTRY OF NEW JERSEY.