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Market Report for the week of April 15th 2019

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  • Raspberries and Blackberries are in excellent supply right now which should continue through May. Quality is excellent. California Strawberries are also in excellent supply with better volumes and pricing expected following the Easter holiday. Quality is solid on all new crop berries. Blueberry supplies are better this week. Volumes will increase after Easter with an expected price drop too. Quality has been very nice.
  • Asparagus volumes and pricing remain promotable with excellent quality. Ask your account managers about White and Purple Asparagus too.
  • Hothouse Beefsteak Tomato pricing will be on the rise this week. Quality is excellent with higher demand. On the Vine Tomato pricing is steady, with good yields and excellent quality.
  • Field grown Round Slicing Tomatoes will be more promotable this week with fruit maturing with bigger sizing, and quality has been great. Roma Tomato pricing has increased this week with less product crossing the boarder and demand being higher from Florida product. Quality is excellent. Grape Tomatoes are looking very nice with outstanding quality and good pricing.
  • Pineapple prices are higher this week just before the big push for Easter. We are seeing more demand than product is available in the market.
  • Mangos are peaking on smaller sizes with larger sized fruit getting a premium. They are plentiful now with very good quality.
  • Rhubarb is now available by the case and by the pound. Better volumes will become available after Easter.
  • Early crop Cherries are available. Weather is not expected to have an impact in the coming weeks, and growers are predicting a favorable crop this year.
  • Growers are reporting excellent quality on Broccoli Crowns from California, while eastern grown broccoli may have some quality issues from overwintering.Cauliflower supplies are better this week. Quality should improve with a recent transition to another growing region. The market is expected to be stable for the next few weeks.
  • Sweet Corn markets remain on the tighter side through the Easter holiday due to increased demand. Quality has been excellent and supplies will improve as the harvest continues.
  • ALERT! Celery markets remain extremely active with lower volumes and higher pricing. Some growers are fighting quality issues. Border crossings are taking longer which is putting a strain on the market. California crops won’t start harvesting until May or early June.
  • Watermelon prices are still high from Florida, while Texas is not yet harvesting and Mexican fruit is slow coming across the border. We are expecting greater volumes in the coming weeks and prices to drop accordingly.
  • Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers are having decent volumes from certain growing regions, while others are struggling. Green Bell Pepper prices remain high. Acreage in Florida is down compared with previous years which is also keeping markets elevated.
  • Artichoke volume and quality is steady from California with larger sizes being more readily available, and smaller sizes more limited.
  • Cucumber Selects have good supplies available. European Cucumbers pricing will up slightly this week.
  • Green Beans are at peak quality with excellent supply and quality available through the end of April.
  • The Hass Avocado market has stalled and dropped back down. It should hover around this price level until early May. Note: This is Holy Week, so harvesters will stop picking on Thursday through Easter interrupting available supplies. Harvesting won’t begin again until April 22 and may not cross the border until the 24th or 25th, but possibly as late as the 29th. We should see an increase of available product after that ahead of Cinco de Mayo.
  • Potato pricing continues to inch up this week, but with very nice quality. Russet Potatoes are in good supply. White Potatoes will have enough storage crop until about the end of May as long as quality holds up.
  • The Onion market is all over the board. Yellow Onions in particular have fallen as demand hasn’t been as strong. New crop will be available in the coming week and we should see another price drop then.
  • Leaf Lettuce is in good supply with minimal quality defects, but Romaine Lettuce is less plentiful with a transition in growing regions currently underway. Iceberg Lettuce has begun harvesting with more supplies in late April. Quality is improving, but we are still seeing light pack weights.
  • Cantaloupe sizing is driving the market right now. With reduced overall volume, smaller sized fruit demand is exceeding available supplies. Fruit is showing nice external color with good solid brix levels in the 11-14% range. Good volume on Honeydew Melons will continue over the next 2-3 weeks with primarily larger sized melons available. Quality is clean with brix levels in the 10-13% range.
  • The Seedless Grape market is rising with late starting harvests. Imports must meet US Grade#1 or they will not be allowed to cross the border. Few Red Seedless will be available, while Green Seedless are coming from storage.
  • The Lemon market remains steady this week with better volumes on larger sized fruit while smaller sized fruit is tightening up. Quality has been good. The Lime market is higher this week due to lighter harvests and fewer border crossings. Expect pricing to continue to rise as demand is up and labor is down. Navel Oranges are steady with good supplies. Quality has been good.
  • Pears are in good supply. Ask your account managers for D’anjou, Red Anjou, and Bosc Pears.
  • We are seeing plenty of eastern Zucchini and Yellow Squash. Expect volumes to dip next week as Southern Florida will be finishing up their season, while Plant City should have a couple more weeks left. Some scarring is apparent on Yellow Squash.
  • Red Cabbage supplies are tight, causing an increase in cost. Markets are escalated.
  • Sugar Snap Pea supplies are tight, quality is good, and demand will be increasing with the Easter holiday this week.
  • Check out the Cavalier Homegrown list for the current list of local and seasonal products.