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Market Report For the Week of May 6, 2019

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  • Seedless Watermelon prices will continue to fall this week. We will begin to see better pricing on bins. Now that we are into May and the weather is warming up, demand will increase. Quality has been excellent from multiple growing regions.
  •  Romaine Hearts are in excellent supply with very good quality. Green Leaf, Red Leaf and Romaine Lettuces are in good supply and quality has been excellent. Iceberg Lettuce has been steady with better sized heads. Box weights are improving and overall quality has been nice.
  •  Blueberries are in a complete flush. Berry size has been quite large and texture has been really nice and firm with excellent flavor and shelf life. Strawberries are in peak season from California. Volumes are higher than normal which has created opportunities for better pricing. Quality has been very nice. There will be plenty of Stem Berries available for Mother’s Day -pre-order with your account manager. Raspberries and Blackberries are in good supply. Quality and flavor have been very good on both.
  •  Eastern new crop Kale, Bunched Spinach, Mustard Greens and Turnip Greens and Baby Bok Choy is coming available. Growers are reporting excellent quality.
  •  Broccoli is very limited from CA. This is in a gap in production caused by late plantings from weather delays. Other growing regions are poised to start harvesting, so the gap will be short lived. Eastern grown Broccoli Crowns are very nice.
  •  New crop Red Seedless Grapes will be more readily available with good quality and stable pricing. Green Seedless Grape pricing however is much higher with less fruit available. Ask your account managers about pre-ordering Cotton Candy Grapes.
  •  ALERT! Cauliflower is extremely tight across the board. Similar to broccoli there is a gap caused by weather related late plantings. Volumes should improve this month, but until then supplies will be limited and pricing will be higher.
  •  Eastern Peaches are almost ready to start shipping. South Carolina and Georgia should be ready around the middle of the month.
  •  Cherries are now available from CA. Volumes will be light to start but will increase as we progress through the month with peak volumes hitting around Memorial Day.
  •  Green Squash prices are promotable with excellent quality. Yellow Squash pricing is coming down as volumes are increasing.
  •  Cucumbers should be promotable this week. Quality has been excellent. European Cucumbers have steady volumes but with slightly higher pricing. Quality is excellent.
  •  Sweet Corn currently has good volumes and very nice quality out of Florida. White and Yellow are available. Ask your account manager about pre-ordering Bi-Color corn.
  •  ALERT! Celery continues to be tight and priced very high. Multiple growers are expecting new crop by June. Prices may start to slide down near the end of the month.
  •  Snap Pea market is improving. Pricing is coming down as supplies get better. Snow Peas are promotable with steady pricing and excellent quality.
  •  Green Bean prices will begin to fall this week. Growers were worried about a gap when regions transitioned, but that doesn’t seem likely now. Quality is nice.
  •  Asparagus prices are steady. We have both domestic and local asparagus available. Quality has been excellent.
  •  Green Pepper prices will be on the rise this week. As growing regions transition we may see a slight gap in production. Quality is strong on the product we are seeing. Red, Orange and Yellow Peppers are steady. Prices could rise some this week as an increased demand is anticipated with less of the green peppers available.
  •  Sweet Potatoes are going to continue to tighten as move towards the summer. Storage crop has pretty much been depleted now that all the major holiday have finished. New crop is still several months away.
  •  Cluster and Beefsteak Tomatoes are very promotable as we’re currently in a flush of product. Quality is excellent. Grape Tomato markets are rising slightly this week. Pricing and quality are nice. Roma Tomato prices are steady. Field grown Slicing Tomatoes are in peak season now from Florida. Look for nice, large firm fruit with good color and flavor.
  •  ALERT! We are fully into new crop Limes, but there is little availability on larger sizes. The larger sized fruit is demanding premium pricing. The smaller sizes is being credited to the lack of rainfall.
  •  Pricing is higher on Cantaloupes and Honeydew Melons as import fruit is winding down. Domestic fruit will be starting this week into next with smaller sized melons available. Pricing will be higher for larger sized melons until volumes increase.