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Market Report for Week of August 12th

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  • Washington had a shorter Apple crop during the 2018 season than in 2017 – an estimated 117 million 40-pound boxes compared to 133 million boxes. We can expect some increased volume and a solid crop moving into the new season. Red Delicious, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp and Fuji are the top sellers.
  • The Asparagus market is steady. JBO, XL are very extremely tight which is largely affecting the demand. Southern growing region production is very low, and the weather patterns are the main root of these issues. Expect volumes to remain tight for at least the next three weeks.
  • Avocado markets are slightly weaker than last week but seem to be stabilizing. Smaller sized fruit is still the most abundant. Demand is low, but that is typical for this time of year. Markets should stay relatively stable for the next couple of weeks but once Peru starts to slow down, Mexican Hass Avocados will be the only source which might cause the market to strengthen.
  • ALERT- Blackberries are in light supply as we rely almost entirely on the West Coast production to satiate demand. Some import product is arriving in a small way to help fill orders. The market should begin to ease up as production begins to pick up slightly next week. Blueberry prices have stabilized. California stocks are abundant, while volume in the Pacific Northwest is rising. Quality is very good. Raspberries are steady with light supplies coming from out west. Quality has been fair as some lots have been arriving looking aged along with having transfer damage. Strawberry numbers are starting to decrease as we head into the late summer. Quality in all shipping areas is just average, but it should start to improve when CA starts their fall crop.
  • Broccoli supplies are lower than expected this week. The market should hold steady going into next week. Good quality is reported by multiple growers.
  • ALERT! Brussels Sprout supplies are very light this week. Growers are facing a supply gap with product. Markets are expected to be higher going into next week. No quality issues have been reported.
  • Supplies on Cauliflower continue to be light this week. The yields coming from the fields are a lot lower than expected. Markets should be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported.
  • ON THE RADAR: Some westside growers are beginning to see a slight gap in Cantaloupe production which means less product hitting the market over the next 7-10 days. This gap for some, was caused by delays in planting, due to rains back in late April & early May. Sizing is mostly to the larger fruit with limited quantities of smaller fruit being harvested. Quality remains strong as consistent supply & markets have kept the fruit moving no later than one day after harvest. Internal quality this week has been showing a range of 11-15% brix levels. Honeydews remain in a short position overall with the primary sizing also being bigger fruit leaving smaller fruit in a limited position. Based on current field projections we are not forecasting this situation to change over the next 10-14 days. Many growers avoided planting honeydews this year due to poor market performance the past few years which is keeping the overall production limited & the market in a stronger position.
  • Carrot supplies are steady. Jumbo carrots seem to be short. This has pushed prices up a bit, but Northern growers are starting so that may change. Quality is good right now and we don’t expect to see any changes in the near future on that.
  • Good Celery supplies continue to be available. Markets should hold steady going into next week. Good quality has been reported with multiple growers.
  • ON THE RADAR: Corn Volumes are limited. Northern regions like Minnesota and Wisconsin will likely see a slightly later than normal start. Product out of the West is tight due to production delays. Expect supplies to be tight as we get closer to the Labor Day holiday. After Labor Day supplies will increase.
  • Cucumber availability is plentiful. Regional deals from coast to coast are able to fulfill local demand and volume is abundant. Long-term and towards the end of the month supplies should start to tighten up.
  • Eggplant supply is getting better with light supply starting in Norther states. From the Northeast growers continue to ship steady volume, most of which stay in the northeast. Supplies will continue to get better through the weekend and next week. Quality has been good on both sides of the country.
  • The Red Seedless Grape market remains steady. Starting to transition into varieties with larger fruit & better taste profiles. Market on the newer varieties will be slightly higher than current numbers. Green Seedless Grapes have been steady. New crop varieties are beginning in the next 7 days with better sizes expected on these.
  • After a few weeks of lackluster harvests, several Eastern Green Bean growers are back in business with good volumes. Quality is mostly good. Western growers are predicted to have good volume for the next several weeks! They expect to hit peak production over the next couple weeks.
  • ALERT! Cilantro supplies remain limited this week, due to very low yields at the time of harvest. The market is very active on the West Coast. Chervil supplies will remain limited through August. All other Herbs are steady with good quality.
  • Steady supplies of Iceberg Lettuce for this week. Markets are also expected to be steady for next week. Good quality is being reported at this time. Romaine Heartdemand has picked up. Supplies are good this week. However, there are still quality issues; fringe, wind burn, & light twist. Markets continue to stay escalated this week & are expected to firm up slightly going into next week. Whole Head Romaine lettuce supplies continue to be steady this week. Markets are also expected to stay steady & good quality is also being reported. Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce– Very good supplies on these lettuce items going into next week. Markets are expected to be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported at this time.
  • There have been some market recalls and product withdrawals on Romaine Lettuce, Collards and Baby Spinach in the last week. Cavalier Produce is NOT affected by these and continues to source product from safe sources.
  • Good Kale supplies continue to be available. Markets should hold steady going into next week. Good quality has been reported with multiple growers.
  • Supplies continue to be plentiful on Curly Parsley, Spinach, and Arugula as the weather continues to spur growth and produce better yields. Supplies look to be in good shape going into next week.
  • Lemons are extremely tight on smaller sizes right now and prices are on the rise. Smaller fruit dropped this week. Larger fruit remains steady to slightly higher priced. There is still a gap between sizes, but it is closing. Limes remain steady to slightly elevated; large fruit remains at a premium compared to small fruit as to be expected. Weather is a challenge but expect prices to remain higher for the next few weeks.
  • As more growing regions begin to harvest, the Onion market has dropped like a rock. Washington new crop has also begun to increase volume, and what was originally supposed to be a delayed start date has been moved up due to recent high temperatures in the NW. Other growers will start in next week, but don’t really expect to see heavy volume until the week of August 19th. We expect pricing to level off on Red Onions, White Onions and Yellow Onions and all sizes.
  • Very good Green Onion Scallion supplies coming in this week. Markets are expected be steady going into next week. Good quality is also being reported at this time.
  • Valencia Oranges are rolling and in great supply. Markets are steady and expect to be so for the next couple weeks. Promotable fruit right here! Good quality is being reported.
  • The Red and Yellow Pepper market remains elevated. New crop seasons are just starting to ramp up. Supplies remain tight this week. Expectations are for more supplies to come online in a week or so. As local production all over the country ramps up, expect markets to get more in line. Green Bell Pepper availability has started to improve a lot. Regional deals from coast to coast are able to fulfill local demand. Volume is plentiful & quality is strong.
  • ON THE RADAR: Pineapple supplies are improving but are expected to remain low at least through the end of August. Sizing trend is moving slowly towards larger sizes which will help with 5 and 6ct availability. Good quality is expected thru the end of the year.
  • The Potato market continues to rise. There are still quality concerns since we are at the end of the storage crop. The market will remain high and tight trending upward until new crop comes on late this month and through September depending on the supplier’s region. We will continue to see strength in the coming weeks as growers are stretching out their season until new crop becomes plentiful enough to fill the supply pipeline.
  • With the growing season in full swing, Zucchini and Yellow Squash availability has improved a lot and regional deals from coast to coast are able to fulfill local demand. Volume is plentiful. Expect good volumes at least for the next two weeks. Long-term and toward the end of the month supplies should start to tighten up.
  • Although Tomato volumes are sufficient, prices are up a bit. Demand is strong for summer tomatoes. Round Tomato harvests have been light to moderate in the East. Small fruit is on the short side & quality can vary from good to fair. Expect supplies to remain snug for the next couple of weeks. The CA deal is also shipping less this week as farms work through plantings affected by June’s heat wave. Roma volumes are adequate but lighter in CA & most Eastern areas. The Southern growing regions have Grape Tomatoes, but there’s not a lot of volume in any one location. The transition to new crops has been slow but is coming.
  • The Watermelon market is stable. This past week showed little change from the past few with volume coming in a bit below average while prices sit in a very nice place. Things usually start to trend down a bit starting in a week or two, but it’s possible that late crops will come on pushing their volume a little later into the summer. Supplies on seedless are limited but seeing good quality.
  • ALERT! The Sweet Potato Yam market continues to be tight after many growers were affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina last September. Increasing demand & heavy rains in the growing regions has also created challenges, but luckily quality & size are still good. We will continue to see the prices rise month by month over the summer until we get to next season’s harvest. Prices are extremely high and not coming down.