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Market Report for Week of August 5th

By on Aug 6, 2019 in MARKET REPORT | 0 comments

 

  • ALERT! The Asparagus markets are extremely high. Jumbo and XL are very tight which is affecting demand on other sizes. Some growing are having weather related production issues. Prices will remain elevated for the next week or two.
  • Supplies are set to increase progressively every week on Hass Avocados from now through September. With these supply increases we believe prices will fall. The Hass Avocado Board is projecting a 10-15% increase in volumes through the 2019/2020 growing season.
  • Blueberries are plentiful with good volumes coming from the North and West.  Blackberries continue to be in a demand exceeding supply situation as a transition is happening in the growing areas. Expect a tight market now and into the early fall. Raspberries continue to trickle in with lighter volumes also due to a transition in growing regions.
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower supplies are lighter this week with an expected market increase by next week. Good quality is reported by multiple growers.
  • Brussels Sprout supplies are light this week with yields being below average for this time of year. Market prices will be higher going into next week. Good quality.
  • Due to consistently higher temps in the growing region, Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons are peaking on larger sizes leaving lighter volumes on the smaller sized fruit. Quality has been exceptional with very nice color and good internal quality. Brix levels have been in the 12-15% range.
  • Carrot supplies are steady with good quality being reported. Jumbo carrots seem to be a bit more tight which has pushed prices up slightly.
  • Celery supplies and pricing are steady this week. No expected changes in the next week or so.
  • ALERT! Parts of the Midwest are struggling with Sweet Corn production with low volumes and poorer quality. Northern regions are off to a slow start, so expect market pricing to be higher.
  • We are seeing decent volumes on Cucumber Selects with good quality so far. More growing regions are coming online so volumes will increase in the upcoming weeks.
  • Good volume and quality this week on Eggplant.
  • The markets are holding steady on Seedless Grapes, but we are expecting the markets to firm up due to warmer weather in the growing regions. No quality issues are being reported at this time.
  • The Green Bean market is strong this week. Eat Coast supplies are light with only fair quality. The market is expected to come down as more growing regions begin to harvest. West Coast supplies are minimal which is putting more stress on the East Coast markets.
  • ALERT! Cilantro supplies are very limited this week due to lower yields. Markets will be on the rise. Chervil supplies are also tight this week. All other herbs are steady with good quality.
  • Iceberg Lettuce supplies and pricing continue to be steady this week. Good quality is being reported.
  • The Kale market is steady this week with steady pricing and quality ranging from fair to good.
  • ALERT! Romaine Heart supplies are looking better this week, but we are seeing some quality issues from fringe burn, wind burn and light twist. Market will stay elevated this week, but should improve by next week. Green Leaf Lettuce supplies are excellent this week with good yields at the time of harvest and better quality.Red Leaf Lettuce volumes and demand are steady, but with some quality issues with light fringe and wind burn and irregular sizing.
  • ALERT! Smaller sized Lemons are on the tight side this week and prices are on the rise. The Lime market continues to rise with larger sized fruit demanding premium pricing. Quality has been challenging as weather has started to affect the crops. Prices will be higher for the next several weeks.
  • ALERT! The Onion market remains high and tight, but steady from previous weeks. Look for relief in the coming weeks as the Northwest starts to ramp up new crop. We could be looking at a push of 2-3 weeks as there were planting delays and higher temps in the growing region over the last several weeks.
  • Green Onion Scallions are steady this week with good supplies and no quality issues being reported at this time.
  • Valencia Oranges have good supplies with steady markets and no quality issues.
  • ALERT! The heat wave over most of the country seems to be having an effect on the Green Pepper crops as plants have stalled production. The product that we are seeing seems to have good quality. Red and Yellow Pepper market pricing is higher with more limited quantities. New crop season is starting in parts of the country. Volumes should rise over the next few weeks.
  • ALERT! Pineapple supplies are expected to remain low at least until the end of August. Sizing is trending on the higher side. Quality is pretty good and expected to remain so through the end of the year.
  • ALERT! The Potato market is spiking with higher freight costs. The market will remain high and tight until new crop comes available late this month through September and October depending on the growing region.
  • Many parts of the country are seeing peak season for Zucchini and Yellow Squash. Volumes and quality on yellow squash are starting to get better with zucchini having plentiful volumes.
  • Nice weather and plentiful supplies are bring the Strawberry markets down slightly, but quality overall remains average. Some areas are experiencing occasional bruising, overripe, windburn, decay or white shoulders.
  • Eastern Tomato volumes are decreasing with below average quality on Grape TomatoesRoma Tomatoes and Slicing Tomato volumes are generally steady with varied volumes depending on the growing region. Markets will pick up in the coming weeks.
  • A couple new growing regions have come online for Watermelon production. Volumes have been steady to average, but pricing hasn’t changed much.