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Market Report For Week of November 4th

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

 

  • The Apple market is steady this week. New crop Washington Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious Apples are available. New crop Washington Fuji stocks are limited. Quality is excellent. Locally we have Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Stayman, Granny Smith, and a limited amount of Local Pink Lady Apples. Call your account manager to reserve your case.
  • The Asparagus market remains steady this week. Volumes are steadily increase. We’re seeing good demand and good quality. Expect the market to increase based on quality and availability.
  • Avocado markets are steady. Supply is good and still trending towards smaller fruit. The rains over the last week helped to clean up the market and left fruit on the trees a little longer, which could help with the sizing.
  • MARKET ALERT: Blackberries are extremely tight supplies & quality challenges continue. Rains in South America impacted supplies and quality. Production out of CA is winding down & limited. Growers are not expecting to recover for the next 2 / 4 weeks. Blueberry market pricing is trending down a bit this week. Supplies and quality are good currently. Product is coming multiple growing regions. The Raspberry market is steady this week. Product availability is increasing, and quality is improving.
  • ALERT! Broccoli Crown supplies have improved this week. Good to fair quality is being reported at this time. Growers are starting to see better quality at the time of harvest. There is a recall on Broccoli Florets from Mann’s Packing – and this brand only. This will put pressure on other grower shippers to fill demand.
  • The Brussels Sprout market remains steady this week. Good supplies and fair quality are being reported. The market is expected to remain steady going into next week.
  • Cauliflower supplies have improved this week. Good to fair quality is being reported at this time. Growers are getting better quality and better yields at the time of harvest. Pricing is back to normal.
  • ALERT! Melon production in CA has basically concluded for the season & growers have already started transitioning to AZ. This region has been battling rain, hail, field disease, etc. and are experiencing horrible yields so far on both Cantaloupe & Honeydew. Larger fruit is fetching a premium currently as weaker fields are producing smaller fruit.
  • With cooler temperatures Carrot quality is improving. Supply is steady.
  • Celery supplies are slightly lighter this week. Quality is being reported as fair to good. Other markets are just getting started. Expect market to be steady going into next week.
  • Corn is steady this week with good production. The West has plenty of White Corn while the Southeast has good numbers on Yellow Corn.
  • Cucumbers have had lower production this week. Supplies from the Southeast are tighter as a result of the recent heat. Farther South harvests are slowly starting.
  • Supplies on Eggplant is steady out of the East and West. Production is coming from multiple regions with no quality issues being reported.
  • Overall the Seedless Grape market is steady with only a few bad arrivals starting to pop up on weaker fruit. Red Seedless are plentiful. Green Seedless harvests will be ending harvest the first two weeks of November. The current market pricing will continue to rise into November. Black Seedless Grapes are steady.
  • Green Beans are being harvested from the South, but some growers are having issues during the growing cycle due to heat. There are few quality concerns as they near the end of the season. Recent rains have also kept them out of the fields, so volume is light this week. This should improve next week. A few farms in other growing regions have started up with more to come. Out west supplies are on the increase & should have good numbers for the next few weeks. The desert is up & running in a limited way and should see steady supplies for the next few weeks.
  • ALERT! Chervil & Tarragon are limited this week due to quality issues. All other herbs are expected to remain steady with good quality.
  • ALERT! Cilantro supplies continue to be limited this week; markets continue to be escalated. While some fields are experiencing the end of their growing season, a transition is taking place to new fields. Expect markets to be limited for the next few weeks.
  • Iceberg Supplies are better this week with a new growing region starting up in CA. This has improved supplies & created a more stable market.
  • ALERT! Romaine supplies have improved slightly this week, but prices remain escalated in this market. (Alert includes romaine hearts, chopped romaine, & salad blends)
  • Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce supplies remain light this week. Red leaf is better this week & market remains steady. Quality is being reported as fair. Still reports of some fringe/ wind burn on the outer leaves. The markets are expected to be steady to higher going into next week.
  • The Kale market remains steady. Volumes are slightly lower this week. Good quality has been reported by multiple growers. Expect the market to remain steady going into next week.
  • Good supplies on Arugula at this time. Production has normalized as the weather has improved. Production will start transiting to new growing areas around the middle to late part of November.
  • The Lime market remains pretty steady from last week. Pricing on smaller fruit is back up and we’re seeing good demand. Quality is being reported as fair to good. Lemons are steady this week. Supplies are improving and prices are coming down a bit. Smaller fruit is more plentiful. No quality issues have been reported.
  • There are good supplies on Onions along with good demand. There is some concern with regard to the recent weather events. They did have to stop harvest since the onions sit on top of the ground and can’t be harvested or stored in damp / rainy conditions. Currently markets remain stable and competitive. Super Colossal, Colossal, Jumbos have good supplies available. Red Onions and White Onions are also available. The Green Onion market remains steady this week. Eastern production is slowing down. Supplies from the South remain light. Quality is good. Expect the markets to remain steady, until the eastern growing areas get their first freeze.
  • The Orange market remains steady this week. Valencia Oranges are finishing up and CA navels have started. Volumes should start to pick up going into next week. Quality is good.
  • Green Pepper pricing is still elevated in the West while peppers out of the East are more reasonable regarding quality and pricing. Red Pepper pricing is still elevated at this time too. Production has failed to pick up to date. Yellow Peppers are steady. Chili Pepper supplies out of the East are steady, with good quality. Supplies out of the west are a bit lighter this week due to higher demand. Expect the market to go up a bit going into next week due to lighter supplies.
  • Pineapple volumes are expected to improve along with demand in order to cover our Thanksgiving pull. We are expecting volumes to remain healthy until the end of the year with the fruit trending large.
  • EXTREME ALERT! During the week of October the 7th, Idaho experienced an extended stretch of freezing temps that had a significant impact on the Potato crops. Production is being estimated at about 20% crop loss, on top of already being affected with lower yields and minimal size. Grower/ shippers are doing what they can to ensure supply through next August. If they keep shipping at the current rate there is no way we’d make it into summer. By reducing production now, they’re trying to stretch what they have. There will be more to come on this in the coming days & weeks. This kind of growing season hasn’t occurred since 1985. If customers can be flexible on sizing it will help ensure potatoes stay on the table year round.
  • Good production out of the East and West on both Yellow Squash and Zucchini. Supplies are coming from multiple regions. Harvesting from the South is just around the corner.
  • ALERT! Strawberry supplies will remain tighter than usual this week due to high winds and fires throughout California. Growers are still challenged with quality and smaller than usual size fruit from the excess heat last week. The South is crossing fruit, but supplies have been hampered by all the rain that they’ve experienced over the month.
  • Round Slicing Tomatoes and Roma Tomato prices continue to be elevated this week due to tight supplies. Product is tight out of the West. Production in the East is moving south. Bad weather from about 4 weeks ago slowed down production a bit. Grape Tomato volumes have picked up in FL this week as several growers experienced a mini flush due to heat bringing the fruit on sooner than planned. Quality has been very nice.
  • ALERT! Snow Peas and Sugar Snap Pea volumes remain limited due to the consistent battle with rain in the growing regions. Market is steadily rising. Expect escalated pricing.