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Market Report for Week of September 2nd

By on Sep 4, 2019 in MARKET REPORT | 0 comments

  • Washington State Apples are beginning to harvest. New crop Gala are plentiful with Honeycrisp beginning in a small way. Golden Delicious will begin packing this week. We also now have Local Gala Apples from Dickie Brothers Orchard in stock ready to ship.
  •  ALERT! The Asparagus market remains very active due to limited volume, especially on the larger sizes. Quality is just fair due to the erratic weather. Expect improvements in the next few weeks, if the weather cooperates.
  •  Hass Avocado markets are weaker on larger sizes & steady on smaller sizes. Mexico supplies should be steady for the next few weeks. There could be some extra demand on Mexican fruit as other import markets finish up their season.
  •  Blueberries are still available in multiple areas including the West Coast, Pacific North West, and Northern growing areas. Import supplies are slowly increasing which has helped the market stay active. Production on Blackberries is higher than in previous weeks. Yields are good out West with better import numbers. Expect this trend to continue into next week. Raspberry availability has improved in the last few days. The market is holding steady. Expect supplies to continue to improve as imports pick up in the coming weeks. The Strawberry market is working up as the yields drop gradually out West. The new crop fruit is just starting and supplies will not be enough to counter the lower numbers coming out of the North. The market should remain strong moving out of the holiday weekend. Look for more new crop berries to become available by the end of September.
  •  Supplies are down this week on Broccoli. With schools back in session, processors and distributors are ordering more product. Good quality has been reported at this time. Good supplies continue this week on Cauliflower. Markets are expected to be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported by multiple growers.
  •  ALERT! Brussels Sprouts supplies continue to be very limited this week. Harvest yields are coming in lower than expected. Markets are expected to be higher going into next week. Some growers are reporting some quality issues.
  •  Increased demand approaching the holiday weekend helped to stabilize and push up the Cantaloupe market the end of last week. We have seen a dramatic shift in sizing leaving smaller sized fruit more limited. Quality remains at optimum levels on the cantaloupe right now. Honeydew production has dropped off the past few days as new fields are late in starting to harvest. Anticipate limited production with mostly larger sizes being available over the next week. Quality has been very good with brix levels mostly in the 12-14% range.
  •  ALERT! Jumbo Carrots are limited. If product from the valley does not size up the market could see higher pricing and some gaps in availability for an extended amount of time.
  •  Celery supplies continue to be good going into this week. Markets are expected to be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported by multiple growers.
  •  Corn supplies are picking up out of the West. The market out of the East is holding firm. Expect prices to decline after the Labor Day holiday. Availability should pick up after the holiday demand passes.
  •  Availability has gotten tighter this week on Cucumber Selects. Multiple growing regions are all shipping but none are in peak production. Most growers have hit a slight gap in production due to planting schedules. New fields will be ready for harvest next week. The Western market has stabilized & is expected to remain steady throughout the week.
  •  Eggplant is in peak season with supplies coming from multiple growing areas with good quality.
  •  Green Bean supplies are good in the East but limited in the West. Plenty of regions in the East have beans available with good quality. Expect better supplies in a few weeks.
  •  ALERT! Cilantro remains limited this week, but the market has started to come down a bit due to better supplies. Expect the market to adjust over the next few weeks. Chervil is starting to come back in very limited supply. The heat wave of the past several weeks is what caused the shortage, but cooler weather is entering the growing region for this very sensitive herb. All other herbs are steady with good quality.
  •  ALERT! Iceberg supplies are light this week. There is a big demand from processors and distributors with schools starting up. Expect markets to be steady going into next week. Good quality has been reported at this time.
  •  ALERT! Demand on Romaine Lettuce and Romaine Hearts has continued to strengthen. Processors are pulling more volume with schools starting up. Industry supplies are trending lower than normal for this time of year. Good quality has been reported, but some reports of fringe, wind burn, & light twist.
  •  Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce has very good supply levels. Markets are expected to remain steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported at this time.
  •  Steady supplies this week on green Kale. Markets should be steady going into next week. Good quality is being reported by multiple growers.
  •  ALERT! : Due to ongoing weather conditions the Lime crop along the Eastern part of Mexico (Gulf of Mexico) has been drastically affected by the prolonged drought over the past months. In general, supplies are extremely tight, & we anticipate it may continue for the next 4-6 weeks approximately. Larger sizes are extremely short, & demand is affecting the smaller sizes as well. We are also seeing some quality and supply issue. The Lemon market is lower to steady. Good supplies out of both the East & West coast with good demand across the board. Quality is good.
  •  The Onion market is steadily easing as volumes are increasing. Some growers are finishing up while other regions new crop is starting to ramp up volume. Sizing is peaking on mediums and jumbos. Expect pricing to start going down. Large onions are expected to remain higher priced as the NW crop is not able to keep up with demand. Quality has been very good.
  •  The markets for 88ct Oranges are steady. Prices for smaller fruit is up & supplies are tight due to schools being back in session. Expect domestic small fruit to remain tight. No quality issues have been reported.
  •  Bartlett Pears are now available with sizes peaking on 100/110/120ct. California Anjou’s are still available – there will be no gap between CA and New Crop. New crop Washington D’Anjou harvesting will begin in September. Quality is excellent.
  •  ALERT! Red & Yellow Bell Peppers supplies continue to be limited & pricing remains elevated this week in both regions. Markets are steady. Red pepper supplies have improved a bit, but pricing remains elevated. Yellow pepper supplies remain limited. Overall quality is reported as good. Green Bell Pepper supplies continue to improve in all growing regions. Production is picking up in CA growing area. Quality is fair due to the mixture of old and new crop.
  •  Pineapple supplies are expected to remain low at least until mid-September. Sizing trend is moving slowly towards larger sizes which will help with 5ct and 6ct availability. Quality is pretty good and expected to remain good thru the end of the year.
  •  ALERT! The Potato market is steady to high this week. Larger sizes remain extremely limited, especially in the Pacific NW. We are now into the new crop. Quality is good with size profile leaning to 80ct & smaller. Warm temperatures in Idaho may help production still left in the ground size up better, but we will have a better outlook once harvest is complete around the second week of October. New crop should begin in late-September. Expect the market to remain high and tight for the next few weeks.
  •  ALERT! Sweet Potato Yams– The market is steady, the new crop is being harvested. The pipeline is dry and needs to be filled, but most of it is uncured and light on sugar. Supplies remain tight, expect improvements by mid-September. Quality is otherwise good.
  •  Yellow Squash and Zucchini supplies are a bit lower this week. Cooler temps in the mid-west have slowed production. These regions are in a downward production cycle. However, many other areas have product to ship, but supply and plantings are just light to moderate. CA is experiencing a slight uptick in volume as they move into their last fields. Quality is varies on growing region, but mostly good.
  •  Weather conditions in the East continue to disrupt Tomato supplies. Hurricane Dorian is forecasted to hit FL this week. Production coming out of North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee may also be affected. Markets are higher due to various gaps in production from excess heat. Product out of CA is still tight. The newly agreed suspension agreement draft has eased concerns of a shortage of tomatoes coming from Mexico helping to steady supply as growers in Mexico continue to work through the transition and recent rains.
  •  Seedless Watermelon supplies remain limited in all areas of the country. This past week movement mostly holding steady during a time of year when it’s typically trending down. This means closing most of the gap that we have seen for the past couple of months, and while prices did dip ever so slightly for the second straight week, they still continue to sit well above past years.