Market disruptions from the CDC Romaine advisory along with winter growing season experiencing cooler than normal temperatures have caused many items to be in very EXTREME markets. Broccoli, kale, iceberg, green leaf spring mix, arugula and spinach crops have slowed down with higher demand.
The field are experiencing lower yields, lighter weights, and poor quality.
Overall available volumes/yields are expected to be lower over the next couple of weeks with anticipated higher prices.
Strawberries – EXTREME.
Butternut Squash – a good buy.
Navel oranges – Domestic product in FL and TX are available, showing good quality.
Avocados – The industry has quickly replenished supply with record harvest over the last few weeks.
Bananas – Quality has come back in line with quality expectations for this time of year. Supplies are good and should remain steady for the remainder of the year.
Blueberries – Supplies are down and supplies are tight. Low volumes are expected for the next few weeks; but quality is good.
Lemons – New crop available in CA. Good quality, 200/165/235. Few Mexico lemons are available, diminishing quality.
Iceberg Lettuce – EXTREME…Prices are very high and shortages due to demand. This is a result of the Romaine advisory as well as weather related issues.
Cucumbers – Good supply this week and should be steady through next month. With both south and central Florida in production, cucumber supply and quality are a bright spot in the East this week. In the West, Baja is wrapping things up quickly.
Brussels Sprouts – Supplies are plentiful and quality is great.