This Week’s Highlights – December 10,2018

  • 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.

This Week’s Highlights – November 26, 2018

  • 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.

This Week’s Highlights – November 5, 2018

  • Avocado – A strike in Mexico has stopped harvest this week. Supplies will be extremely short.
  • Corn – Supplies extremely short to nonexistent as GA’s crop was severly damaged by Hurricane Michael, with 95% of the corp lost.
  • Mushrooms – Supplies expected to be short through the rest of the year due to strong retail demand.
  • Onions – Green – The market is active due to limited supply and strong demand.
  • Potatoes – Sweet – Demand is strong as we head into the Thanksgiving pull.

This Week’s Highlights – October 29, 2018

  • Pears – A new crop is available and great supply and quality.
  • Honey Crisp Apples – Great supply and excellent quality.
  • Pomegranates – Officially in season with solid quality and a great taste profile.
  • Tomatoes – East: The market will remain strong until Central FL is ready for harvest – 2-3 weeks.  West: Demand and markets will remain strong until new volume is available (Hurricane Michael).
  • Asparagus – Steady supply and good quality.

This Week’s Highlights – October 8, 2018

  • Artichokes – Quality is excellent and demand is good.
  • Yellow Pepper – Supplies and quality are excellent.
  • Cantaloupe – Poor weather has hit California and Arizona, which will affect supply as we prepare for transition from the Central Valley to the Desert.  Expect a very unstable market through November.
  • Herbs – We are still in transition from California to Mexico for the next two week. Because of the transition, supplies may be limited on basil as logistics get settled in the the winter.
  • Cabbage -Red & Green – The cabbage market has firmed up as supplies have become critically short in the West causing escalation of pricing for the entire category.