MARKET REPORT

August 10, 2018
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At a Glance…

Demand exceeds supply on iceberg lettuce, and escalated pricing is expected to continue for the next three weeks.

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Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Celery

Onions

Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Production has increased in Midwestern states this week thanks to clearer weather. Mid-Atlantic and northeastern states a harvesting steady supplies between rain showers. Demand has increased.

Broccoli

Market continues to be active on tighter supplies. Quality is fair with slight yellowing and some mechanical damage.

Cauliflower

Market is steady with good supplies out of Salinas and Santa Maria. Overall quality is good with little yellow cast to cream color and occasional bruising.

Celery

Demand has picked up, but supply is plentiful. Large sizing continues to have the best availability. Overall quality is good, with some reports of seeder, yellow leaves, and slightly brittle product.

Onions

Market is steady on all colors and sizes. California and New Mexico are close to wrapping up for the season. Idaho, Washington, Michigan and New York have started new crop. Quality is good.

Lettuce

Demand exceeds supply and escalated pricing is in effect. Expect lower field yields for the next three weeks. Quality issues continue, including internal burn, puffiness, mechanical damage, and some light weights.

Tomatoes

Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia farms continue to struggle with rainy weather, causing intermittent harvests and interrupted picking. Supply should improve as weather improved and fields dry out.

Romaine

Market is unchanged on steady supply. Heat-related quality issues continue, including fringe and tip burn, and insect damage.

Apples

Washington has started harvesting a few varieties with light volume. Supplies will increase as we head into September. Quality is good from all growing regions.