MARKET REPORT

October 11, 2019
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At a Glance…

Industry wide shortages on lettuce, romaine, cauliflower and broccoli are impacting the supply chain. Markets are escalating due to product supply not meeting demand. Expect the supply shortages to continue for the next 3 weeks.

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Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Celery

Onions

Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Pepper supply out of Mexico is short this week. Georgia is starting with volume. California is also still harvesting product. Georgia quality is above average. Expect some pressure on suppliers until Mexico returns to normal volumes.

Broccoli

Broccoli supply is tight and the market continues to escalate. Quality is improving, but pin-rot and yellowing are still concerns for some shippers. Expect supply gaps for the next couple of weeks as the growing region prepares for a shift.

Cauliflower

Supplies are short this week. Expect this to follow the same timeline as broccoli.

Celery

There are some problems with sizing. Supply remains available with above average quality.

Onions

Pacific Northwest continues to ship fresh crop with above average quality.

Lettuce

Shortages will continue into transition. Some shippers will start Huron to bring additional supplies. Demand will still outweigh the available supply as the market pricing will reflect. Expect a bumpy ride for 3-4 weeks.

Tomatoes

Expect varying quality over the next couple weeks. Color has been a challenge along with soft spots.

Romaine

Supply will continue to be below budget for the next 3 weeks. Tip burn continues to be present and some fields have bolting. Recent changes in temperature and field yields will continue to cause shortages over the next 3-4 weeks.

Apples

New crop shipments are showing good quality. Expect this to continue as the eastern apples continue with good supply.