MARKET REPORT

January 17, 2020
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At a Glance…

The weather in Yuma is expected to improve this weekend and into next week. Warmer temperatures are needed to push some volume in iceberg and tender leaf products. The markets continue to fluctuate on broccoli, cauliflower, and iceberg in the short term.

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Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Celery

Onions

Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Cooler Florida weather has impacted the harvest and sizing on peppers. Demand has outweighed supply and the markets reacted this week. Product has been short with varying quality across the shippers.

Broccoli

Cooler weather has caused pro-rates among shippers. Elevated pricing remains as the demand outweighs the supply. Purpling continues to be the most common defect. Expect elevated markets into next week.

Cauliflower

Demand outweighs supply. Cooler weather has impacted the growth here. Yellowing exists on some of the product being shipped. Expect higher markets into February.

Celery

Sizing can be difficult with some shippers. Celery is available for shipment with some pith being reported. Cooler weather has impacted the crop, but still meeting demand.

Onions

No problems here. Shippers have good quality product available along with a nice size spectrum.

Lettuce

Tight market on iceberg. The available supply is not meeting demand. Shippers are reporting heavy mildew and some epidermal peel. Expect this market to stay tight into next week. Growers are hoping the improved weather will start to push the weights.

Tomatoes

Demand outweighs supply. Mexico is still not shipping volume which continues to put pressure on the Florida crop. Florida has been cooler and the product is taking a couple extra days for color. Cool weather has impacted the harvest and overall supply available. Expect higher markets into February.

Romaine

The outer leaves have to be removed to drop the mildew and e-peel in these leaves. The product is not committed to a heart and you will not see the nice color variation. Weights continue to be below average. Growers are hoping the warm weather will add some volume to the product.

Apples

No problems here from either the west or the eastern apples. Good variety and sizing available. The quality remains above average shipping from both locations.