MARKET REPORT

February 14, 2020
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At a Glance…

The Mexico crossings continue to be slow due to disease and recent cooler weather. Market pricing is reacting as there are problems with both the quality crossing and the quantity.

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Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Celery

Onions

Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Florida growers are starting some newer plantings and supply will become more consistent. Pricing has increased mainly due to the decreased supply coming out of Mexico.

Broccoli

The market stays steady with better yields and more supply. Cooler weather has caused some purpling and some occasional yellow cast. Broccoli market stays steady with the warmer weather in Yuma.

Cauliflower

The market is picking up on cauliflower due to the damage done by earlier colder weather. Yields are down, quality is fair and the weights are below average. The market will adjust when the warmer weather starts to impact supply.

Celery

All growing regions are in good supply and quality.

Onions

All regions are shipping good quality and supply.

Lettuce

Rain to start this week in Yuma and cooler weather is impacting the supply. Weights are lighter this week with misshapen heads, mildew pressure and growth cracks shipping from the desert. There is a wide range of quality available.

Tomatoes

Florida yields equal about 50% of the 2019 numbers. Cold weather and rains have impacted the supply. Mexico has been hit with the disease which slowed the crossings. the impact of the cooler temps is the coloring up of the tomato. there is inconsistent color and quality in the box.

Romaine

Lettuce ice has slowed the production this week. Harvest crews have been delayed until 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. waiting for the ice to melt. Longer impact will be blister and E-peel problems.

Apples

No problems shipping from any regions. Consistent supply and quality is available.