MARKET REPORT

February 28, 2019
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At a Glance…

Blister and peel continue to be significant in leafy greens. This is an industry-wide situation that will continue for at least two more weeks.

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Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Celery

Onions

Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Demand is picking up. Cold weather is slowing Mexico production and new Florida fields will not start for a few weeks. Overall quality is good. Pricing is expected to rise over the next two weeks.

Broccoli

Cold, wet weather continues to slow growth, resulting in a tighter market. Supply should improve when the weather warms up in Yuma. Quality is good with slight purpling, some mechanical damage, and occasional yellow cast.

Cauliflower

Demand exceeds supply. Colder weather in Yuma is slowing growth. Market will remain tight into next week. Overall quality is good with minor bruising and some yellow cast.

Celery

Demand exceeds supply and escalated pricing remains in effect. Rain and cool temperatures continue to impact Oxnard/Santa Maria crop growth. Yuma has minimal production. Quality issues include leafy tops, insect damage, pith and bowing. Availability will be light for at least two more weeks.

Onions

White onions have limited supply and fair quality. Mexico supplies have started to cross into Texas. Overall quality is good.

Lettuce

Demand exceeds supply. Cold temperatures and rain have stopped the growth of this commodity. Demand is very strong. Production is gapping with all suppliers. This industry-wide supply situation will continue for at least two more weeks. Quality is fair, with significant issues with blister and peel, along with mechanical damage, light weights, misshapen heads, and puffiness.

Tomatoes

Florida growers are nearing the end of their winter crops and spring harvests are a week or so away. As winter plants reach the end of their life cycle, blooms slow down and there is less large fruit available. Roma volumes have improved.

Romaine

Blister and peel continue to be an industry-wide issue. Crops in the field have been impacted by past rains and cold weather. Additional quality issues include mechanical damage, ribbiness, insect damage and discoloration. Growers are attempting to clean up the product before shipping but only so much can be done. Quality will remain rough for the next few weeks.

Apples

Demand is moderate with steady pricing across all varieties. Quality overall is still being reported as good.