MARKET REPORT

September 15, 2017
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At a Glance…

Florida’s tomato crops were severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. Expect short supplies in October and November, with very little product available in December.

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Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Supply is tightening due to cooler weather and seasonal wind down in Michigan, New Jersey and New England. Quality is good. Impact of recent storm remains to be seen in Florida.

Broccoli

Supplies are extremely limited due to high temperatures in the Salinas Valley and rain in Mexico growing regions. Heat in Salinas is causing brown bead, hollow core, yellowing and dehydration. Supplies will be limited for the next 2-3 weeks.

Cauliflower

Supply has not been as heavily impacted by the heat, and market is steady. Heat-related quality issues continue, including sun scald which looks like brown spotting, yellow to cream color, and yellowing at the base.

Celery

Market is stronger as hot temperatures have accelerated growth. Expect to see supply gaps in a few weeks. Slight bowing and seeder have been reported. Michigan has production as well.

Onions

Demand exceeds supply on Yellow Colossal and Super Colossal onions. Markets should stabilize as we head into next week. Quality is good.

Lettuce

Expect some smaller frame lettuce as harvesters are having to ball the product back to eliminate fringe burn, weak tip and split rib. The extreme heat spells have impacted the current crop both internally and externally. Shelf life is being impacted in a negative way.

Tomatoes

Quincy's crop will be reduced due to issues with white flies, yellow leaf curl, and rains from the storm. Palmetto estimates half of the crop was lost to the hurricane. Immokalee and Naples plantings were destroyed, and it will be late December before we see tomatoes out of this region. California crop may stretch through October. South Texas will go through December with light volume, and Baja will continue through October-November. Expect short supplies in October through November, with very little product available in December.

Romaine

Bracketing and seeder core is present throughout the valley. The hot temperatures have taken its toll. Weak outer leaves have to be removed to keep clean product in the bag. The cell structure on the outer leaves does not lend to shelf life. Removal of the outer leaves gives the romaine a lighter look regarding color, and the bracketing leads to more rib material being present. Shippers are holding to 10 week averages to close the potential gap that could impact supply towards transition.

Apples

California, Washington, Idaho, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York are packing multiple varieties. Quality is good.