MARKET REPORT

February 24, 2017
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At a Glance…

Heavy rains in Santa Maria continue to hamper supplies and quality of broccoli and cauliflower.

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Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Celery

Onions

Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Supplies have improved this week, and market is steady on all grades and sizes. Quality continues to be good.

Broccoli

Limited supplies in Yuma and Mexico are causing market to increase. Rain in Santa Maria continues to hamper supplies and quality. Yellow to brown bead are showing up industry-wide. Santa Maria is also seeing pin rot and rain damage.

Cauliflower

Market is active due to 10-14 day supply gap in Yuma. Excessive rain in Santa Maria is causing bruising, black to brown spotting and yellow discoloration. This trend will continue into next week.

Celery

Market is active. Yuma production is moderate, and Oxnard and Santa Maria are being affected by heavy rains. Quality issues include waterlog and translucency, which can lead to pith and decay.

Onions

Supplies are good coming out of storage in Washington and Idaho. New crop is coming out of Mexico. Quality is reported as good.

Lettuce

Quality issues continue, including discoloration, pink ribbing, misshapen heads and mildew. Supplies have increased and market is steady.

Tomatoes

Mexico continues to supply heavy volumes of rounds and romas, trending towards larger sizes. Quality is good.

Romaine

Quality issues continue, including blister and peel, twisting and light fringe burn. Similar defects are being seen on all leafy greens.

Apples

Smaller sizes of Granny Smiths are still limited. New York and Michigan supplies of Empires and McIntosh are light.