MARKET REPORT

November 16, 2017
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At a Glance…

Extreme supply shortage on tomatoes is expected to continue into mid-December.

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Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Celery

Onions

Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Supplies are tight. Georgia has reduced yields and Florida volume will not pick up until after Thanksgiving. Supply gap is expected to continue into next week.

Broccoli

Supplies have increased and market is trending toward normal levels. Quality has improved from all regions, with bigger crown size, little dehydration, minimal yellowing, and improved weights.

Cauliflower

Supplies have increased and market is trending toward normal levels. Quality has improved. We are seeing sizing improvement with 9 count and 12 count being the majority of supplies.

Celery

Market is stronger, especially on large sizing. Supplies are moderate to light. Quality remains strong. Market is expected to increase in the coming week.

Onions

Markets are steady on all sizes and colors. Quality is good. Sizing is peaking on jumbos and smaller. Transportation remains limited in the northwest.

Lettuce

Huron will have production through this week. Quality issues include irregular size heads, mechanical damage, and ribbing. Yuma is in full production with minimal defects.

Tomatoes

Demand exceeds supply and escalated pricing is in effect. Florida yields are down due to Irma damage, with some fields producing only 30-40% of normal volumes. Growers are having to sort through remaining product to remove defects.

Romaine

Yuma production is increasing, and demand has been low. Quality is good, with some issues with mechanical and insect damage and ribbing reported.

Apples

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