MARKET REPORT

August 16, 2019
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At a Glance…

Romaine quality continues to be below average. Defects are present on arrival. Extra work is being done at the processing level to eliminate the defects in finished products. Field yields and processing yields are down this week. Look for supply to tighten up with recent weather impacts in Mexico and the additional business that back to school brings.

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Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Green bell pepper supply is getting better. Ohio and Michigan will be in their peak season over the next few weeks. Currently demand exceeds supply. Red bell peppers quality and supply is good.

Broccoli

Market continues to be steady. Supplies are good. Quality is good with slight purpling, some mechanical damage, and occasional yellow cast.

Cauliflower

Supplies are moderate. Overall quality is good with minor bruising and some yellow cast.

Celery

Celery supply is strong. Some quality issues we are seeing are insect damage and leafy tops.

Onions

Lower onion market. Yellow have started in the Northwest, Red onions steady supply. Quality is good.

Lettuce

Salt and pepper, and rib blight is noticeable in the iceberg lettuce. Field yields are below average this week with available pounds per acre being below schedule. Additional demand from back to school business is also playing part in tight suppliers.

Tomatoes

The California heat has had an impact on overall quality and supply. Shelf life concerns are the result. Supply is tight due to the supply that has been walked by due to quality.

Romaine

Seeder cores are present in the romaine. Weak leaves are present from most growing regions. The impact of the hail storm in Mexico has pushed the additional demand to domestic romaine. The availability is tight with yields being down as well as back to school demand. Expect this market to continue to be tight, as shippers get through marginal quality product. Yields are below average for both the harvest and processing levels.

Apples

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