MARKET REPORT

November 16, 2018
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At a Glance…

Supplies of remaining Salinas commodities is tight and Yuma product development has been slow due to colder weather. Expect escalated pricing on multiple commodities into next week.

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Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Celery

Onions

Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Harvest is transitioning into Florida but shippers are struggling with light yields and small sizing. Supply will remain tight through next week. Overall quality is good.

Broccoli

Supplies have become tighter in the Salinas Valley and Santa Maria as we approach transition. Quality is fair with slight purpling, some mechanical damage, and occasional yellow cast. Supplies will remain tight into next week.

Cauliflower

Supplies are tight out of Salinas, and Yuma product development has been slow due to colder weather. Market will stay strong into next week. Overall quality is good with minor bruising and some yellow cast.

Celery

Supplies are extremely light, and market is active. Smaller sizing has the best availability. Slight bowing and seeder have been reported, but overall quality is good.

Onions

Demand is moderate with good supplies out of all areas. Quality is very good and quality issues are not expected through the Northwest season. Transportation is limited with high rates.

Lettuce

Production is coming out of Salinas, Yuma and Huron. Quality has been variable, with misshapen heads, growth crack, seeder, puffiness and insect damage reported. Demand has picked up and production will be moderate into next week.

Tomatoes

Palmetto/Ruskin is still the primary growing region, but the shortage of imports from Mexico is increasing demand for Florida product and driving up prices. Limited plantings of Romas in Florida, and reduced yields of grapes and Romas in Mexico, are resulting in escalated pricing.

Romaine

Demand exceeds supplies and escalated pricing is in effect. Availability is light and quality defects include twisting, mechanical damage, brittleness, cupping, insect damage, dehydration and light weights. Availability will remain light into next week.

Apples

Supplies of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are extremely limited. Supplies of smaller fruit are limited, with best availability on 88 count and larger. Quality is good.