MARKET REPORT

January 17, 2019
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At a Glance…

Recent freezing temperatures followed by rain in Yuma is impacting quality and yields on multiple commodities, including leafy greens.

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Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Celery

Onions

Lettuce

Romaine

Tomatoes - West

Tomatoes - East

Sourcing Update:

Bell Peppers

Supply remains tight on the east coast, and improvement is not expected for a few more weeks. South Florida is the main growing region, and past storm winds have reduced yields and impacted quality.

Broccoli

Market remains tight due to cold, wet weather. Quality issues include slight purpling, some mechanical damage and occasional yellow cast. Supplies will remain tight into next week.

Cauliflower

Demand exceeds supply. Supplies have been impacted by freeze and rain in Yuma. Quality is fair with minor bruising and some yellow cast. Market will remain strong into next week.

Celery

Demand exceeds supplies and escalated pricing is in effect. Production is light in Yuma and moderate in southern California. Quality issues include bowing, leafy tops, mechanical and insect damage. Past freezing temperatures followed by rain have impacted yields.

Onions

Market remains active on all sizes of yellow onion. Red onions are steady on fair demand. Demand exceeds supply on white onions out of all shipping points. Quality is good.

Lettuce

Supplies are light to moderate. Recent freezing temps followed by rain have impacted quality, including puffiness, mechanical damage, blister and peel, and some mildew. Quality may be impacted for the next 2-3 weeks.

Tomatoes

Naples/Immokalee growing districts are the main eastern growing region. Cool weather and rain are restricting size and maturity of fruit. Harvests remain lighter than expected.

Romaine

Past freezing temperatures followed by rain in Yuma has resulted in defects including blister and peel, mildew, mechanical damage and twisting. Industry-wide quality issues are expect to continue for the next few weeks.

Apples

Granny Smith and Golden Delicious 100-138 are in a demand exceeds supply situation which will continue to the end of their season. Supplies and quality on most other varieties are good.