PRODUCE TRENDS - SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
pricing trends are based on USDA data as of September
The market on
russets is down this week out of all growing regions. Norkotahs out of Idaho
are down on 70 count, 90 count and 6 oz. Norkotahs
out of Washington/Oregon are also down. There is
moderate supply and good demand reported. Quality will
vary by growing region and sizing.
The red potato
market is mixed this week. Product out of Minnesota is down, with
moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Wisconsin is steady,
with moderate supply and lighter demand.
potato market out of Florida
is steady with moderate supply, good quality, and good demand reported.
FROZEN POTATO PRICE INCREASES
All four of our
major frozen potato suppliers have announced a price increase to commence in
either September or October. According to one of our
suppliers, “Along with the frozen potato market, we are experiencing
accelerating input cost inflation related to raw potatoes, labor and benefits,
packaging and fuel, as well as increases in inbound transportation and
warehousing costs. We expect our manufacturing and
supply chain costs to continue to rise in the near term.”
Price increases will vary across sweet potato fries, line
flow potato products, fried appetizers, and frozen fried potato
market is up this week. Demand has dropped, but good
quality has been reported.
The green leaf
market is flat this week. Green leaf fields are
producing strong yields. There is occasional irregular
sizing and fringe/wind burn. Demand is
reported as constant, while market pricing is reported as steady.
market is up this week, with supplies as expected for this time of year. Expect to see mildew and tip burn on the outer leaves.
market is up, as supplies are reported to have decreased and quality is
questionable. There will be some quality challenges
with oxidation, high core, and rib blight.
Domestic garlic is
steady, but supply is on the lighter side this week, with moderate demand and
fair quality reported. Our suppliers can fill normal
size orders, but cuts could happen beyond average orders.
The jumbo yellow
onion market is mixed this week. Product out of
Washington/Oregon is down, while product out of Idaho is up. There
is moderate supply and good demand reported. Quality
will vary by growing region.
No issues to
report on mushrooms coming off the East Coast, with good supply, demand, and
quality being reported. Supply and quality continue to
be an issue for mushrooms coming off the West Coast.
market is down this week out of all growing regions. Product
out of Oxnard, California
and Central Coast, California is down on 30’s and on
60’s, with moderate supply and light demand reported. Domestic
product is showing a wide range in quality. Product
out of Mexico
is down on 60’s, with moderate supply and demand reported.
are mixed for the week. Mexico is seeing mixed pricing,
depending on the size and grade. Some sizes are
tighter, so prices are up while other sizes are dropping in price due to size. The East is seeing price drops in Michigan
and New York, with Georgia just starting to report
market is up this week. Quality is generally good,
while demand remains low, according to recent reports.
prices are steady to down for the week. Supplies in
the East are seeing good volumes in their growing areas. Quality
is fair, with the biggest issue being wind scarring.
are steady to down for the week. Both growing regions
are seeing good harvests, which analysts believe is allowing prices to fall a
little bit, depending on the size or grade. Quality is
good on zucchini.
The green bean
market is mixed this week. Imported haricot verts are up, with lighter supply and good demand reported. Machine-picked product out of New York is down, with moderate supply and
lighter demand reported.
pepper prices are steady to down for the week. The
West and East pricing will vary on size and grade, with some sizes going down
while the rest are steady. Quality continues to be
Red bell peppers
are steady to down for week. Volumes have improved,
which analysts believe is allowing field and hothouse prices to drop. Quality is good for the time being.
are steady to down for the week. The East continues to
see lighter harvests due to record temperatures hitting the growing regions. The West continues to be supplied by California
for the time being. Quality is poor to fair, with softness
being the main issue due to high temperatures.
are down in price for the week. Supplies continue to
be light out of the East, with Mexico
helping with inventory issues. The West continues to
see supplies from California and Mexico. Quality is best in Mexico right now, with fair product
in the rest of the growing areas.
are steady to down for the week. Both Mexico and Virginia are seeing price decreases for the
week. Quality is a mix of fair and good for the time
prices are down for the week. Supply has slightly
improved in both the East and West. Analysts believe
quality has played a part in pricing, with low-quality product seeing a larger
price drop. Quality for now is a mix of fair and good.
The jumbo carrot
market is mixed this week. Product out of California is up, with
moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Mexico
is down, with moderate supply, good demand, and a wide range in quality being reported.
The green onion
market is up this week out of all growing regions. Product
out of Mexico
is up on medium and on small, with moderate supply and good demand. Product out of South
Carolina is up, with lighter supply and good demand.
market is down this week, with supply around normal. Quality
remains stable, but may run into challenges with slight discoloration, and
bruising and/or cream color from exposure to warm temps. Size
and texture is expected to be good.
The asparagus market
is down this week out of both growing regions. Product
out of Peru
is down, with moderate supply and demand reported. Product
out of Mexico
is down, with lighter supply and demand reported, and a wide range in quality.
market is up this week, with recent reporting indicating that supply is
expected to be short for the next two weeks. Demand
remains steady, while quality and condition continue to range widely. With the recent warm weather patterns, crops are
exhibiting slight to moderate percentages of brown beads, yellowing, and pin
APPLES AND PEARS
are steady this week out of Washington,
with moderate supply, good quality and good demand
The pear market
out of Washington
remains stable, with moderate supply, good quality and
lighter demand reported.
Lemon prices are
steady to up for the week. Summer crop has started to
wind down in California,
and is extremely tight on 140’s and larger sizes. Imported
product is seeing a price increase, as analysts believe that they help
alleviate the current domestic issues. New crops of
lemons have started to harvest in Arizona,
with peaking sizes closer to the 165-count range. Harvests
will continue to ramp up over the next month with the desert crop. Imported product out of Chile
is seeing a price increase for the week.
Lime prices are
steady to down. There are good volumes on 230’s
and 250’s, pushing pricing down fast. Analysts
believe that this in turn has dragged down the price of 200’s and
175’s. Larger-size limes continue to be
extremely tight right now, due to the weather issues this summer. Quality continues to be fair, due to the drought
are steady to up for the week. Analysts believe that
domestic product is expected to be flat week-over-week, while import prices are
on the rise. Valencia oranges are expected to
last through late October to early November. New Navel
crop is expected to start around that time, with peak sizes expected to be at
88/113/72 counts. The Valencia could be facing some
re-greening issues in the upcoming weeks, as the harvest starts to slow down.
market is flat this week. Strawberry quality is good
to fair. Weather conditions in the growing region have
been extremely hot, which is not ideal for berries. Due
to the weather conditions, expect to see some slight bruising and quality
issues. Due to warmer weather patterns, the fruit is
maturing more quickly than normal, which is resulting in smaller berries.
market is flat this week. Volume in Oregon is winding down, with organic
production out of the Northwest finished for the season. Overall,
movement has been slow, and the season is coming to an end soon, but quality
remains consistent. British Columbia is finished for the season. Mexico
is packing light volumes. They will continue packing
pints this week and next week.
The grape market
is steady to up this week. Red Seedless and Autumn
King out of both Kern District, California and San Joaquin Valley, California
are steady. Scarlett Royal out of Kern District is
steady on L-XL, while product out of San
is up on L-XL. There is moderate supply, good demand and good quality being reported.
are expected to remain low through at least mid-September. The
sizing trend is moving slowly toward larger sizes, which will help with 5 ct.
and 6 ct. availability. Quality is good.
continue to be steady. Conditions continue to be
stable with the inbound supplies for the summer months. Quality
continues to be good on all bananas.
are down for the week. 40’s and 48’s are
seeing good supplies, with smaller sizes being a little tighter. New crop is expected to start in the next few weeks, which
is expected to help supplies. #2 fruit continues to be
very tight, with pricing very close between #1 and #2.
market is up this week. The volume of jumbo 9 count is limited this week.
market is down this week. Demand is picking
up on honeydews, according to recent reports.