PRODUCE TRENDS - SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

All produce pricing trends are based on USDA data as of September 17, 2019.

VEGETABLES

POTATOES

RUSSETS  

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.

REDS  

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.

YELLOWS  

The yellow 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 products.


CABBAGE

ROUND GREEN  

The cabbage market is up this week. Demand has dropped, but good quality has been reported.


LEAF LETTUCE

GREEN LEAF  

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.

ROMAINE  

The romaine 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.

ICEBERG LETTUCE  

The iceberg 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.

GARLIC  

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.

ONIONS  

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.

MUSHROOMS  

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.

CILANTRO  

The cilantro 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.

CUCUMBERS  

Cucumber prices 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 this week.


CELERY  

The celery market is up this week. Quality is generally good, while demand remains low, according to recent reports.

YELLOW SQUASH  

Yellow squash 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.

ZUCCHINI  

Zucchini prices 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.


GREEN BEANS  

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.


BELL PEPPERS

GREEN  

Green bell 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 strong.

RED  

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.


TOMATOES

ROUNDS  

Round tomatoes 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 and Mexico for the time being. Quality is poor to fair, with softness being the main issue due to high temperatures.

ROMAS  

Roma tomatoes 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.

CHERRY  

Cherry tomatoes 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 being.

GRAPE  

Grape tomato 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.


CARROTS  

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.

GREEN ONIONS  

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.

CAULIFLOWER  

The cauliflower 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.

ASPARAGUS  

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.

BROCCOLI  

The broccoli 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 rot.


HANGING FRUIT

APPLES AND PEARS

APPLES  

All varieties are steady this week out of Washington, with moderate supply, good quality and good demand reported.

PEARS  

The pear market out of Washington remains stable, with moderate supply, good quality and lighter demand reported.


CITRUS

LEMONS  

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 and Mexico is seeing a price increase for the week.

LIMES  

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 conditions.

ORANGES  

Orange prices 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.


BERRIES

STRAWBERRIES  

The strawberry 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.

BLUEBERRIES  

The blueberry 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.

GRAPES  

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 Joaquin Valley is up on L-XL. There is moderate supply, good demand and good quality being reported.


TROPICAL

PINEAPPLES  

Pineapple supplies 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.

BANANAS  

Banana prices 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.

AVOCADOS  

Avocado markets 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.

MELONS

CANTALOUPES 

The cantaloupe market is up this week. The volume of jumbo 9 count is limited this week.

HONEYDEWS 

The honeydew market is down this week. Demand is picking up on honeydews, according to recent reports.