April 13 2017
April mix $10.95: Broccoli Buds,
Cauliflower Buds, Carrot Lrg Matchstick, Asparagus
1”, Pepper Red julienne
Apples/ Pears: Washington - Markets
are steady on most sizes and grades with light to moderate demand Red
Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Galas, and Fuji.
Pears - D'anjou pears are
peaking on 90's and larger. Moderate
supplies of 100/110s market steady. 120s
and smaller are limited and have a firm market.
Asparagus: Weather is very
warm in Caborca, and San Luis Mexico. Many shippers are starting to close fields,
and these two regions should be finished in the next 2 weeks. Gonzalez, CA is expecting rain for the next 2
days, but volume is still good from this region. Ica, and Trujillo, Peru
have just started, and volumes are starting increase with the weather being
perfect in both regions. Markets are
overall lower as all four regions are in production.
harvest last week dipped dramatically due to the short harvest week in lieu of
the Holy Week celebrations. Supplies for
this week have tightened. We are seeing
harvest resume this week with better volume returning for next week
inventories. Mexico expects to have good
supplies into May.
Berries: Strawberries- Strawberry supplies are
improving this week. Growers have
cleaned through their fields, dropped a lot of
rain-damaged fruit, and are finally turning the corner on supply and quality.
Raspberries – No changes in
Raspberry supplies this week. Mexico is our
primary source of Raspberries at this time and production numbers continue to
be down. Supplies are very limited and
demand is strong. Market prices are
higher and quality has been fair, but we are getting some reports of damage in
the fields, lowering yields.
Blackberries – Blackberry
supplies have started to level off with some shippers this week. Mexico continues to be the primary
source of production. Depending on the
shipper and their particular growing region, volumes differ from one to the
Blueberries- We are in the middle of transition this week and supplies
are tight. Most shippers are filling
orders with the last of their Chilean arrivals as we wait for domestic harvest
to pick up. Mexico continues with light
production, but volumes are decreasing. California (Santa Maria
and Oxnard) has
started with very light volumes this week, but is expected
to gradually improve over the next 2 weeks.
Broccoli and cauliflower: Broccoli-The
broccoli market varies from supplier to supplier. Supplies also vary within the industry. Yuma
for the most part is finished with harvesting besides for processing
purposes. The most competitive prices
are in Santa Maria
if you can take advantage with your transportation. Cauliflower- The
cauliflower market continues to find a level of consistency. Supplies have increased in the Salinas Valley
filling the void of Yuma
finishing its season. Santa Maria also has good supplies as
well. The quality is nice, as we have
started the Salinas
We are now in the late varieties of navels and eating quality is some of the
best of the season. Size structure
remains 72s/56s/48s. Small fruit
supplies are limited and pricing is starting to increase as availability
harvest looks the begin toward the end of April.
Good availability in both the Central Valley
and the Ventura/Oxnard areas. Central Valley
is peaking on 140s and larger sizes; heavier to fancy
grade. Ventura/Oxnard is peaking
140s/165s/200s: heavy to the choice grade.
Limes: Lime growers are just getting back to work
after the Easter holiday. Supplies are
expected to be limited until later in the week, as we wait for fruit to get packed and transferred across from Mexico. Demand continues to be strong and market
prices have been high and firm.
Lettuce: Yuma supplies are winding down and Huron
production has picked up. Demand overall
is off. This market is softer. Santa
Maria continues to have some availability if
needed. Light production will start this
week in Salinas
and better numbers are expected next week. The defects worth noting include puffiness, mechanical and a bit of ribbing, along with some
discoloration. Expect weights to average
41-46 pounds as an industry standard right now.
Currently shippers are flexing on this commodity for good volume type
Lettuce Leaf: Romaine as
well as green and red leaf is steady in the marketplace. Romaine hearts continue to be on escalated
pricing. Issues on this commodity
include blister and peel, discoloration, frost damage due to cold temperatures
in past weeks as well as small sizing.
Hearts are expected to pick up in quality next
week as new fields are expected to be ready to harvest.