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Produce Market Alerts:  as of May 8, 2024


Appples - Overall, the apple market is mostly stable, with a few varieties increasing in price. Galas and Golds continue to advance, while Fuji's and Pinks are no longer in a severe oversupply situation..

Asparagus – Peruvian supplies are improving this week, and the market is adjusting lower. Larger sizes such as XL's and Jumbo's still remain on the tighter side. Asparagus supplies in Washington are also good, and you should see some aggressive pricing after Mother's Day. It has been a slow start to Michigan asparagus season this week, but it should improve as we move into June. As Mexican supplies transition from Caborca to Southern Baja, they remain tight. Once Baja and Central Mexico get going, supplies should improve in Mexico in June.

Avocados – The market is getting slightly better on 60/70ct. Through the season, triggers may remain in play for 48ct. Peru is just around the corner, with fruit expected to arrive late-May/early-June. The size of the Peruvian fruit entering the US is expected to peak at 60/70ct; this is not normal for Peruvian fruit. Due to the high dry matter of Mexican fruit, ripening times remain short. California fruit is coming online in a light way with ripening time being longer due to lower dry matter

Bell Peppers – Spring crops have started in FL, and quality has improved. Jumbo sizes are peaking. The volume is moderate, but it will increase in 2 weeks once Georgia gets started. As the season ends, MX supply/quality is diminishing, most have now moved to Coachella on greens, and reds will start soon. Due to Canada's full production, the colored pepper market remains low.

Berries (Blackberries) – We are seeing better supplies, which will increase in late May. The product is being transferred to the West Coast Distribution points after crossing into the US.

Berries (Blueberries) – There are multiple growing regions available, including the California Central Valley, Mexican transfers, and Peruvian imports. Volume deals are being offered. Florida local product is offering good numbers. Georgia's product is also being offered out of Dover, FL. The product is crossing into the US for transfer to the West Coast Distribution points.

Berries (Raspberries) – In California, most of the numbers are coming from Mexico and Baja. We are still waiting for warmer weather to bring on California products. Supply is expected to increase in late May. The product is crossing into the US for transfer to the West Coast Distribution points.

Berries (Strawberries) – A large volume of goods was shipped to freezers or juices by many shippers. Oxnard has been completed, and markets are reacting positively. Salinas, Watsonville, and Santa Maria are still going strong. Due to lower yields, most shippers are back on top of their numbers and quoting sold out all weekend. Florida's local crop is finished, but California fruit has been transferred.

Broccoli – Salinas and Santa Maria continue to have good broccoli supplies and quality this week. The market is expected to remain steady over the weekend.

Brussels Sprouts – This week, Brussels sprout supplies and quality remain excellent. The market is expected to remain steady into next week.

Carrots – There is a steady market for whole carrots. Imperial Valley is now the main growing region. The Bakersfield area is next. The size looks good.

Cauliflower – The quality and supply of cauliflower are improving this week. The market is likely to trend downward heading into the weekend.

Celery – As we approach Mother's Day, this market remains firm. Currently, large sizing is the most readily available. Oxnard/Santa Maria will have enough supplies to meet demand. The market will ease after this week, but for now, most shippers are offering firm pricing. Quality continues to be strong, with only slight seeder reported. For the week, value-added items will continue to be escalated.

Citrus (Lemons) – Peak fruit sizes are 115ct and larger. Through the summer, 165ct and smaller sizes will remain extremely tight. District 1 (San Joaquin Valley) and District 2 (Oxnard/Ventura County) are both in play and peaking at larger fruit. The main region is Oxnard/Ventura County, with San Joaquin Valley winding down. 140ct through 200ct markets are strong and continue to rise.

Citrus (Limes)– The market is about steady. As the manifest continues to peak on small fruit 230/250, larger sizes 110/150 which are mostly from the old crop are more limited as well as having quality issues such as blanching/oil spotting, which further restricts availability. Markets will settle post Mother's Day, particularly on small fruit, and larger sizes will remain tight.

Citrus (Oranges) - With Navels coming to an end, Valencias will take over as the main variety within a few weeks. Valencia's crop will mirror Navel's. Fruit will peak at 72ct and larger; 88/113/138ct are extremely scarce and will remain so through Valencia season. Valencia's are currently grown primarily in Riverside, with the Central Valley expected to start mid/endMay. Navels have a good quality; Brix are in the 13-14 range. The Valencias are in the 12 range. The season is nearly over in Florida as they struggle with regreening.

Cucumbers – There is light demand, good availability out of Florida, McAllen, Nogales, and Baja is just getting started. Next week, Georgia will also have cucumbers. Over the next few weeks, expect good to strong supplies across multiple regions.

Eggplant – June's eastern supply shows potential for growth. Oversupply persists in Western markets despite a slight recovery. As fields approach their final harvests, eggplants will be smaller in size. With Georgia and Florida fields still ramping up production, it is difficult to obtain high-quality Grade 1 eggplants in the East.

Garlic - Garlic supplies domestically remain tight. In recent months, South America has seen a good harvest of Argentinian garlic. The overall supply gap will not be filled by this, however. Over the next few months, the garlic market is expected to become more volatile and tight.

Grapes (Green) – On both coasts, green grapes are mostly steady. There are some lots in the east showing more color. In about two weeks, Mexico should begin production.

Grapes (Red) – On both coasts, red grapes are slightly lower. The quality is good. This market will most likely go back up in the next two weeks. In about three weeks, Mexican red grapes will cross in Nogales.

Green Onions – The quality of green onions continues to improve this week. Next week, supplies should be good.

Kale – This week, kale supplies are expected to be plentiful and of good quality. Now is an opportunity to promote kale.

Lettuce (Iceberg) – As a result of the holiday push, there is a low availability of this commodity to begin the week. Salinas continues to be the primary location for production, though Santa Maria is also an option. Cool weather has slowed production, but warmer temperatures are expected the following week, which may increase production. Valueadded items will be escalated throughout the week. Lightweights, discolorations, and misshapen heads are common defects. It is expected that supplies in northern and southern California will be better after this week.

Lettuce Leaf – The supply of romaine and green and red leaf will be limited throughout the week. You can also expect a very limited supply of romaine hearts. Value-added romaine and green leaf items will be escalated. The most common defects reported are discoloration, brown butts, lightweights, twisting, and small bunches. There have also been reports of fringe and tip burns. In the next few weeks, the quality should be fair, then new fields will be harvested.

Lettuce Tender Leaf – The availability of tender leaf items such as cilantro and Italian parsley will be limited in the next few weeks. In light of all the rains and excessive moisture, Quality is battling bacterial spotting. For the next few weeks, these markets will remain tight.

Melons (Cantaloupe) – Retail promotions are keeping demand strong, and offshore has excellent quality. There are deals available on offshore Cant 12s as suppliers try to close the offshore deal. Mexican cantaloupes are available this week, and growers are monitoring quality levels. Distributors are working on Memorial Day deals for specialty varieties starting 5/13.

Melons (Honeydew) – Supply of honeydews has increased, and the market has been strong. Dews from offshore remain higher in quality and peak at larger sizes. Smaller sizes of Mexican Honeydews are in high demand from Nogales in volume deals.

Melons (Watermelon) – With additional suppliers coming from Nogales, the watermelon market has normalized. Limited watermelons are being offered from Florida, and there are restrictions on where they can be shipped. Florida has delayed production due to lower yields caused by harvest issues.

Mushrooms - Supply and availability are excellent.

Onions – The supply of red onions is limited and pricing is higher. As the California harvest ramps up, expect supplies to improve. Yellows and whites are steady to lower.

Pears - As D'Anjou supplies dwindle, the market remains firm. In June, most shippers expect to finish shipping for the year. The new crop of California Bartletts will begin south of Sacramento in the second week of July.

Pineapples – There are limited opportunities for spot market trading as suppliers focus on their contracts. Tropical weather has caused fruit to mature faster than normal, resulting in lower yields. It is expected to last until Memorial Day. Affected pineapples are 6ct crowned and 7ct crownless.

Potatoes – 40 - 60 CT are higher. Excellent availability on 70 - 120 CT and 6 oz #2s.

Squash – There are good supplies available in several areas. Nogales is still connected to Florida, and there is overlap with newer areas in California and Georgia as well. Over the next few weeks, you can expect good quality and supply.

Stone Fruit – The domestic stone fruit season has begun. We are currently shipping peaches, nectarines, apricots, and cherries. About three weeks from now, plums will begin to appear. The Chilean Kiwi market is slightly lower on good volume.

Tomatoes – As we've seen a slight increase in production, markets are steady to slightly lower. Quality is generally good in FL, with crown picks yielding big sizes in the Ruskin Palmetto area. Sinaloa is still rolling out west, but they will finish in early June weather permitting. Baja has started in a light way where we will be seeing volume increase as more growers come online. Grape and cherry tomatoes are readily available.

Weather

CALIFORNIA 
A high pressure system remains over the area bringing near average temperatures along the coast and above average temperatures inland. It will be cool in the morning with lows in the upper 30s to low 50s, and hot in the daytime with highs in the mid 60s to low 80s. As the winds turn offshore Thursday, temperatures will rise further inland, reaching the low-upper 80s away from the coast. The offshore flow weakens over the weekend, allowing for some cooling, but temperatures remain in the low 60s to mid 80s.

MEXICO
Over a good portion of Central Mexico, daytime temperatures will be warm and mostly 90 degrees or higher. Through Sunday, temperatures will reach the low 90s to near 100 degrees. Throughout the weekend, lows will drop into the upper 50s to mid 60s. Several light showers may occur over the area, but most spots should remain dry.

FLORIDA
Through Thursday, it will be warm but mostly dry. Northern Florida can expect some showers and t-storms on Friday. There will be a greater amount of shower activity over the weekend, but it will still be isolated. Temperatures should trend cooler toward the weekend. Throughout much of Southern Florida, winds will gust near 25 mph.

ARIZONA
There will be increasing northerly winds today, with gusts of 20-25mph in the morning increasing to 30-38mph in the afternoon. Through Thursday, winds gradually decrease, becoming southwesterly by Friday. During a building ridge of high pressure, high temperatures will rise from mid 80s to low 90s by Wednesday and Thursday, to mid 90s to 101 by Sunday afternoon. Through Friday, morning lows will be in the upper 50s to low 60s, warming to the mid 60s by Sunday.

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