December 14th, 2023 Market Report
Lettuce markets are steady. Currently, supplies exceed demand. Quality is good.
Romaine markets are steady. Quality is good.
Romaine Heart markets are steady. Quality is good.
Green and Red Leaf markets are steady. Quality is good.
Lettuce Tender Leaf:
Parsley, Cilantro, & Arugula are steady with good quality. We are seeing wet/decayed leaves in Spring Mix, Arcadian, and Spinach.
Markets are steady. The supply of broccoli continues to improve. Quality is good.
Markets are active and gapping in Yuma for the next two weeks. Quality is fair to good.
Cello markets are slightly up out West. Canadian carrots remain strong and appear to be getting stronger. Quality is good.
Loose market is steady. Quality is good.
Value-add Snack Carrots are steady. Quality is good.
Markets are active. There has been a tightening of supplies with multiple shippers. Quality is good.
Strawberries & Bush Berries:
Strawberry markets are active. Light but steady numbers of fruit are crossing into the U.S. daily. Due to the current West Coast shortage, prices are firm. Santa Maria is nearly finished and producing mediocre quality. Oxnard has limited numbers due to colder weather, but the quality of most lots is good. Growers are seeing slightly higher yields than previously anticipated, however strong retail ad business is soaking up much of the additional volume being harvested in Dover, FL. Quality is fair to good.
Raspberry markets are up. In Central Mexico, cooler temperatures are slowing the maturation rate. San Diego is experiencing light but steady crossings from Baja. Fruit coming to the border is mostly transferred West to Santa Maria and Oxnard for consolidation. There is very little fruit available for FOB business in McAllen, TX. Quality is fair.
Blueberries markets are up. There is a rapid decline in Peruvian imports as they move into a planting gap. The Chilean product is behind schedule, resulting in very few containers being offloaded at the ports. The product is transferred to Oxnard and Santa Maria Peru’s imports are declining rapidly as they move into a planting gap. The Chilean product is a week or two behind schedule, resulting in very few containers being offloaded at the ports. Cool temperatures are slowing the maturation rates at the field level in Central Mexico. Quality is fair.
Blackberries markets are up. Recent rains and cooler weather have hampered harvests and reduced yields in CMEX. Shippers will only cover contracts and turn away new business. Until the end of December, this trend is expected to continue. Quality is fair.
The Potato market is Stable.40cts, 50cts, 60cts, and 70cts are becoming tight. Quality has been good.
The onion market is very strong. Mexican and Canadian product is coming up short. Pricing is up and expected to stay up for the next month or two. Overall quality is good. White Jumbo onions are very tight.
Cucumber market is steady. Quality is good.
Euro cucumbers markets are active due to recent weather conditions in FL and Mex. Quality is good.
Green bells market is steady. Quality is good.
Red Pepper markets are active due to recent weather conditions. Quality is fair to good.
Basil: We are still seeing minor quality issues. Overall, quality is fair to good.
Orange markets are coming off. This crop is expected to peak on medium to larger sized fruit in January, causing small fruit to tighten up significantly. The current gas times are around 48 hours; the current brix is in the 11-13 range. Florida juicing oranges are going strong. Quality is good.
Lemon markets are steady. Currently, all three districts are shipping, with an overall peak size of 140/165ct. Mexico product has been steady with good quality. Quality is good.
Lime We are currently seeing really good supplies in the market this week with harvest as much of the current crop fruit as possible to get ready for the new crop starting up. While there are good supplies this week, and pricing eased off again, growers are saying their supplies available for harvesting this week and going forward are decreasing as they get more into the new crop and have less of the “old” crop supplies left. With a lower volume crop, and getting into the holidays, we expect volumes on inbounds to begin to decrease and stay lower until after the first of the year. If demand picks up at all this could cause the market to react upwards. Historically at the end of December and the first Q1 each year pricing trends higher. Overall quality remains good with very few issues on inbound fruit.
The grape market is slightly up. The domestic grape harvest in California is nearly complete. Brazil and Peru imports are going to both coasts. Currently, there is a greater supply of green grapes than red grapes. In mid- to late January, Chilean imports will begin. Quality is fair to good.
Markets All tomatoes are very active. Round and Roma tomatoes will remain volatile until the end of the year. There is an extreme shortage of Grape and Cherry tomatoes. We’ll see some very light numbers from Mexico and Florida. Markets are expected to remain active through early January.
Green Cartons: Markets are tightening up. Quality is good.
Red Cartons: Markets are tightening up. Quality is good.
Bagged Cabbage: Markets are tightening up. Quality is good.
The items listed below are either being prorated or are in short supply.
1.) All Tomatoes
2.) 88ct Royal Gala Apples
3.) White Jumbo Onions
4.) All Asparagus
8.) Broccolini 18ct & 3/2lb
9.) All Hothouse 11lb Peppers
10.) Red Peppers 15LB & Choice