January 25th, 2024 Market Report
Lettuce markets are firming up due to recent rain and cold weather in Yuma. There are current delays to harvest. Epidermal blisters and peels will be the biggest problem. Weights are ranging from 39 to 43 pounds. Quality is fair to good.
Romaine markets are slightly up. Expect to see blister & peel, discoloration, and pinking due to rain and cold weather last week. Quality is fair to good.
Romaine Heart markets are slightly up. Expect to see blister & peel, discoloration, and pinking due rain and cold weather. Quality is fair to good.
Green and Red Leaf markets are slightly up. Expect to see blister & peel, discoloration, and pinking due to rain and cold weather. Quality is fair to good.
Lettuce Tender Leaf:
There is a shortage of tender leaf items due to the frigid temperatures, especially arugula and spinach. The recent cold weather is also causing cilantro and parsley to yellow. Look for supplies to continue to be tight going into next week. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are steady, but still tight due to recent rain and cold weather. There is an AOG trigger on VA broccoli items. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are steady, but still tight due to recent rain and cold weather. Quality is fair to good.
Cello markets are steady out West and in Canada. Quality is good.
Loose market is steady on Mexican crossings to slightly higher on Canadian product. Quality is good.
Value-add Snack Carrots are steady. Quality is good.
Markets are steady. Product is coming out of Oxnard, Yuma, and Mexico. Quality is good.
Strawberries & Bush Berries:
Strawberry markets are coming down. Due to rain events in California, production estimates have been low. This week’s warmer temperatures will help dry out fields and improve quality. In Southern California, more rain is forecast for late next week. Over the next few weeks, Florida expects volume to increase after recent rain interruptions. Quality is fair to good.
Raspberry markets are coming off. The daytime temperatures in Central Mexico are improving, resulting in better numbers. Quality is fair to good.
Blueberries markets are steady with good supplies. Product from Chile and Central Mexico are now the dominant supplies being offered. Quality is good.
Blackberries markets are coming off. The daytime temperatures in Central Mexico are improving, resulting in better numbers. Quality is fair to good.
The Potato market is Stable. 40cts and 50cts are tight. Quality has been good.
The onion market is very strong. Pricing is up and expected to stay up. Overall quality is good. White Jumbo onions are very tight.
Cucumber market remains very strong with very limited availability. Cold weather and rain are keeping production light in both Florida and Mexico. Supplies are very tight. Quality has been mostly good on inbound, but we are being cautioned to expect some defects.
Euro cucumbers markets remain active with product in short supply due to weather conditions in FL and Mex. Quality is good.
Green & yellow squash are critically short in supply in both Florida and Mexico. Markets are extremely high. Quality has been fair to good on recent inbounds.
Eggplant is also being affected by cooler weather in both Florida and Mexico. Markets are higher and we are told to expect some wind scarring. Availability is light.
Green bells market is declining. Supplies are improving in Florida and Mexico. Quality on inbound has been good overall.
Red Pepper markets are lower with supplies improving. Quality is fair to good.
Basil: We are still seeing quality issues as weather in the growing regions continues to create poor growing conditions. Overall, quality is fair to good.
Orange markets are very active. There is a peak in fruit production for 72ct and larger; 88/113/138ct are extremely scarce and will remain so until the end of the navel season. Due to low fruit set and rain events, fruit will continue to grow in size as the season progresses. Brix is between 12 and 14. Currently, there is no gassing. 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 Rain has slowed down harvesting, which caused approximately 95 less truckloads of limes to cross into the US. Weather across the US has decreased demand as well causing prices to soften. Rain in the forecast may start pushing pricing up again. Overall quality continues to remain good, with just the occasional stylar from recent rains. All stylar that is visible when product is received is being graded out prior to shipping.
Grape supplies remain tight and continues to shrink. There are no vessels arriving on the west coast this week, and existing inventory is very low. Chile is just getting started, while Peru is winding down. Volume on the east coast is tight, but much better than on the west coast. For the next three weeks, this market will remain high and tight.
The round tomato market is up significantly over last week. Supply is very short. In all regions, demand exceeds supply. FL harvesting has been shortened by cooler weather and rain; quality is mostly good on rounds and cherries. Grape tomato quality is fair to good with steady, high markets. Roma quality has been fair only. Volume crossing from Mexico is improving on romas, so we are hoping to see the costs come down in the next few weeks.
Green Cartons: Markets are mostly steady. Quality is fair to good.
Red Cartons: Markets are snug with elevated costs. Quality is good.
Bagged Cabbage: Markets are mostly steady. Quality is good.
The items listed below are either being prorated or are in short supply.
1.) White Jumbo Onions
2.) All Tomatoes
3.) Cello Cucumbers
4.) Green & Yellow Squash
6.) B&W Arugula