July 20th, 2023 Market Report
Lettuce markets are moving up very quickly. This is mostly due to processors taking more lettuce due to lighter weights in the industry. It looks to be much tighter in supply next week as well. Internal burns, puffiness, and lightweights are common defects. Quality is fair to good.
– Romaine markets are steady. Slight tip and fringe burn are some common defects reported. Quality is fair to good.
– Romaine Heart markets are steady. Quality is fair to good.
– Green and Red Leaf markets are steady. Slight tip and fringe burn are some common defects reported. Quality is fair to good.
Lettuce Tender Leaf:
Parsley, Cilantro, Arugula, Spring Mix, and Spinach are in better supply. We are still seeing minor quality issues. Quality is fair.
Markets are coming off. There has been an improvement in broccoli supplies in Santa Maria, Mexico, and Salinas this week. Quality is average, with Mexico fighting bug infestations. As shippers move into the weekend, we can expect this market to remain steady due to the volatile weather in Mexico and the recent heat wave in the Salinas Valley. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are coming off. There is a steady supply of cauliflower in Salinas, Mexico, and Santa Maria. Shippers do not expect any issues with supplies this weekend as this market remains steady. Quality is fair to good.
– Cello markets are steady out West. Quality is good.
– Loose markets have risen considerably, demand is far exceeding supply. Quality is good.
– Value-add Snack Carrots are steady. Quality is good.
Markets are coming off. This commodity is more readily available in northern and southern California. The suppliers are expecting better production numbers for large sizes, particularly twenty-four counts. The escalation of value-added products continues. Slight seeder is being reported. Quality is fair to good.
Strawberries & Bush Berries:
– Strawberry markets have become very active with shippers prorating 50%. The peak growing season has passed in all growing areas. Shippers will see a steady decline in numbers until mid-August when the fall crop acres begin to produce. In the coming weeks, shippers expect light supplies. Quality is fair.
– Raspberry markets are still active. Over the next few weeks, warmer weather is expected to help increase volume. Until the end of July, supplies will remain tight. Quality is fair to good.
– Blueberries markets are back up. Pacific Northwest production is peaking out of Oregon. Harvesting has just begun in British Columbia. It is nearly the end of peak season in New Jersey and North Carolina. Michigan has begun to produce some excellent quality fruit at the start of its season. Quality is good.
– Blackberries markets are steady. There has been a gradual improvement in availability on the West Coast for this item. In Mexico, the heat and rain continue to affect the quality and quantity of light numbers that cross into the US. Quality is fair to good.
The potato market is strong and very tight. 40-80CT are tight. #2 Idaho’s are getting very tight. Quality has been fair to good. New crop is expected to start shipping August 7th.
The onion market is stable. Red onions have tightened up a bit, pricing is up. Overall quality is fair to good.
– Cucumber market is steady. Quality is good.
– Euro cucumbers markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Green bells market is steady. Quality is good.
– Red Pepper markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Basil: We are still seeing minor quality issues. Overall, quality is fair to good.
– Orange markets are steady with good supplies. Quality is good.
– Lemon markets are still up out West. We have started Import Lemons on 115, 140 and 165ct choice fruit. Quality is good.
– Lime Costs in Mexico are rising swiftly. Extreme heat and humidity have impacted quality and shelf life, which is ultimately contributing to low yields/availability. Overall crossings have declined approximately 30%. Peak sizing consists of small fruit, including 230’s & 250’s; large fruit will remain limited.
Grapes – Grape markets are steady.
The summer crops in California are ramping up, prices are easing slightly with good volume. Quality is good and availability is best on the smaller sizes. As the summer crops get going, the eastern supply is light. In a few weeks, we’ll see how the heavy spring rains affect yields/quality.
– Green Cartons: Markets are steady. Quality has been good.
– Red Cartons: Markets are steady. Quality has been good.
– Bagged Cabbage: Markets are steady. Quality is good.
The items listed below are being prorated by Shippers.
1.) Red potatoes
2.) Yellow potatoes
3.) Poblano peppers
4.) Danjou pears