November 17th, 2023 Market Report
Lettuce markets are coming down. Salinas and Huron are finished for the season. The production in Yuma is stronger. Yuma’s new crop is clean, but weights typically range from 34 to 39 pounds. There is an AOG increase on all VA lettuce items. Quality is good.
Romaine markets are steady. Salinas and Huron are finished for the season. Minor fringe burn and insect damage are some common defects reported out of Yuma. Quality is good.
Romaine Heart markets coming down. Salinas and Huron are finished for the season. Minor fringe burn and insect damage are some common defects reported out of Yuma. Quality is good.
Green and Red Leaf markets are steady. Salinas and Huron are finished for the season. Minor fringe burn and insect damage are some common defects reported out of Yuma. Quality is good.
Lettuce Tender Leaf:
Parsley, Cilantro, Arugula, Spring Mix, Arcadian, and Spinach are steady with good quality coming out Yuma.
Markets are coming down, but still tight. Salinas broccoli supplies have tightened and yields are declining as the season comes to an end. There is an AOG increase on all VA packs. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are coming down. Salinas cauliflower supplies are still tight and yields are declining as the season comes to an end. 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 steady. The production in Salinas has ended, and the production is currently concentrated in Santa Maria/Oxnard. There is an AOG increase on all VA packs. Harvesting will not begin in Yuma until late December. Quality is good.
Strawberries & Bush Berries:
Strawberry markets are active. Central Mexico has been crossing light numbers due to quality issues. We should see numbers slowly build out of this area over the next several weeks. Salinas and Watsonville are winding for the season with some shippers still bringing in very small amounts of fruit. There are only a few defects reported, including small sizing and bruising. Santa Maria has experienced lower yields and smaller sizing during the late season. Oxnard has reported lighter numbers due to cooler winter temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Florida is just beginning to scratch the surface of its first offerings, with good quality and good sizing reported out of this area. In December, we should see an increase in numbers from this area, weather permitting. Quality is fair.
Raspberry markets are steady. There are good numbers of fruits entering the US through San Diego and going into Santa Maria and Oxnard for distribution. Crossing in from Central Mexico, McAllen Texas has decent supplies. Quality is good.
Blueberries markets are continuing to soften. Container arrivals at the ports are causing markets to slowly ease off. Despite inclement weather, Mexican production is expected to ramp up moderately over the next few weeks. Chilean products have been arriving via air containers in limited numbers. Quality is fair to good.
Blackberries markets are up and very active. Blackberries have been affected by adverse weather conditions produced by recent El Nino and hurricane events. Rains and high humidity have caused much of production to be thrown away. Shippers are still prorating 50% of contracts. Quality is fair.
The Potato market is stable, with 40cts and 50cts becoming a bit tight. Quality has been good.
The onion market is stable. There is a slight increase in price due to freight. Overall quality is 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 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 remain strong and very active. Valencia’s are finished and Navels are the most common variety. There will be severe shortages on all sizes for the next 7-10 days due to low brix levels preventing shippers from harvesting full force. The current gas times are 72- 96 hours (3-4 days); the current brix is 10-11. Recently, colder nighttime temperatures have begun, reducing gassing times and increasing Brix. In the coming weeks, availability should improve. Quality is fair.
Lemon markets remain strong, but steady. District 3 (California desert/Arizona) is the main growing region. District 1 (Central Valley) has started in a very light way. We should see some relief when District 1 ramps up, bringing more fruit to the market. Mexico product has been steady with good quality. Quality is good.
Lime The lime market has leveled off this week with the increase in demand on holiday pulls domestically and the European pull for Christmas underway. Quality continues to improve with the weather being more favorable over the last weeks, and we are quickly approaching the end of hurricane season (officially Nov 30). Sizing also improved some with more 150ct and 175cts showing up on inbound orders to the US. I would expect to see the markets remain fairly stable this week and possibly next week with Thanksgiving, but growers are saying to expect some increases by the end of the month
The upcoming crop that typically starts in December is historically the second smallest in terms of overall volume each year, as supplies tend to tighten up over the winter months due to cooler weather.
The grape market is steady. California grapes recovered better than expected from tropical storm Hillary. It is expected that many growers will continue to ship through the end of November. There is a greater supply of green seedless than red seedless. Within the next couple of weeks, domestic red globes will be finished. Peruvian and Brazilian imports have already begun. For the next 6-8 weeks, this market is expected to remain elevated. Imports from Chile will begin in mid to late January. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are elevated and active on all varieties, particularly Grape tomatoes. California/Quincy are finished, Ruskin/Palmetto region has started light but volume should pick up next week, and MX supply is limited from Baja/Eastern MX. Until early January, expect an active market.
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 being prorated by Shippers.
3.) All Oranges
4.) Grape Tomatoes