October 26th, 2023 Market Report
Lettuce markets are steady. There is production out of Salinas, Huron, and Santa Maria with this commodity. Weights are 36-44 pounds depending on the shipper. The plants are a bit tired, so shelf life of value-added products has been shortened from 3-4 days. Quality is fair to good.
Romaine markets are steady. There is production out of Salinas and Huron. Slight fringe and tip burn are some common defects reported out of Salinas. Quality is fair to good.
Romaine Heart markets are steady. There is production out of Salinas and Huron. Slight fringe and tip burn are some common defects reported out of Salinas. Quality is fair to good.
Green and Red Leaf markets are steady. There is production out of Salinas and Huron. Slight fringe and tip burn are some common defects reported out of Salinas. Quality is fair to good.
Lettuce Tender Leaf:
Parsley, Cilantro, Arugula, Spring Mix, Arcadian, and Spinach are steady due to the current warmer days and cooler nights. Quality is slowly improving, but overall is fair.
Markets are still coming down. The broccoli supply continues to be good. Quality and yields continue to improve. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are declining very fast. The cauliflower supply is improving daily. Fields have been brought forward by recent warm weather, resulting in better supplies. Quality is fair to good.
Cello markets are steady 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. Southern California, production is heavy, while in Salinas, it is light. Quality is good.
Strawberries & Bush Berries:
Strawberry markets are steady. Mexican fruit is beginning to cross into Texas, marking the beginning of the season. November will see a steady increase in numbers. Salinas / Watsonville’s growing season is nearing its end. Shippers are declaring the first week of November as their transition date to Santa Maria and Oxnard. Quality is fair to good.
Raspberry markets are slightly up. Good numbers are available crossing in from Baja California and Central Mexico. Fruit is beginning to cross into Laredo and McAllen Texas from Central Mexico. Quality is fair to good.
Blueberries markets are very active. Peru and Central Mexico still have very limited availability. Peruvian fruit has been available in very small quantities at the ports. There is still an AOG situation for shippers. Quality is fair.
Blackberries markets are up and active. California’s product supply is diminishing due to cooler weather and late plant cycles. There is very limited fruit available for transfer into U.S. loading locations. As a result of Hurricane Norma, adverse weather has hampered quality and availability. Quality is fair.
Now that Harvest is over, we expect the market to become more stable. Quality is good.
The onion market is stable. Overall quality is good.
Cucumber market is steady. Quality is good.
Euro cucumbers markets are steady, but still tight. Canada is gapping and expect markets to be active until Mexico gets started in November. Quality is fair to 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 remain strong and active. The price of 113ct and 138ct will remain elevated through the remainder of the Valencia season. The peak sizes are 72ct and 88ct. It is expected that domestic Navels will begin shipping the week of October 30. Due to the increased temperatures in the growing region, soft fruit/pack pressure and stem-end aging are other quality issues. Quality is fair to good.
Lemon markets remain strong and active. As District 2 nears the end of its season, markets remain elevated across the board. Lemons are tight across the board. District 3 (California desert/Arizona) has begun in a light way. Quality is fair to good.
Lime Despite large fruit (110/150ct) continuing to be in tight supply due to the crop not sizing up, we are seeing some relief in pricing across all sizes this week. Growers increased harvests over the weekend and the first part of this week to get ahead on supplies as growers are preparing for Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations next week. This is a huge holiday in Mexico that is typically celebrated 10/31- 11/2, and we will see growers and shippers shut down for at least part of it next week, which is why they are starting to harvest extra product this week. The recent rains have helped some with sizing as we are seeing more 175ct and 200cts than we have been seeing for the last month, which has also helped push pricing down some this week. The industry continues to see skin breakdown and stylar showing up on inbound loads, so there is still extra repacking and grading being done on the US side once product arrives to get it ready to ship out to the final customers.
The grape market continues to be active. The recovery from the tropical storm is going well. It is expected that most shippers will have supplies until the middle of November. Between the end of the domestic crop and the start of the Peruvian import season, there may be a short gap in November. The grape market has leveled off in price as the industry continues to harvest the remaining crop. For the remainder of the domestic season, the market will remain tight and high. Quality is fair to good.
As we transition South, supplies are light on both coasts. The Ruskin/Palmetto/Immokalee regions are expected to start receiving volumes by early November. A few Florida shippers have started on grapes and cherries. Baja California markets remain firm with light volume. There are still two weeks left for California. Expect light colors on Rounds for the next couple of weeks.
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.