September 1st, 2023 Market Report
Lettuce markets are slowly coming down. Warm temperatures in all growing regions of California have accelerated the growth of this commodity. Throughout the week, supplies will remain strong. On liner packs, weights average 38-43 pounds. Quality is good.
– Romaine markets are steady. Light fringe and tip 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. Light fringe and tip burn are some common defects reported. Quality is fair to good.
Lettuce Tender Leaf:
The heat over the last few weeks has affected Parsley, Cilantro, Arugula, Spring Mix, Arcadian, and Spinach. Yellow/brown/black leaves may appear at receiving due to heat-related quality issues. Quality is fair.
Markets are steady. Broccoli supplies continue to be average in Santa Maria, Mexico, and Salinas. Mexico is still struggling with yields due to the erratic weather. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are steady. There is a steady supply of cauliflower in Salinas, Mexico, and Santa Maria. Quality is good.
– Cello markets are steady out West. Quality is good.
– Loose market is steady. Quality is good.
– Value-add Snack Carrots are steady. Quality is good.
Markets are steady. Warm temperatures in all the growing regions may result in some bending of celery stalks. Quality is above average.
Strawberries & Bush Berries:
– Strawberry markets are coming down. There is still an abundance of fruit available at all loading locations. New crop Santa Maria and Oxnard fruit has begun bolstering older plantings in a light way. As a result of recent high humidity and heat, shippers are seeing a lot of soft fruit with bruising in California. Quality is fair.
– Raspberry markets are coming down. Higher yields out of Baja and the Central Coast California areas are causing the market to ease off a bit with better availability. This trend should continue into next week. Quality is fair to good.
– Blueberries markets are going up. As production in the PNW and Michigan areas moves further past peak, the market has firmed up. In mid-to-late September, more Mexican and Peruvian imports should be available. There are still distribution points in Central California, Michigan, Florida, and New Jersey. Quality has been good.
– Blackberries markets are steady, but continues to be very limited in availability. This trend is expected to continue until the first or second week of September. Quality is fair.
New crop is looking good. Quality is good and percentage of #1’s is way up.
The onion market is stable. 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 very active. Quality is fair.
– Basil: We are still seeing minor quality issues. Overall, quality is fair to good.
– Orange markets are moving up as school demand picks up. Valencia’s are the main variety. Quality is fair to good.
– Lemon markets are still up and extremely tight out West. Import Lemons are steady on 115, 140 and 165ct choice fruit. Quality is good.
– Lime Rains have eased off in Veracruz with tomorrow being the highest chance of rain the rest of this week. Overall supplies continue to be down for this time of year due to two things: Lighter harvests due to rains, as well as a higher percentage of product being culled out due to stylar and quality issues. Stylar can appear during transit, and fruit can look perfect one day and show stylar the next. Even though product is getting re-run at shipping, there may still be a few pieces at delivery. The market has reacted to the lighter supplies, and we have seen FOBs on all sizes of fruit jump significantly from last week, with some suppliers having trouble getting supplies. Hurricane Idalia will not impact the lime growing regions, so that is good news.
Grape markets are going up. The unseasonably wet weather early last week will impact the rest of the domestic deal, with loss estimates ranging from 20-30%. At this point, it is not known how this will affect the different varieties and what it will mean for late-season grapes. In general, reds seem to be more damaged than greens. Quality is fair to good.
Markets are active on cherries and grapes with short supplies. Rounds and Romas are more stable. Grape crops in Baja were hit hard last week, which has further tightened up supplies with fair to poor quality. Grape markets will remain elevated for another 2-3 weeks. Canada has good supply and quality on Round and Roma tomatoes.
– Green Cartons: Markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Red Cartons: Markets are steady. Quality is good.
– Bagged Cabbage: Markets are steady. Quality is good.
The items listed below are being prorated by Shippers.
1.) Poblano peppers
2.) Golden Delicious Apples
3.) Scallions 4/2lb
4.) Granny Smith Apples. 88ct and 100ct
5.) White B Potatoes