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Last Update: July 29, 2014

 

COMMODITY ALERT: Strawberry quality is fair at best. Apples and Pears: eastern supplies are short and Washington is in large fruit so stay ahead on the smaller sizes. Lemon demand is exceeding supplies on all size and grades.

 

WEATHER: California continues the rollercoaster between high and low pressure systems typical of summer. A strong high pressure system remains in place bringing above average temperatures to the region into next week. Monsoonal moisture from the south will keep the threat of lightning and thunderstorms in the region this week. Moderate on shore flow will keep the coastal areas near norms with inland areas reaching the upper 90s to low 100s. Long range models keep the warm temperatures in the region through the end of July.

 

FREIGHT: Trucks in California remain steady this week. Washington and Idaho trucks remain steady as well. The national average on diesel fuel dropped slightly last week to 3.869 per gallon and should trend steady when they come out later today. Crude oil continues to be over 100.00 per barrel and is now at 101.77 per barrel.

 

Commodity Updates

APPLES/PEARS
California Gala apples are steady to slightly lower and are still producing mostly 100’s and smaller.  The color remains average to good.  Washington Red Delicious continue to peak on 80/88/100’s. 100-count and larger supplies remain more prevalent than the smaller sizes, especially in the lower grades. Most suppliers are still subbing to the higher grades to cover any volume of small reds.  The Red market is starting to climb as the supplies drop.  Golden Delicious is peaking on 100’s and is still evenly sized. The Golden Delicious market is being quoted as steady but supplies are low so expect the market to rise.  Granny-Smith is still peaking on 88/100/113’s. Some shippers will still flex for volume on the smaller sizes. The market for large Granny-Smith is steady but still very strong.  Washington Fuji volume is very light but they are available from a few shippers. The remaining Fuji’s are mostly large. Washington D’Anjou pears are still peaking on 90’s and larger while 110’s and smaller remain extremely short as they are almost finished for the season. California Bartlett pears are steady on all sizes and continue to peak on 80’s & 90’s.  So far this season 135’s is the smallest pear available.  California Red pears are also steady and peaking on larger fruit.

ASPARAGUS
This market is steady to start the week.  Supplies out of Peru continue to be on the light side. Mexico’s production has picked up on standard sizing. Both regions continue to struggle on jumbo sizing. This size will command a higher price. The overall quality is reported to be good out of all the growing regions. 

AVOCADO
California is at its peak of their season, with sizes peaking on 48’s and 60’s. Mexico has wrapped up their Old Crop and beginning their Flor Loca crop harvest, their volume is very low and they are raising their prices. Peruvian fruit supplies are good and will continue thought August. Their fruit is mostly 48’s and larger, with a limited amount of 60’s. Fruit quality is good with very good maturity levels. As we get into August, supplies of all origin will begin to decline and market looks to get very active.

BELL PEPPERS
Western Bells: Supplies are improving on green bell peppers from Fresno. Bakersfield and Arvin area are about wrapping up. California red bell market is settling.  We believe this will be short lived as some current districts’ production is projected to be very light. Red bells both open field and hothouse is crossing through South Texas... Demand Exceeds on Red and Gold bell peppers from both districts. Colored bell peppers supplies from California will continue to be a challenge for the remainder of the season until Baja California kicks in this fall. Gold bells markets continue at HIGH fobs and very light supplies availability depends on growing district.  Mexico has basically wrapped up on both hothouse and open field gold bells. Some greenhouse gold bell peppers are crossing through South Texas.
Eastern Bells: Green peppers are in good volume.

BERRIES
Strawberries: Warm nights are not letting the strawberries firm up which is the main cause of the weaker quality currently. We need the night time temperatures to get into the low 50’s or high 40’s to firm up the fruit. Demand and supply is moderate keeping this market steady. Fruit is full color with counts in the high teens low twenties. Main issue is bruising followed by light mold. The forecast is calling for a warming trend again as this week moves on which will push the fog off the coast. Only order what your need due to the short shelf life of the fruit. 
Raspberries: Moderate supplies and demand has this market steady to slightly weaker the start of this week. Quality is being reported as good with a few fair lots being packed.
Blackberries: Better supplies with moderate demand as this market slightly weaker. Quality is fair to good depending on the lot.
Blueberries: Market is steady on both Coasts but this should start to change late this week as East coast supplies finish up. The northwest is the main growing area and have hit their peak production. Quality is good. The main pack currently is Pints.

BROCCOLI
This market is stronger to begin the week. Demand has picked up and many suppliers have caught with excess inventories on both bunched product as well as crowns. Santa Maria, Salinas and Mexico are the growing areas for these commodities. The quality has been reported as being good in all the growing regions.

CARROTS
Bakersfield crop is producing good volumes of good quality carrots with good size.

CAULIFLOWER
This market has begun the week on a steady path like the previous week. The twelve count sizing is demanding the highest price with most suppliers. Demand is moderate at best. There continues to be a gap in pricing of two-three dollars. Production continues mainly out of Santa Maria and Salinas. The quality has been reported as good overall with most suppliers.

CELERY
The celery market is softer. Large sizes like eighteen and twenty four count have the best availability. Shippers are listening to offers.  Santa Maria and Salinas continue to be the main growing regions for this commodity. The quality continues to be strong with most shippers. Demand overall is light.

CITRUS
Lemons: Demand continues to rise and is exceeding supply on all sizes and grades. Fruit is especially tight on 165’s and larger fruit due to lack of growth because of drought conditions in California. The market continues to firm on pricing on all sizes with this strong demand for fruit. There will be some very limit supplies of Chilean fruit arriving next week, but not near what we need to make a difference.
Oranges: Valencia supplies are steady. Sizing continues to favor the 88’s/72’s/113’s sizes. Demand is increasing on the smaller fruit 113’s and 138’s and cleaning up daily. With the long, hot days of summer, we are seeing re-greening of the fruit. This is a normal occurrence in the summer. The fruit is still ripe and sweet. We are still able to source some late season navels in the large sizes, 72’s to 40’s. The late season California navels are still available from a few suppliers, but neat the end of their season.
Limes:  Demand is steady to slightly lower on all sizes.  The market is slowly coming down on all sizes.  The supplies of smaller limes have leveled off and are remaining steady.  Larger sized volumes continue to hold steady.  Mexico is transitioning into another growing very area which looks to bring in good supplies of smaller limes.

CUCUMBERS
Western Cucumber: Market is starting to settle.  California (Mex) cucumbers from Baja are becoming more plentiful.  Supplies meeting demand. Supplies are available in South Texas but slightly higher FOB’s.
Eastern Cucumbers: Expect the market to stay high and tight with
good quality and less volume.

EGGPLANT
Western Eggplant: California is creeping up slightly as heat slowed down production slightly. Demand slightly outpacing supplies. We will see slight gaps due to transitions and weather.
Eastern Eggplant: Eggs are in better supply and quality. 

GRAPES
San Joaquin Valley and Bakersfield grapes are available.  There are all sizes available on the flames, with good quality.  Green seedless is available as well with excellent quality.  The green grapes are mostly large and there will be more available over the next 2 weeks.

GREEN ONIONS
This commodity is steady in the marketplace. The quality out of the Mexico region continues to be strong. Demand is off and supplies look to be steady throughout the week.

LEAF
The romaine supplies are steady.  Demand is moderate. Green and red leaf continues to be flat in terms of demand. Romaine hearts have had better production with a few suppliers, while others are still light. Colossal hearts are very light in availability. Tip and fringe burn continue to be issues that growers are dealing daily. 

LETTUCE
This market is steady as demand is moderate at best. There is a gap in pricing by two to three dollars. There have been quality issues with a few suppliers. Pinking, rib discoloration and russet spotting continues to be issues reported upon arrivals.  The weights on palletized have averaged 39-44 pounds.

MELONS
Cantaloupe: Westside melons are available with excellent quality sizing is all over the board depending on the shipper. Sugars are good and there is good availability.  Cant 12’s is a little snug due to ad volume being pulled.
Honeydew: Nogales is cleaned up for the season. The Westside fruit is available but mostly peaking to 5’s so small fruit will continue to be limited at best.

ONIONS
The yellow market is steady on jumbos and larger in both California and New Mexico.  New Mexico has had rain and could limit supplies there as the week goes on.  New Mexico does have better volume on medium yellows and will deal for volume.  California is still ahead on production and limiting their packing.  The quality on yellows has been good in both California and New Mexico but we could see more mold and spotting from New Mexico as they are in the middle of monsoon season.  Red onions are steady but the New Mexico shippers are still buying from California so stay ahead.  Red supplies will come later than the yellows in the northwest and the transition for them may not be as smooth as we’d like, so continue to stay ahead on reds.  Medium reds are still short in California.  The quality on red onions has been fair to good in both areas.  Whites are relatively light in both areas and the market is steady to higher.

POTATOES
Idaho is steady to lower on all sizes of potatoes.  Old-crop is available but many packers will start new-crop next week.  They will push to get rid of the old-crop so back your inventories down as price-offers are out there.  Washington new-crop Norkotahs are clean and peaking between 70’s and 80’s. The new-crop quality is good, the potatoes are clean internally, and the maturity is good.  The Washington market is steady to lower.  Colorado remains steady to on all sizes but supplies are limited on 50’s through 70’s.  The Colorado shippers are still relatively high priced.  Nebraska has started packing new-crop Norkotahs.  Wisconsin is finished with old-crop for the season.  Bakersfield red and gold potatoes are still peaking on A-size but supplies are limited.  The Bakersfield market is steady on reds and gold’s.  Stockton, California is steady on all colors and they are peaking on A-size for all varieties. Virginia continues packing red and white potatoes with some gold’s.  The Virginia market is being quoted as steady but they are in and out quick so there are deals available for volume.  Alabama & Texas are still packing red and both are being quoted as steady but they will flex on Red A’s.  North Carolina is still packing red, gold, and white potatoes.  The Gold and White volume is light though.  Idaho, eastern Washington, and Wisconsin have also started packing reds.  Washington also has gold’s.

SQUASH
Western Squash: California squash currently shipping out of Santa Maria and Fresno.  Supplies are lightening up due to hot weather in Fresno. Demand also pressing and slightly lower production may push market to creep up slightly later this week especially on yellow straight neck squash.
Eastern Squash: Squash is in Michigan quality is good.

STONE FRUIT
California stone fruit is available with a mixed bag of colors and sizing available from different shippers.  Small fruit remains very limited on both peaches and nectarines.  Both red and black plums and pluots are available with excellent quality and good promotable volume.  

TOMATOES
Western/Mexico: California is enduring a heat wave causing fruit to mature quickly with shorter shelf lives. As a result larger sizes are harder to come by with fruit being harvested sooner than normal. Western roma tomatoes are seeing an influx in supply this week, causing pricing to again slide by a dollar or so. The quality of this product has remained steady on all sizes, with large and medium being the bulk of what is currently being packed. At the same time, Mexico is beginning to ship more product across the border, which is helping in the relief effort in pricing. Cherries and grapes have remained steady in California, which both northern and southern shippers putting out quality product. This ample supply of product has helped the market slightly, but high freight rates keep this product fairly regional.
Eastern/Tomatoes: The eastern seaboard has seen another increase in production this week as this area begins to see increased yield daily. Even with Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas harvesting strong quantities of round tomatoes, this market has remained high due to elevated freight rates required for Western alternatives. There is no noticeable change in the roma market out of the southeast. With steady supplies coming from several different local programs, demand has been kept at bay for the past couple of weeks. The market will remain reasonably priced until the smaller operations fade away creating more demand for Western items. Cherry and grape tomatoes in the American southeast continue to be scattered across the region in local programs. With such an influx in volume, pricing has come off slightly. Next week should bring steadier conditions as supplies and quality remain constant. 

WATERMELON
Market is steady Phoenix wrapping up harvesting.  Current crops are mostly packed in bins and cartons packed by request. South Texas and Mendota California are currently shipping.

 

Commodities At-A-Glance

Commodity

Quality

Market

Apples

Good

Steady

Asparagus

Good

Steady

Avocado (Mexican)

Good

Higher

Avocado (California)

Good

Steady

Bell Peppers (Western)

Good

Steady

Bell Pepper (Eastern)

Good

Higher

Berries: Strawberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Raspberries

Good

Steady

Berries: Blackberries

Good

Lower

Berries: Blueberries

Good

Steady

Broccoli

Good

Higher

Carrots

Good

Steady

Cauliflower

Good

Steady

Celery

Good

Steady

Citrus: Lemons

Good

Steady

Citrus: Oranges

Good

Higher

Cucumbers (Western)

Good

Steady

Cucumbers (Eastern)

Good

Higher

Eggplant (Western)

Good

Higher

Eggplant (Eastern)

Good

Higher

Grapes, Green

Good

Steady

Grapes, Red

Good

Steady

Green Onions

Good

Steady

Lettuce: Leaf

Fair

Steady

Lettuce: Iceberg

Fair

Steady

Melons: Cantaloupe

Good

Steady

Melons: Honeydew

Good

Steady

Onions

Good

Steady

Pears

Good

Steady

Potatoes

Fair

Lower

Squash (Western)

Good

Higher

Squash (Eastern)

Good

Higher

Stone Fruit

Excellent

Steady

Tomatoes (Western)

Good

Steady

Tomatoes (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Watermelon

Good

Steady

 

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