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Last Update: August 26, 2014

 

COMMODITY ALERT: Strawberry quality is fair at best due to warm nights for the last two months. Stem strawberries are very limited due to sizing and quality. Apples and Pears: The 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. Oranges demand is exceeding supplies on the small sizes 113s and 138s. Romaine Hearts and all Broccoli packs are extremely short in supply and the market will remain active all week.

 

WEATHER: The upper level low pressure trough over Central California moves southeast today, moderate on shore flow will keep the coastal areas moist with inland areas only reaching the upper 80s. High pressure builds early this week with gradual warming through the week. Active hurricanes in the Pacific and Atlantic are being monitored for potential impacts currently.

 

FREIGHT: Trucks in California are steady but look to tighten up at the end of the week. Washington and Idaho trucks remain steady but are getting tighter now that onions have started in the Parma, ID area. The national average on diesel fuel remained steady last week at 3.835 per gallon and should trend steady when they come out later today. Crude oil remains steady and is currently 93.14 per barrel.

 

Commodity Updates

APPLES/PEARS
New York has started packing light volume of Jersey Mac’s, Paula Reds, and Ginger-Gold’s.  California Gala’s are steady but limited on 100’s and larger as the shippers clean-up, 113’s and smaller are finished.  California Fuji’s are steady to lower with some flex and are still lighter in color.   California fruit is peaking on 100/113’s but the availability of the smaller fruit is light.  The market for Washington Red Delicious continues to slowly rise especially the 113’s and smaller.   The reds continue to peak on 80/88/100’s.  Most of the Washington suppliers have very reds left and will pack for another couple weeks and then will be limited to their inventories, so we could see a gap.  Ginger-Gold’s and/or Early-Gold’s are available and they are heavy to the lower grades. Most packers are pricing them competitively to get them sold. Washington Granny’s are still peaking on 88/100/113’s and there are still some volume deals on the smaller sizes.  Washington Fuji’s are essentially finished for the season. California Bartlett pears continue to peak on 80’s and 90’s.  The market for larger fruit is steady with good availability while the 120’s and smaller are non-existent. Washington Bartlett pears are available and have better numbers of the smaller sizes than California did but the demand has been strong.  California Bosc pears are available but the volume is light and the market remains very strong.  California Red pears are also steady and peaking on larger fruit.  Washington has started packing a few red pears.

ASPARAGUS
This market is still strong with light supplies of Large, Extra Large, and Jumbo. Bad weather in the growing regions of Mexico has made this commodity’s supplies decrease. Demand clearly exceeds supply and this will continue for the entire week.  Production in Peru is moderate to light. Loading directly in Miami is an option.  

AVOCADO
California supplies are beginning their decline as we near the end of this year’s season. Quality is excellent, with sizes peaking on 60’s and larger. Mexico is Flor Loca crop harvest. This fruit will take longer to ripen as mature levels are low. Peruvian fruit supplies are lightening as they near the end of their season. 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 move through September, we expect lighter supplies and the market 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 slightly higher.  California is currently experiencing slight gaps in supplies on red bells both open field and hothouse. Demand currently exceeds on Red and Gold bell peppers from both California and Texas 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: This market is on the floor and shippers throughout Michigan are dealing on pepper.  Decent weather should hold this market down for a few more days.

BERRIES
Strawberries: No change in the quality department. Strawberry quality is fair at best due to warm nights and small sizing. Growers are having very hard time packing special packs (Stem Strawberries, Pints, etc) currently due to labor shortage and small fruit sizing. I don’t see this changing any time soon. Market is on the rise due to lighter supplies and good demand. Forecast is calling for a slight chance of Rain on Friday/Saturday of this week. This would not help our current situation with quality and supplies out at all. Shippers are selling out two in advance and having to fill rate orders. Fruit size is small with full color fruit being shipped. Quality issues showing up upon arrivals: Bruising, overripe fruit, and light mold. Shippers are quoting their fruit with as high as 20% bruising.
Raspberries: Moderate supplies and demand has this market steady the start of this week. Growers have past their peak production for the season. Quality is fair. The main issue showing up in the pack is soft fruit due to the warm nights.
Blackberries: Good demand and light supplies has this market firm. Quality is fair due to the warm nights which is keeping the fruit soft
Blueberries: Supplies are winding down out of the Northwest. Wet weather followed by heat has hurt the quality. Market is firming. Next area to come into play will be Argentina which is about 3 to 4 weeks away. Look for the market to continue to creep up over the next couple of weeks.

BROCCOLI
Supplies continue to be on the scarce side for bunched broccoli as well as crowns. Demand clearly exceeds supply. This market will continue to gain strength throughout the week. Processors are buying as much acreage as possible. This will put the pinch on carton production. Contracts will have priority with all suppliers. Santa Maria, Salinas and Mexico are the growing areas for these commodities. Knuckling is being seen on the crowns.

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

CAULIFLOWER
This market is firming up with most shippers. Supplies have decreased with more 16 count available. Demand is steady as this week begins.  Production continues mainly out of Santa Maria and Salinas. The quality has been reported as good. 

CELERY
This market has remained unchanged. Small sizing, thirty-six counts in particular continues to demand a higher price as opposed to the larger sizes. Santa Maria and Salinas continue to be the main growing regions for this commodity. The quality continues to be strong with most shippers. Demand is moderate at best.

CITRUS
Lemons: Demand continues strong 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. Expect these tight supplies to get worse before they get better over the next 6 weeks. 
Oranges: Valencia supplies are steady. Sizing continues to favor the 88’s/72’s/113’s sizes. Demand is exceeding supplies on the smaller fruit, 88’s/113’s/138’s with the increased demand brought on by schools starting.
Limes:  Demand has leveled off and for now supplies increasing.  The market is coming down on all sizes.  The new growing area continues to produce mostly small sizes which have good quality.  The overall quality of the old crop is acceptable with some yellowing and minor defects showing.

CUCUMBERS
Western Cucumber: Market is higher due to lighter supplies.  California (Mex) cucumbers from Baja, supplies are not meeting current demand. Supplies are available in South Texas but also very light supplies and slightly higher FOB’s.
Eastern Cucumbers: The cucumber market remains at the lower levels as demand continues to be weak. No changes expected for the next few days. Quality has been excellent.

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 good supply and quality. 

GRAPES
The market remains about steady with varieties on the red seedless transitioning from Flames and Scarlet’s to Scarlet’s and Crimsons for the greater volume. Greens continue to be readily available in both the Thompson and Princess varieties. Quality and size on all varieties continues to be very good.

GREEN ONIONS
This market is steady, overall. Supplies have been upgraded to moderate from multiple suppliers. Pricing is likely to be steady for the entire week.

LEAF
The overall leaf market is firm.  Issues of fringe burn and decay continue to be defects reported upon arrivals. Green leaf and Red Leaf is firm with most suppliers. Boston is steady. Colossal romaine hearts continue to be light in availability and orders are being subbed with regular romaine hearts. Tip and fringe burn continue to be issues that most growers are dealing daily. 

LETTUCE
This market is strong with most shippers. Supplies are on the light side as demand exceeds supply. Pricing is rising gradually on a daily basis. There have been complaints sporadically upon arrivals. Pinking, rib discoloration and russet spotting are the main defects being reported. The weights on palletized are decreasing along with head size. Mostly 30 count size which is causing decreased weights in the 34 to 38 pound range.

MELONS
Cantaloupe: Demand has increased and supplies have remained stable.  The market has increased and looks to slowly climb in the short term.  Quality is good. Sizing is peaking on 9’s and 12’s with lesser availability on small fruit.
Honeydew: The Westside fruit is available, fruit continues to peak to large sizes.  The market is rising slowly on all sizes. 
 
ONIONS
Northwest yellows are generally lower but the volume is light due to rain over the weekend.  Some Idaho/Oregon suppliers have size while other is peaking on jumbos and mediums.  The Washington yellows are generally small. California & New Mexico have limited volume but will continue packing for another week or so.  The red market is steady to lower in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon and rain is limiting their harvest and packing.  Whites are steady in all areas but supplies remain light.  The quality has been good on all colors in all areas.

POTATOES
Idaho is steady to lower on new-crop Norkotahs cartons.  Most packers continue to peak on 60/70/80/90’s and have a nice average size with good maturity.   The availability is improving as more shippers get started but the wet weather is still holding them back.  Most packers have finished running Burbanks.  Washington Norkotahs are steady to lower as well and are peaking on 80’s and smaller.  The new-crop Washington quality remains good.   A few Colorado shippers have started running new-crop Nebraska Norkotahs and they are steady on all sizes but are small.  Most are heavy to 90’s and smaller and poly bags.  The Colorado shippers remain relatively high priced.  One Nebraska shipper is packing new-crop Norkotahs and they are also steady but relatively high-priced. Wisconsin russets are also steady and peaking on the smaller counts.  Bakersfield gold potatoes are still peaking on A-size but supplies are limited.  Stockton, California is steady on all colors and they are peaking on A-size for all varieties but has plenty of B-size as well.  Texas is still shipping a few reds but they are almost finished for the season.  Minnesota red potatoes are steady and they are peaking on A-size.  Minnesota will start packing gold’s this week.  Idaho continues to pack reds and gold’s and both colors are heavy to A-size. The Idaho market is steady for both colors. Wisconsin continues to pack reds and the market is steady.   Wisconsin reds are heavy to A-size.

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. We ought to see some squash starting up again in Fresno.
Eastern Squash: Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey are all working squash and the market remains steady throughout all regions.  As the weather holds, no big changes are expected.

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 nectarines.  Both red and black plums and pluots remain available with excellent quality and good promotable volume. 

TOMATOES
Western/Mexico: California has heavy inventories of round tomatoes with smaller sized fruit being most abundant. Pricing is expected to remain low through the rest of August keeping pricing low on all sizes. The roma tomatoes out of California and Mexico have been matched with slow demand and low pricing as well this month with not much expected to change for the next several weeks. Cherry tomatoes are available in better volumes this week allowing prices to settle a bit while Grape tomatoes remain available in large numbers. Until local deals begin to go away next month, not allot of change is expected next week.
Eastern/Tomatoes: Speculation of a higher market from previous weeks has proven to be false as many shippers are looking to be competitive moving inventories against local programs. Similarly, the roma tomato has seen a dip in demand with price falling slightly. There is no major change in grape and cherry tomatoes; large volumes of grape tomatoes are available while cherry are harder to come by. Pricing is steady with more of the same expected going through the end of next week although quality may be an issue as shippers attempt to clear out their backlogs.

WATERMELON
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

Steady

Avocado (California)

Good

Higher

Bell Peppers (Western)

Good

Steady/Higher

Bell Pepper (Eastern)

Good

Lower

Berries: Strawberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Raspberries

Fair

Steady

Berries: Blackberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Blueberries

Fair

Higher

Broccoli

Good

Higher

Carrots

Good

Steady

Cauliflower

Good

Higher

Celery

Good

Steady

Citrus: Lemons

Fair

Steady

Citrus: Oranges

Fair

Higher

Cucumbers (Western)

Fair

Steady

Cucumbers (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Eggplant (Western)

Good

Higher

Eggplant (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Grapes, Green

Good

Steady

Grapes, Red

Good

Higher

Green Onions

Good

Steady

Lettuce: Leaf

Fair

Higher

Lettuce: Iceberg

Fair

Higher

Melons: Cantaloupe

Good

Higher

Melons: Honeydew

Good

Higher

Onions

Good

Lower

Pears

Good

Steady

Potatoes

Fair

Steady

Squash (Western)

Good

Higher

Squash (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Stone Fruit

Excellent

Higher

Tomatoes (Western)

Good

Steady

Tomatoes (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Watermelon

Good

Steady

 

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Royal Food Service Will be OPEN on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014

If you need pre-cut items for delivery on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, be sure to order them no later than
Monday, Sept. 1 by 12 noon.

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Royal Food Service Will Present Its Produce and Perishable Products at the Atlanta Foodservice Expo, October 13-14, 2014

Atlanta Foodservice Expo - Oct. 13-14, 2014Atlanta, Georgia (August 26, 2014) - At the second Atlanta Foodservice Expo on October 13-14, 2014, Royal Food Service will be presenting its Produce and perishable products to the attendees from the Foodservice Industry for the first time. Foodservice Expo management is expecting to have up to 3,000 attendees this year.

Royal Food Service will be featuring their line of Fruits and Vegetables along with their expanding line of Certified Organic Produce, Specialty produce products, Locally-grown Vegetables, Gourmet foods, Local Artisanal Cheeses, IQF Fruits and Fall Season Specialties.

Royal Food Service is a member of Georgia Grown and Georgia Organics and has a Strong relationship with Local Farmers all over the Southeast. For the past 5 years, Royal Food Service has been a strong educator and partner to many school districts promoting healthy choices to the children of Georgia. Read full press release.



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Royal Food Service Joins Georgia Organics

Royal Food Service is a member of Georgia OrganicsRoyal Food Service is now a member of Georgia Organics, an organization recognized state-wide and abroad for its expertise in local, sustainable organic agriculture. We believe this affiliation will help us to better support local organic farming, our customers in healthcare whose patients depend on certified organic produce for treatment, and increase visibility to our expanding line of organic fruits and vegetables. Learn more about Georgia Organics


 

Newton County Schools Chooses Royal

The Newton County School System is preparing to feed its students in the 2014-15 school year, approving various contracts at the Board of Education. Among them was Royal Food Service of Atlanta who was selected as the vendor of choice for providing produce and fresh eggs, with the contract becoming effective on June 25 and ending June 24, 2015. Romaine lettuce, apples, oranges, onions, nectarines and peaches are just a few of the produce items that Royal will provide.

It was determined by the Newton school district that Royal Food Service offered the lowest cost to the school district. (Newton Citizen, June 5, 2014, Ryan McKenzie) Read full article.


 

Royal Joins to Support Georgia SHAPE'S Healthy Child Initiative

Georgia SHAPEGeorgia SHAPE is an exciting initiative to improve Georgia’s future, beginning with our state’s most vital and important asset: our young people. We know all children can benefit from knowledge of their current health-related fitness levels, along with a capacity to develop and implement strategies for personal improvement.  Read more about Georgia SHAPE.

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Compass Group North America is Newest Greener Fields Together™ Hospitality Partner

Compass GroupCompass Group North America, the leading foodservice management and support services company, is the newest hospitality partner in Greener Fields Together, the sustainability and local produce initiative created by the PRO*ACT produce supply-chain management company. Read news release.

 


Greener Fields TogetherLearn about Greener Fields Together

Greener Fields Together is a groundbreaking, industry-wide sustainability program for the entire produce value chain. It was created and is administered by PRO*ACT and will be run by PRO*ACT and its national network of independently-owned local purveyors. As a formalized, stand-alone program, Greener Fields Together engages and involves farmers, distributors, foodservice operators and retail locations in efforts to work toward safer produce from seed to fork.

Overview: "Advancing Sustainability from Seed to Fork" | "For Safe, Sustainable Produce from Seed to Form"

Local Farmers: "You're an Expert in Growing. We're Experts in Distribution" | Local Farmer GFT Application

Hospitality & Retail: See Ted's Montana Grill and Twain's Billiard's & Tap links below.

National Supplier Case Studies: Andy Boy | Grimmway | Naturipe | NewStar | Rainier

Greener Fields Together Web Site | GFT - Facebook GFT - Twitter GFT - Vimeo GFT - Pinterest GFT - YouTube

 

 

Atlanta Hospitality Partners Join Greener Fields Together

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Ted's Montana Grill  

Press release

How Ted's supports sustainability (pg. 14)

"Restaurant chain seeks local produce via Greener Fields Together" - The Packer

 

Twain's Billiards & Tap

Twain's - Decatur is proud to be a part of Greener Fields Together to help bring good food from seed to fork in a safe, sustainable way.

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From Seed to Fork features Fifth Group's partnership with Greener Fields Together.

 

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Apples and cider

 

 

Roberson Onion Co.

Roberson Onion Co.
Hazelhurst,
Georgia

Vidalia onions

 

         
Sweetwater Growers  

Sweetwater Growers
Canton, Georgia

Hydro watercress and hydro Bibb lettuce

 

 

StoneCreek Hydroponics

StoneCreek Hydroponics
Hartwell, Georgia

Hydro Bibb, red oak leaf, red romaine, green romaine, and frisée lettuces

 

         
 

 

 

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