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Last Update: September 17, 2014

 

COMMODITY ALERT: Strawberry demand exceeds supply in all packs and with all shippers Limited Trucks in the Northwest to load potato and onions 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 113’s and 138’s Green onions in the Mexican region are light in availability Processors are watching averages on value added broccoli and cauliflower items

 

WEATHER: Warm temperatures will continue for another day in California under high pressure following numerous record highs early this week. A well organized (winter type) low pressure trough brings cooler temperatures and a slight chance of rain to the central coast Thursday. A 10% chance of showers is forecast for the Central Coast as this low sweeps in late Wednesday into Thursday. High pressure returns with above average temperatures expected into next week. We will continue to monitor Odile (updating today) and tropical storm Polo, now slowly moving up the Mexican coast towards the Baja Peninsula. This latest Pacific storm looks to follow a similar path as Norbert and Odile bringing another round of strong winds and heavy rains to Baja and western Mexico, impacting vast growing regions on its way.

 

FREIGHT: Trucks in California continue to be steady early in the week but seem to tighten up at the end of the week. Washington and Idaho trucks remain extremely tight.  Please get your orders in as early as possible.  The national average on diesel fuel remained steady again this week and is now at 3.801 per gallon. CA price also remained steady and is currently 4.062 per gallon. Crude oil is up slightly and is now 94.22 per barrel.

 

Commodity Updates

APPLES/PEARS
New York continues to pack Mac’s, Gala’s, and Ginger-gold’s. The Ginger-Gold’s are now peaking on 64-88’s and while the Macs and Galas are peaking on 88/100’s. The New York suppliers are expecting mostly large fruit this year. California is packing light volume of Granny-Smiths. The market is steady and the fruit is heavy to the smaller sizes.  Washington CA Red Delicious supplies are light and most packers are finished packing.  Some shippers are packing new-crop red delicious but the availability is light. Most new-crop reds are peaking on 88/100’s with average color.  Some Ginger-Gold’s, Early-Gold’s, and Supreme-Gold’s are available but the early golden varieties are nearly finished.  A couple shippers are packing Golden Delicious and they are spread evenly from large too small.  New-crop Granny-Smiths are steady and are peaking between 80/88’s. The Granny-Smiths are producing a lot of Premium grade fruit. Washington Gala’s are mostly steady and are peaking on to 100/113’s with good color.  A few suppliers have packed new-crop Fuji’s and they are peaking on 48-64’s.  California Bartlett pears continue to peak on 80’s and 90’s but supplies are light. The market for all sizes is steady but they will match Washington to keep business. Washington Bartlett pears are steady to lower and are peaking on 100/110’s.  Washington D‘Anjou pears are available and that market is slowly adjusting down but remains a couple dollars above the Bartlett’s. California Bosc pears are available but the volume is light and the market remains relatively strong. Washington Bosc is available and the market is slowly falling. Washington red pears are mostly steady with some lower.

ASPARAGUS
This market is steady and likely to continue for the rest of the week. Demand is light to moderate. Supplies continue to be light on extra large and jumbos. These sizes will demand a higher price. Mexico’s production is moderate. Production in Peru is moderate as well. Loading directly in Miami is an option for product out of Peru.

AVOCADO
California supplies are declining quickly as we near the end of this year’s crop over the next couple of weeks. Quality is excellent, with sizes peaking on 60’s and larger. Mexico is in transition from their Flor Loca crop into their New Crop. Remember that this New Crop will take longer to ripen, and have a tendency to remain green when ripe and ready to eat, and also have a thicker skin making it difficult to detect the degree of ripeness. Volumes crossing will be low over the next 4 to 5 weeks. 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 starting will start lightening up on green and colored bell peppers from Fresno. California red bell market appears to be on a slight upward swing. California is currently experiencing slight gaps in supplies on red bells both open field and hothouse. Supplies are meeting current demand on Red and green 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 and this will be questionable as Hurricane Odile passes. Gold bells markets continue at steady 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 Bell Pepper volume continues to be short.  Next week will see growers in the Carolinas start pepper and Georgia should be going another 7-10 days after that. This market should remain somewhat steady through this week.

BERRIES
Strawberries:
Salinas/Watsonville: Demand continues to exceed supply and quality is still an issue with shippers quoting 20% defects at loading. Most of them are citing bruising and soft fruit.  Harvest numbers are still less per acre than typically expected and labor shortage remains an issue throughout the industry.  Many fields have already been discontinued for the season.  Order only what you need at this time as quality has been fair at best and will not meet normal expectations for shelf life.  This area continues to decline in availability and quality.  A slight chance of precipitation is forecasted for this area and if we do receive it, we will see increased issues with quality and even more rapid decline in availability.  This district volume has decreased 20% from previous weeks and is continuing to decline quicker than recent history has shown.
Santa Maria:  Demand exceeds supply.  New fall crop numbers are increasing but are still below projections for harvest.  Warm weather in the evenings is beginning to affect the fruit from this area as well and quality issues may begin to show up with soft fruit and bruising. 
Oxnard:  Estimates are pointing to the third week of October before significant volumes become available and we can begin shipping orders from this area.
The market will remain strong in both Salinas/Watsonville and Santa Maria districts. 
Raspberries: Demand is strong and volume will continue to decline as California finishes up its crop.  Quality is still an issue with soft, leaky fruit.  Mexican crop is projected to be available in mid October but rain in the growing districts will likely delay this crop and decrease volumes from the start.
Blackberries: Demand is strong with lighter supplies.  Quality is still an issue with soft berries and occasional mold.  Mexican harvest has been delayed by the rain produced from recent tropical storms.  Earlier projections for Mexican crop of mid to late September have been pushed to late September into mid October.
Blueberries:  Demand is steady to decreasing and availability continues to decline.  Both the Michigan and Pacific Northwest districts have finished up their harvest and are now shipping mostly controlled atmosphere storage product.

BROCCOLI
This market is steady with most suppliers. Crowns continue to be on the light side and escalated pricing is in effect.  Processors continue to gobble up the fields as much as they can. Shippers continue to monitor twelve week averages and this will continue throughout the week.  Contracts will continue to have priority with all suppliers. Santa Maria, Salinas and Mexico are the growing areas for these commodities.

CARROTS
Bakersfield crop is dropping in volumes on Jumbo size carrots and with good demand we are see markets firm up. Quality of carrots is still very good.

CAULIFLOWER
This market continues to gain strength with most suppliers. A few suppliers are already claiming they will have no flower to sell for the rest of the week. Supplies continue to be light.  Production continues mainly out of Santa Maria and Salinas. The quality has been reported as good. Expect this commodity to be light in availability for the rest of the week.

CELERY
This market continues on a steady path. Large sizing, twenty-fours to be specific, has the best availability. Some shippers are listening to offers on volume type orders. Small sizing, thirty-six counts in particular continues to demand a higher price. Santa Maria and Salinas are the main growing regions for this commodity. The quality continues to be strong with most shippers. Demand is light, overall.

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 for limes is remaining steady.  Supplies are lightening up on small sizes while remaining steady to slight more on supplies of larger limes.  The market is rising on small sizes due to shorter supplies.  The overall quality continues to be acceptable with some yellowing and minor defects showing.

CUCUMBERS
Western Cucumber: Market is predicted to go higher as Hurricane Odile crosses Baja California. Supplies continue light from southern California until late September and we foresee gapping on product meant to come off four weeks from now.  California (Mex) cucumbers from Baja, supplies are not meeting current demand. We will have updates as to the hurricane’s impact as they become available. Supplies are available in South Texas but also very light supplies and slightly higher FOB’s. We anticipate some production from the Mexican state of Sonora but, they are at risk of suffering from the same Hurricane as is heads their direction.
Eastern Cucumbers: Supplies are good out of Michigan, the Carolinas and Georgia.  However, quality issues are showing up in much of the Michigan product as that deal winds down.  The market is up slightly this week.

EGGPLANT
Western Eggplant: California eggplant is steady but at high FOBs 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
The red grape market is fluctuating due to available sizing. The excessive heat of the last week has kept the larger fruit from coloring up as expected. This has led to a split market on the red grapes with smaller sizes readily available and the larger fruit production limited. Green grapes are also split; but due to varietal differences. Late Thompson and Princess Grapes are more readily available in the smaller sizes while Autumn King’s are running very large and demanding a premium. Black seedless continues to experience a strong export demand.

GREEN ONIONS
This market is firm with most suppliers. Limited production numbers are expected out of Mexico for the rest of the week. Processors are attempting to purchase extra acreage, but are having difficulties due to the little availability of raw material. Expect this commodity to be limited in availability throughout the week.

LEAF
The leaf market is steady, overall.  The issues of fringe burn and decay on romaine continue to be defects reported upon arrivals. Some shippers are looking to raise the price on romaine, while others are remaining firm. Green leaf and Red Leaf is steady with most suppliers. Colossal romaine hearts will continue to be very light in production.  

LETTUCE
This market is steady. There is a gap in pricing of a few dollars depending on where the purchase is made. Supplies overall are moderate to light. There continues to be issues on this commodity. Pinking, rib discoloration and russet spotting are the main defects being reported. The weights on palletized are ranging from 38-44 lbs.

MELONS
Cantaloupe:  The demand for cantaloupes has stabilized for the moment.  The supply of melons overall is matching demand and the market is steady.  Quality is good. Sizing continues to peak on 9’s and 12’s with lesser availability on small fruit.
Honeydew: The Westside fruit continues to have good quality and continues to peak on large sizes. The market is steady on all sizes.  Good demand along with good supplies has created a stable market.  Mexico is set to start around the end of September 
 
ONIONS
No change in the Onion world. The main issue currently is Trucks. All shippers have orders on the books but can’t find trucks to load them. The yellow onion market is steady out of all areas. Colossal and Super Colossal onions are hit and miss loading out of Idaho and very limited if they have them at all loading out of Washington. The red market is steady on both sizes and in all areas.  Generally speaking, the reds are on the smaller size right now but the size is improving.  Whites are steady in the northwest and supplies are growing as more shippers get in.  The quality has been good on all colors in all areas.

POTATOES
Large potatoes continue to be the strong suit. Sizing remains limited on the 40’s through 70’s with the market weakening the smaller the product available. Trucks continue to be the main issue as there is a shortage of equipment available in the Northwest. Number-twos remain short in Idaho because the Norkotahs don’t yield many. Colorado is steady on all sizes and have limited availability of 70’s and larger.  Most shippers are still heavier to 90-count and smaller and poly bags. Russets in Wisconsin are steady and also heavier to the smaller counts. Bakersfield will pack white potatoes through Wednesday and will then be finished.  Stockton, California is steady on reds and whites and they are peaking on A-size for all varieties. The California gold market is slightly higher.  Minnesota red potatoes are steady and they are peaking on A-size. Minnesota has started packing a few gold’s and they are peaking on A-size with very few B’s and smaller.  Idaho continues to pack reds and gold’s and both colors are heavy to A-size. The Idaho market is steady now that they are packing potatoes from the eastern side of the state. Wisconsin continues to pack reds and the market is steady. Wisconsin reds are also heavy to A-size.

SQUASH
Western Squash: California squash currently shipping out of Santa Maria and Fresno.  Supplies are lightening up due to gapping and recent hot weather in both growing areas. Demand also pressing and slightly lower production may push market to creep up this week especially on yellow straight neck squash. We ought to see some squash starting up again in Fresno. We may see some squash production out of the Mexican state of Sonora this week depending on the effects of Hurricane Odile.
Eastern Squash: Squash is over in Michigan for the most part and has moved to Georgia. Quality is good and supplies are tight. This market will continue to rise through the weekend as temperatures in the south begin to cool down.

STONE FRUIT
Peaches are still available with the late season varieties in the large size tray packs. Nectarines are done with a very occasional large tray pack still showing up. Plums are more readily available in both the red and black varieties. Black plums are available in all sizes with red plums also available in a more limited sizing profile. Quality on all of the late season fruit seems to be holding up very well.

TOMATOES
Western/Mexico: Round tomatoes in Eastern Mexico continue out of new fields in Jalisco as the rainy weather missed them. Production in the region will increase in the upcoming weeks as growers continue into their Autumn Harvest. Baja continues to yield smaller sized rounds as they work through the end of their summer acreage. Hot weather in Northern Baja has caused quality trouble as high humidity has the tendency for tender fruit. Although quality is inconsistent, supply in the area should remain steady for the next few weeks. Southern California growers continue to pick smaller sized tomatoes as they finish picking existing acreage. Similar to Baja, we expect their supply to increase with the start of fall production. Hurricane Odile hit the southern tip of Baja, curtailing roma, cherry, grape and vine ripe tomato crops. The immediate concern is the effect on roma tomatoes, which have been in short supply already. This will put roma tomatoes in a critical state of supply shifting emphasis to growers in California where supply is slowing down naturally for this time of season sending prices up. Aggressive pricing has the potential to slow demand next week. Grape tomatoes will also be affected by the lack of supplies. The affects of this storm are currently being assessed, but first reports indicate the fall crops of October and November have been gravely affected. Weak to fair quality and supply of grape tomatoes is keeping most fruit local not being able to withstand long transit times. Cherry tomatoes are better available out of California. Next week will bring more of the same pricing until new harvests come into play.
Eastern/Tomatoes: Summer programs are beginning to slow down in the east as North Florida begins harvesting out of the Quincy district. Limited demand is meeting sufficient supplies in the market keeping pricing relatively flat. With the need for tomatoes nationwide picking up over the past week, a rising tide has not lifted all boats in this case since local programs are still producing enough volume to meet buyer needs close to home. Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and the Virginia Coast are now hitting the end of their season and expected to remain in the game for the next 10 days or so. Roma tomatoes have shot up by dollars form weeks ago when they were stagnant for some time. Elevated price and flat demand has the potential to drive pricing back down if shippers get to greedy in a lagging market. For the mean time, shippers will command a little more money for quality fruit while the getting is good. The Atlantic coast continues to produce great supply of grape and cherry tomatoes as they cover the eastern demand until crossing over to Florida grown fruit as the weather begins to cool in the North. Next week should bring more demand which could drive up prices a few dollars.

 

Commodities At-A-Glance

Commodity

Quality

Market

Apples

Good

Steady

Asparagus

Good

Steady

Avocado (Mexican)

Good

Steady

Avocado (California)

Good

Steady

Bell Peppers (Western)

Good

Higher

Bell Pepper (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Berries: Strawberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Raspberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Blackberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Blueberries

Fair

Steady

Broccoli

Good

Steady

Carrots

Good

Higher

Cauliflower

Good

higher

Celery

Good

Steady

Citrus: Lemons

Fair

Steady

Citrus: Oranges

Fair

Steady

Cucumbers (Western)

Fair

Higher

Cucumbers (Eastern)

Fair

Higher

Eggplant (Western)

Good

Higher

Eggplant (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Grapes, Green

Good

Steady

Grapes, Red

Good

Higher

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

Good

Higher

Squash (Western)

Good

Higher

Squash (Eastern)

Good

Higher

Stone Fruit

Excellent

Higher

Tomatoes (Western)

Fair

Higher

Tomatoes (Eastern)

Good

Higher

Watermelon

Good

Steady

 

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