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Last Update: November 24, 2014

 

COMMODITY ALERT: Strawberry demand exceeds supply. Very limited availability Idaho large cartons 60 counts and larger very limited Truck availability for Onions and Potatoes is in a demand exceeds supply situation Apples-the eastern shippers are short on the smaller sizes and Washington is into larger fruit so stay ahead on the smaller sizes Cauliflower supplies are very light with all suppliers.

 

WEATHER: A high pressure ridge building out west will bring a warming trend and strong winds to the West Coast this week. Temperatures in Sothern California and the Desert regions will remain in the 70s warming into the 80s through the week, with gusty winds (25-45mph) as the ridge moves into place. Cold mornings are forecast for the desert regions with possible lettuce ice in the colder eastern valleys today into Wednesday morning. On the East Coast a slow moving cold front will approach the Northern half of Florida with rain likely to begin this afternoon. Rain will continue into Wednesday with over an inch expected north of Tampa Bay. A cold pool of air behind this system will bring cold temperatures (upper 30s) to the region on Friday.

 

FREIGHT: Trucks in California are steady but will be extremely tight on Friday. Arizona trucks remain tighter than normal. Washington and Idaho trucks continue to be tight which is normal for this time of year. Please continue to get your orders in as early as possible. The national average on diesel fuel remained steady last week and is now 3.661 per gallon. Pricing should trend steady when it comes out later today. Crude oil remained steady and is currently at 75.03 per barrel.

 

Commodity Updates

APPLES/PEARS
New York is packing McIntosh, Gala’s, Macoun’s, Cortland’s, Honeycrisp, Empires, Red Romes, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Fuji’s. The New York suppliers have only light availability on 88’s and larger due to strong demand.  The eastern slicers are taking many of 100/113’s and the 125/138/140 supplies are limited.  Michigan is packing Cortland’s, Empires, Fuji’s, and Gala’s, Golden Delicious, Granny-Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonagolds, Jonamacs, Jonathans, McIntosh, Red Delicious, and Red Romes.  Most Michigan varieties are peaking on 88/100’s and they have more 125/138’s than most other districts. Many Michigan shippers are only packing the larger fruit to order because Washington is so cheap.  Washington Red Delicious is steady and continues to peak on 80’s and larger in the WX#1 and premium grades.  113 and smaller reds remain short in all grades.  Golden Delicious is steady on all sizes.  Golden’s have better availability on 88’s and larger.  Granny-Smiths are mostly steady on all sizes and continue to peak on premium 80/88’s.  125 & smaller Grannies are extremely short.  Washington Gala’s are mostly steady and still are peaking on 88/100’s.  The size-profile for Gala’s is larger now that the early varieties are finished.  The Fuji market is steady on 100’s and smaller while 88’s and larger are steady with some flex for volume.  Braeburns, Jonagolds, Sweeties, Jazz, Red Romes, Cameo’s, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady’s are all available in Washington. Most of the Washington varietals are peaking on the larger sizes.  Washington Bartlett pears are steady and are peaking on US#1 90/100’s & larger.  Smaller Bartlett’s remain limited.  Washington D‘Anjou pears are also steady and are peaking on 100’s & larger.  Washington Bosc is steady and has more of the smaller fruit than the green pears.  Washington red pears are steady on all sizes.

ASPARAGUS
This market has begun the week steady. Supplies continue to be good overall out of Mexico. Demand is expected to be light throughout the week. Jumbo sizing continues to be light in availability. This size is commanding a higher price.  Production in Peru is moderate. Better FOB pricing exist if loading out of Florida product from Peru. Jumbos also are commanding a higher price out of this area as well.

AVOCADO
Mexico’s is going well with volume stabilizing as we get into a normal flow of fruit. Supplies are very good on 60’s and 70’s, but still light the 48’s and larger. This early season fruit will 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.

BELL PEPPERS
Western Bells:  Supplies are lightening up and we are experiencing extreme demand exceeds. 
California green and colored bell production is starting to taper off. Current supplies on red bells are not meeting demand and we anticipate with transitions, gaps in supplies to take place. Texas has lighter supplies in mostly hothouse colored bells with some open field bells available. We have some colored hot house bells in Nogales. We are currently in an active market now as we project the lack of production from Baja California due to hurricane Odile which is affecting current markets. Nogales will have its traditional start in bell pepper production by late November/ December there are however; some availability on green bells in Nogales from early starting fields and product brought in from other districts. Markets are higher due to added demand. Green bells are increasing in production and adequate availability on all sizes.
Gold bells market is steady as transitions have taken place. Some greenhouse gold bell peppers are crossing through South Texas and Nogales.
Eastern Bells: Central and South Florida are both now working pepper but weather has been cool and rainy, slowing down the picking.  However, demand will be slack at the front of the week, keeping this market from rising.  Look for it to gain strength going into the weekend.

BERRIES
Strawberries:  DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY.   We are extremely short on fruit in all areas.  This will likely be the situation until early to mid December when FL is scheduled to begin harvest and MX should be crossing better volumes of strawberries.  Shippers are focused on covering contracts and we are being fill-rated on a daily basis.  Extremely limited quantity available for open market orders going into this week.  Special packs such as stems and pints will not be available. 
Raspberries:  Product may continue to tighten up this week as rain has interrupted production in the MX growing regions over the last weeks.  Some shippers have better availability if they were not pulling fruit out of the affected areas.
Blackberries: Lighter availability with lower volumes crossing over from Mexico.  Product has tightened up this week as rain has interrupted production in the MX growing regions.  Transfers of product are delayed and causing some loading delays.  Quality issues being reported with soft fruit, some mold.
Blueberries:  Availability will be volatile depending on where you choose to load as product is being transferred daily to meet order requirements.  Fruit has tightened up this week as rain has interrupted production in the Central American and MX growing regions.

BROCCOLI
The market is softer to begin the week. The holiday pull is over so regular business is expected to be moderate at best. Broccoli crowns are lighter in availability compared to bunched product. Santa Maria, Yuma and light supplies in Salinas are the main growing regions for this commodity. Mexico has moderate production available if needed.

CARROTS
The long hot California summer and drought is now really showing on the Bakersfield crop. The fields are not sizing well and the volume on Jumbo and medium size carrots continue to drop off. We expect tight supplies on Jumbo and medium carrots for next 2 to 3 months until we get into the desert crop. Markets are firming up on Jumbos and Cello’s. Quality of carrots is still good.

CAULIFLOWER
This market is strong. Demand exceeds supply and this will likely continue throughout the week.  Escalated pricing is in effect. Salinas has very light supplies. Santa Maria and Yuma are very light in availability as well.  The quality continues to be up and down with issues of brown spotting and discoloration.

CELERY Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco
Although the holiday pull is over, this market remains active. Thanksgiving ads are finishing up. Expect this commodity to be moderate to light in availability for the entire week. Currently, production is out of Santa Maria, and Oxnard.  Salinas has light availability as well. The quality continues to be good out of all the growing regions.

CITRUS
Lemons: The market is easing as we see increasing supplies out of the desert regions. We are seeing better quality and peak sizing on 140’s/115’s and 165’s.
Oranges: Navel production continues to ramp up and most all packing houses are packing. Internal maturity on the Navels is ahead of normal. Size is currently peaking 88’s/113’s/72’s/138’s/56’s.
Limes:  The market is coming down on all sizes.  Demand is lower and supplies are steady.  The overall quality continues to be acceptable with some yellowing and minor defects showing. 

CUCUMBERS
Western Cucumber: Market is steady. Production from Sonora is steady but we’re experiencing some lots with quality issues. Supplies should be adequate from here on out barring any weather issues.  Sonoran supplies are making up for the affected Baja production due to the past storm damage. We ought to see some production start from Sinaloa this week.
Eastern Cucumbers: Florida continues to be light on domestic cucumbers.  Market should remain steady until the off shore deal starts in another 2-3 weeks.

EGGPLANT
Western Eggplant: California eggplant is basically done. Demand is still outpacing supplies. Mexican production is heavy towards 24ct and very light on 18ct.  Current market uptick is attributed to waning domestic supplies and added demand.
Eastern Eggplant: The eggplant market is up due to Georgia finishing and Florida not yet into any volume. Market will remain high and supplies scarce for a couple more weeks.

GRAPES
The red seedless market is continuing to. We are seeing a wide range of prices due to quality after the recent rains; and a wide range of sizes between varietals. We expect to see the Vintage Reds to command a premium as the harvest winds down and the larger fruit becomes scarcer. The end of season harvest is heavy to Crimsons and they are not holding up as well as the vintage for color or condition. The green seedless market continues to accelerate as well due to a much lighter supply currently and for the coming weeks. This will be the case until the Chilean fruit comes into volume around the first week of January.

GREEN ONIONS
This market is steady overall. Demand has fallen off slightly. Expect production in Mexico to have moderate to good availability for the rest of the week. Small sizing continues to be the sizing most readily available. Mexico’s weather in the growing regions continues to be favorable.

LEAF
The romaine market overall is steady. There are a few shippers offering lower pricing.  Escalated pricing is in effect on bunched product as well as hearts. The quality in Yuma has picked up. Slight seeder and tip burn exists but nothing compared to past weeks. The weights on romaine have been averaging 26-32 pounds. Green and red leaf items are firm. Colossal romaine hearts are almost non-existent. Regular romaine hearts are also light in availability. 

LETTUCE
Demand has fallen off, and with most shippers starting to have big production numbers, availability is good. Weights are fluctuating between 38- 43 pounds. Slight seeder still exists but the quality is definitely getting stronger. Many shippers have begun the week listening to offers as they hope to keep inventories clean through the week. This is a good item to promote. Expect steady supplies throughout the week.  

MELONS
Cantaloupe: The desert is on the road to being finished for the season by the end of November.  Offshore melons are arriving in Florida.  The sizing continues to peak on 9’s and 12’s with fewer 15’s and even fewer 18’s.  The market is holding steady at current levels.  Supplies are currently matching demand.  Quality is good on all lopes.
Honeydew:  Mexico and the desert have adequate supplies and are heavy towards 5’s and 6’s.  The market is steady on all sizes.  Offshore dews are arriving now with 5’s and 6’s being the main sizes.  Quality is good on all of them.

ONIONS
All areas have plenty of onions, all sizes and color. Trucks are the biggest issue or I should say lack of Trucks. Rates are high. Christmas Trees are taking up most of the truck that usually run onions. Quality is good. Stay ahead on your onions supplies due to trucks being so tight.

POTATOES
Idaho – Market continues to rise on 70ct and larger. Most shippers are only getting a handful to few hundred a day if they are lucky.  Let’s hope that they get into better size storages soon. Please pre-book all orders with 70ct potatoes and larger 4 to 5 days in advance.  Quality is good.  Trucks are also a big issue in the potato world. This week will be a short week for the potato sheds, which will only run through Wednesday. I would stay ahead on your potato inventories with trucks being tight and the short week. Washington/Colorado – Sizing from 40ct to 120ct is much better in both of these growing areas Trucks are tight. Market is firm. Quality is being reported as good.
Wisconsin – Market is firm with good quality. Trucks are tight out of this area also. Sizing is peaking on 70ct. Quality is being reported as good. 
Bakersfield, California - continues to ship Washington red, white, and gold potatoes.  The market for all colors and all sizes is steady.  Premium and Bakers reds and gold’s are limited.  Western Washington is steady on all colors and they are peaking on A-size reds while the whites and gold’s are heavier to B-size.  Washington shippers are still dealing on volume A-size red orders.  The North Dakota red market is steady but strong due to increased holiday demand.  Gold’s in North Dakota are steady on all sizes.   N.D. is peaking on A-size reds while the gold’s are producing more B’s.   Idaho reds and gold’s are both steady and both are still peaking on A-size.  Wisconsin reds and gold’s is both steady.  The Wisconsin reds are heavy to A-size while the Gold’s are split between A’s and B‘s.

SQUASH
Western Squash: California squash is done.  Extreme demand exceeds. Supplies are off from Sonora and higher demand is pressing market upwards. Lighter supplies as some Sonoran growers taper off in production.
Eastern Squash: With squash now finished in Georgia and increased demand from the West, this market has become very tight, with green being the most difficult to find.

STONE FRUIT
Apricots, as well as Chilean cherries are now available by air. Supplies continue to increase weekly and should result in the markets adjusting down as supplies become more plentiful. The first containers of Chilean peaches and nectarines are expected in around the second to third week of December.

TOMATOES
Western/Mexico: The entire country is feeling the effects of Baja California being out of production, due to the extreme weather this fall. The West has light supply and color on both Romas and rounds with the biggest effect of weather being felt on roma tomatoes. Roma supplies are in a critical state. Florida is not a big producer of Romas, and with Baja out of the picture, our country finds itself dependent on Mexican supplies. FOB pricing has reached as high as 32.95 out of Nogales and supplies are in very few hands.  Southern California will be finishing up next week, which sends us to Mexico for all Western products. Both Mexican growing areas that are in production are experiencing reduced yields due to normal seasonal decline and past weather issues. Availability is expected to remain tight until Western Mexico cranks up at the first of the year.
Eastern/Tomatoes: The three hurricanes that Baja received have continued to plague this tomato market, shortening supplies for the west. This has forced the country to look toward Florida for supplies. Mexico is trickling with supplies, with no real volume until January 15h. Ruskin and Palmetto, Florida is in full production, however, rain and cool temps have brought things to a halt.  Florida did not pick a tomato so far this week and are scheduled to return to the fields tomorrow. Immokalee, Florida will get started this week, with more volume expected next week. This will give us second and third picking out of Ruskin/Palmetto, and crown picking out of Immokalee for next week. This should help to ease the round market. Romas remain in critical supply, closely followed by grapes and cherries. We expect to see some relief next week and into the following with regard to grapes and cherries. Romas, on the other hand could remain a challenge through December.

WATERMELON 
Current crops are mostly packed in bins and cartons packed by request. Increasing volumes through Nogales and Market is holding steady albeit at high FOBs. Current production is in South Texas and some in Sonora.  We ought to see watermelon crossings in Nogales to increase in the next couple of weeks. We still have a demand exceeds market due to lower than expected yields from Mexican production.

 

Commodities At-A-Glance

Commodity

Quality

Market

Apples

Good

Steady

Asparagus

Good

Steady

Avocado (Mexican)

Good

Steady

Avocado (California)

Done

Done

Bell Peppers (Western)

Good

Steady/Higher

Bell Pepper (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Berries: Strawberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Raspberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Blackberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Blueberries

Fair

Higher

Broccoli

Good

Lower

Carrots

Good

Higher

Cauliflower

Fair

Higher

Celery

Good

Higher

Citrus: Lemons

Good

Lower

Citrus: Oranges

Good

Steady

Cucumbers (Western)

Good

Steady

Cucumbers (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Eggplant (Western)

Good

Steady

Eggplant (Eastern)

Good

Higher

Grapes, Green

Good

Steady

Grapes, Red

Good

Higher

Green Onions

Good

Steady

Lettuce: Leaf

Good

Steady

Lettuce: Iceberg

Good

Lower

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)

Good

Steady

Tomatoes (Eastern)

Good

Lower

Watermelon

Good

Higher

 

Recent Events


Closed Thanksgiving Day. Plan Your Pre-cut and Bulk Produce Deliveries.

Royal Food Service will be CLOSED Thursday, November 27th, 2014 and return to normal business on Friday, November 28th, 2014. Please refer to the schedules below to order and plan for your Pre-cut and Bulk Produce deliveries. If you have questions, please contact your Royal Sales Rep or our Customer Service team at 404.366.4299.

METRO ATLANTA & ATHENS CUSTOMERS

DAY

DATE

NOTES

Tuesday

Nov 25th

Order Pre-cut items for Friday by 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday

Nov 26th

Order heavy on PRE-CUT and BULK PRODUCE for Friday delivery. PRE-CUT ITEMS for Friday must be ordered before NOON.

Thursday

Nov 27th

Royal will be CLOSED. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday

Nov 28th

Royal will be OPEN. Normal Metro Atlanta deliveries resume.

Saturday

Nov 29th

Normal deliveries.

OUTSIDE METRO ATLANTA CUSTOMERS

DAY

DATE

NOTES

Monday

Nov 24th

Order enough for Tuesday delivery to last until Saturday.

Tuesday

Nov 25th

Receive last delivery until Saturday.

Wednesday

Nov 26th

Normal deliveries.

Thursday

Nov 27th

Royal will be CLOSED. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday

Nov 28th

Royal will be OPEN.

Saturday

Nov 29th

Normal deliveries.


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.

 


 

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