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Last Update: September 29, 2014

 

COMMODITY ALERT: Cantaloupes are winding down in the Westside district Rain over the weekend in the Idaho Potato growing areas will limit supplies the front part of this week Raspberries and Blackberries are very limited 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.

 

WEATHER: The exiting cold front out west will move east today as high pressure builds with drastically warmer temperature by mid-week. Inland regions will approach triple digits with coastal areas in the Upper 80s to low 90s as we continue the rollercoaster pattern between high and low pressure systems.

 

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 dropped slightly last week to 3.778 per gallon. Look for prices to drop slightly again this week when they come out later today. Crude oil is up slightly and is now 94.08 per barrel.

 

Commodity Updates

APPLES/PEARS
New York continues to pack McIntosh, Gala’s, Macoun’s, Cortland’s, Honeycrisp, and now Empires.  There are also some red and gold’s out there.  The Mac’s, Gala’s, and Macoun’s are peaking on 80/88/100’s and the markets are all steady. The Cortland’s are peaking on 72-88’s and the Honeycrisp are peaking on 56/64’s.  Small sizes are very limited in New York.  California is still packing light volume of Granny-Smiths. The market is steady to lower and they are trying to clean-up.  Washington CA reds are essentially finished.  New-crop Red Delicious is peaking on 80/88’s in the #1 and premium grades.  Small size reds remain short. The Red market is steady but there is some flex on the larger sizes.  Golden Delicious inventories are building and they are spread evenly from large too small.  The gold market is steady to lower.  Granny-Smiths are steady to lower and are peaking between 80/88’s in the premium grade.  There is some flex in the Granny’s market esp. on the larger sizes. Washington Gala’s are steady and are still peaking on to 100/113’s with good color.  The Fuji market is steady on the smaller sizes and steady to lower on 88’s and larger. Most Fuji shippers are peaking on 48-64’s. Braeburns, Sweeties, Jazz, Red Romes, and Honeycrisp are all available in Washington. California still has a few Bartlett pears but supplies are light.  Most of the remaining fruit is in the 80 and 90 sizes. Washington Bartlett pears are steady and still peaking on US #1 100/110’s.  Washington D‘Anjou pears are also steady to lower and remain 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. Demand is moderate to light. The production pattern remains unchanged, with extra large and jumbos being very tight. These sizes will demand a higher price. Mexico’s production has picked up on standard and small sizing. Production in Peru is moderate as well. 

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 are better.

BELL PEPPERS
Western Bells: Supplies are steady but will start lightening up in the next couple of weeks. California green and colored bells are steady although transitions will take place soon to southern California. Current supplies are meeting demand but we anticipate with transitions, gaps in supplies to take place. Texas currently has good supplies in mostly hothouse colored bells with some open field bells available. We anticipate an active market in October/ November as we project the lack of production from Baja California due to hurricane Odile to press markets up. Nogales will start will some bell pepper production in November/ December Gold bells markets continue at steady fobs and adequate availability.  Some greenhouse gold bell peppers are crossing through South Texas.
Eastern Bells: Green Bell Pepper is in better volume.

BERRIES
Strawberries:
Salinas/Watsonville: Quality is still the main 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.   This district volume is continuing to decline quicker than recent history has shown.  Last Thursday’s rain did cause some harvest cancellations and subsequent order and loading delays but there was not enough precipitation to end the crop up north.  We could see increased quality issues brought on by the additional moisture.  Crews were in the fields soon after the rain had ended to begin cleaning up the fruit for next day harvest.
Santa Maria:  Quality issues have begun to show up with soft fruit and bruising.  Warm nighttime temperatures have the fruit full red to overripe.  Crews are working to divert substandard fruit. 
Oxnard:  Fruit has begun in a light way and we will begin to push orders this direction as volumes increase.  
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 strengthening with light 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 with the market strengthening for new offshore fruit.  Argentine fruit has arrived in a light way in both Los Angeles and FL.  Both the Michigan and Pacific Northwest districts have finished up their harvest and are now shipping mostly controlled atmosphere storage product.

BROCCOLI
This market overall is steady. To start the week, there have been a few offers on bunched product as well as crowns. Other suppliers are holding firm to pricing. There is a gap on pricing of six to eight dollars on crowns. Processors continue to monitor twelve week averages for now. Santa Maria, Salinas and Mexico are the main growing areas for this commodity.

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
The market has softened with most suppliers. High pricing in past weeks has cooled demand down.  Production continues mainly out of Santa Maria and Salinas. The quality has been reported as good. Expect this commodity to be moderate in availability for the entire week.

CELERY
This market is steady. Large sizing, twenty-fours to be specific, has the best availability. Small sizing, thirty-six counts in particular continues to demand a higher price. With places like Michigan winding production down, more emphasis will be put on California production. For now, all demands are being met. The quality continues to be strong out of Salinas and Santa Maria.

CITRUS
Lemons: Demand continues strong and is still exceeding supply on all sizes and grades. Oxnard/Ventura is peaking on 165’s and smaller, with very little of the larger sizes. The Desert crop is slowing coming on with peak sizing on 165’s/140’s and looking at another 7 to 7 weeks before we see a higher proportion of larger fruit. Expect tight supplies to continue for 5 to 7 weeks. 
Oranges: Valencia supplies are steady. Sizing continues to favor the larger sizes of 72’s/56’s. Demand is exceeding supplies on the smaller fruit, 88’s/113’s/138’s. California Navels look to start in a limited way by the 4th week of October.
Limes: Demand for limes is less than it has been lately.  Supplies are steady on all limes.  The market is slowly coming down across the board.  The overall quality continues to be acceptable with some yellowing and minor defects showing.

CUCUMBERS
Western Cucumber: Market is steady though at high FOBs. Supplies continue light from southern California until late September early October. We foresee gapping on product meant to come off four weeks from now.  California (Mex) cucumbers from Baja, supplies are not adequately meeting current demand. Supplies are available in South Texas but also very light supplies and slightly higher FOB’s. We are starting to see some supplies cross through Nogales.  We anticipate Nogales quality to improve as production increases.
Eastern Cucumbers: Quality is good and supply should stay good.

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 grape markets continue to enjoy a very robust demand. Shippers continue to clean up daily with very little fruit carrying into the following day on all varieties. This should continue as most suppliers are ahead of their normal harvest schedules. The cooler nights we are now experiencing in the growing regions should help modify this somewhat as the fruit will begin to color up more quickly. Quality on the Vintage Red, Scarlet Royale, Autumn King and Thompson Seedless continues to be excellent. The Black Seedless also continue to enjoy a greater than normal demand in the export markets. Quality is excellent on these as well.

GREEN ONIONS
This market is softer with most suppliers. Production is only moderate, but demand has fallen off. Expect this commodity to have moderate availability throughout the week and pricing should be competitive. The quality overall has been reported to be good.

LEAF
The leaf market is steady, overall. The issues of fringe burn and decay on romaine continue to be defects reported upon arrivals. There continues to be gaps in pricing. This is due to some shippers reporting lower yields in the fields. Green leaf and Red Leaf is steady with most suppliers. Offers are being listened to. Colossal romaine hearts will continue to be very light in production. Most suppliers will be substituting with regular forty-eight count hearts.  

LETTUCE
This market is steady, overall. Supplies are moderate to light in availability. Weights are fluctuating between 37-43 pounds. There continues to be issues on this commodity. Pinking, rib discoloration and russet spotting are the main defects being reported. Supplies are expected to be moderate to light throughout the week. A gap in pricing is occurring by two-three dollars.  Demand will dictate where this market goes over the next few days.

MELONS
Cantaloupe: The demand for cantaloupes has stabilized for the moment.  The supply of melons overall is lower especially on 9’s and 12’s.  The market is climbing on 9’s and 12’s.  The Westside district is winding down with only a few shippers going this week and next.  The desert has started in a light way with volume increasing steadily for the next few weeks.  Quality is good to fair right now. Sizing is peaking on 15’s and 18’s with lesser availability on large sizes.
Honeydew: The Westside fruit continues to have good quality and continues to peak on large sizes. The market is now stable on all sizes.  Good demand along with decent supplies has created a stable market.  Mexico is going to be crossing honeydews very soon. 

ONIONS
Demand is moderate with good supplies coming out of all areas. Market is steady on most sizes and colors. Idaho has a good mix of sizes from Supers to Mediums. Washington is peaking on mediums and tops out at Colossals. Trucks are still the biggest issue Quality is being reported as good out of all areas.

POTATOES
Idaho market on large cartons (70ct and larger) are steady with 80ct and smaller slightly weaker. Rain in the growing area has slowed harvest down. A few sheds will be field running Burbanks this week. Washington potato market is steady as it goes. Trucks continue to be tight. Quality is being reported as good out of all areas. Colorado has a good mix of sizes. Market has come off to get in line with the other growing areas. Quality is good. Russets in Wisconsin are steady and also heavier to the smaller counts. Stockton, California is higher on reds due to lighter supplies and they are steady on gold’s and whites.  Stockton will pack for another week to two weeks.  Minnesota red potatoes are nearly finished for the season.  North Dakota has started packing reds and gold’s and they are steady on both colors.  The N.D. reds and gold’s are both heavier to A-size   Idaho continue to pack reds and gold’s and both colors are heavy to A-size.  The Idaho red B market is down slightly and A’s are up slightly because of a size shift.  Wisconsin continues to pack reds and gold’s and they are both steady and both peaking on A-size.  The B reds are shorter than they were in Wisconsin.

SQUASH
Western Squash: California squash is currently shipping out of Santa Maria and Fresno.  Supplies are very light due to gapping and recent hot weather in both growing areas. Demand has outpaced supplies in all growing areas. Nogales has started but with light production.  Sonora production ought to pick up pace within the next couple of weeks.  Continued high FOBs in all growing areas.
Eastern Squash: Squash is over in Michigan for the most part and has moved to Georgia. Quality is good and supplies are tight.

STONE FRUIT
Late season peaches continue to be available in the very large tray packs. The peach harvest is nearly at an end leaving us with plums as the predominant stone fruit available. Reds and Blacks are available in all sizes although as we approach the end of the season the larger sizes are more the norm. The plum season should wind down with the last of the late season varieties finishing in the next 2 weeks. Pluots are available in limited numbers and should continue to be for the next few weeks. Quality remains good on both the plums and pluots.

TOMATOES
Western/Mexico: There is a slight chance of rain in California tomorrow with weather cooling down over the next five days. California is carrying the country in tomato supplies and there are currently no backstops if they begin to fall down. 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: Quincy Florida got underway last week with volumes increasing this week. Initial quality reports are showing the results of a hot and wet summer. There are limited supplies in Virginia, with poor quality and vine ripe deals in Michigan will finish up around Oct. 10th, with Alabama and North Carolina following shortly after. Palmetto Florida is scheduled to begin production the last week of October, however, we will not see any real volume out of that area until after November 1st. 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.

WATERMELON 
Current crops are mostly packed in bins and cartons packed by request. Current production is in South Texas and Sonora.  We ought to see watermelon crossings in Nogales to increase in the next couple of weeks.

 

Commodities At-A-Glance

Commodity

Quality

Market

Apples

Good

Steady

Asparagus

Good

Steady

Avocado (Mexican)

Good

Lower

Avocado (California)

Good

Steady

Bell Peppers (Western)

Good

Higher/Steady

Bell Pepper (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Berries: Strawberries

Fair

Steady

Berries: Raspberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Blackberries

Fair

Higher

Berries: Blueberries

Fair

Steady

Broccoli

Good

Steady

Carrots

Good

Steady

Cauliflower

Good

Lower

Celery

Good

Steady

Citrus: Lemons

Fair

Steady

Citrus: Oranges

Fair

Steady

Cucumbers (Western)

Fair

Steady

Cucumbers (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Eggplant (Western)

Good

Steady

Eggplant (Eastern)

Good

Steady

Grapes, Green

Good

Steady

Grapes, Red

Good

Higher

Green Onions

Good

Lower

Lettuce: Leaf

Fair

Steady

Lettuce: Iceberg

Fair

Steady

Melons: Cantaloupe

Good

Higher

Melons: Honeydew

Good

Steady

Onions

Good

Steady

Pears

Good

Steady

Potatoes

Good

Steady

Squash (Western)

Good

Steady

Squash (Eastern)

Good

Higher

Stone Fruit

Excellent

Higher

Tomatoes (Western)

Fair

Higher

Tomatoes (Eastern)

Good

Higher

Watermelon

Good

Steady

 

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Royal Food Service Will Present Its Produce and Perishable Products at the Atlanta Foodservice Expo, October 13-14, 2014 - BOOTH #2229

Atlanta, 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. The event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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

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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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