Limited Iceberg Lettuce and Romaine Supplies

The current landscape of iceberg lettuce and romaine supplies are being affected by a multitude of outstanding factors, challenging availability and pricing. Some of our post popular leafy products such as head lettuces, value added lettuces, salad mixes, etc. may be affected by this market’s turbulence.

Iceberg Lettuce Supply Constraints:

Iceberg lettuce supplies are becoming increasingly tight due to adverse weather conditions in Yuma, AZ, including freezing temperatures, rain, and hail. These weather events have caused quality issues such as hail damage on the outer leaves, resulting in lighter weights. As a result, very light supplies are expected for the next couple of weeks.

Anticipated Price Increases:

With limited supplies, prices for iceberg lettuce are expected to continue rising in the coming weeks. Suppliers are closely monitoring inventory levels and some may only be covering contract averages. Additionally, trucks may need to make extra pickups to fulfill orders, and suppliers may resort to using outside labels to cover contracts and market orders.

Limited Romaine and Romaine Heart Supplies:

Lower yields of Romaine and Romaine Hearts have also been reported due to erratic weather conditions in Yuma, AZ over the past month. Suppliers are working to spread out their supplies to prevent major gaps as we approach the end of the Yuma season.

Expectations Moving Forward:

– Suppliers will closely monitor inventory levels of Romaine and Romaine Hearts to prevent significant gaps in the market.

– Prices for both open market and contract orders are expected to escalate due to limited supplies.

– Trucks may need to make additional pickups to meet demand for Romaine and Romaine Hearts.

 

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