Market Report – updated June 27, 2024

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Market Alerts

Apples – Apple supplies remain strong. In July, you can expect some holes in
inventories to appear. There will be a decline in golds, honeys, and pinks. Galas will continue to be tight. Reds, Granny Smiths, and Fuji will stay in good supply throughout the summer.

Asparagus – ALERT! In the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, asparagus supplies will remain tight. Leading up to the holiday, many retailers are taking ad volume. Southern Baja has been experiencing temperatures above 100 degrees for about a week, causing asparagus to go dormant. This is also yielding more smaller sizing as opposed to larger sizes. Peru is also experiencing warm weather and producing less asparagus. Through the 4th of July holiday, this market will be tight

Avocados ALERT! Effective the evening of Friday, June 14, 2024, the USDA suspended avocado harvesting and shipments from Michoacán, Mexico, due to a social protest blocking roads in Aranza. Two USDA inspectors were detained but safely returned to Uruapan. Mexican authorities and the USDA are working to resume harvesting. While some fruit is still en route, supplies will become scarce until the suspension is lifted. California and Peru cannot fully cover the gap, so market prices will rise. Force Majeure clauses are being discussed among suppliers, with some pushing for immediate effect.

Bell Peppers – As Bakersfield has been slow to get going, greens prices remain high. By early July, the east coast supply will be adequate, and production will continue to transition in several areas. The Coachella Valley has been experiencing high temperatures, which have resulted in low yields and poor quality field pack reds.

Berries (Blackberries) – The seasonable weather is helping to produce good numbers of West Coast production accompanied by Mexican transfers from CMEX and Baja, CA. The markets are expected to remain steady through next week.
Production in Georgia is nearing its end. The demand is light.

Berries (Blueberries) – The recent heat has resulted in lower yields on the Central California Coast. To help fill orders, product is still arriving from Mexico. New Jersey and North Carolina are still going. Pacific Northwest season has begun and will ramp up over the next couple of weeks. Next week, Michigan will start in a light way. There are transfers of Northeastern product available in Miami from Jersey and North Carolina.

Berries (Raspberries) – Most of the product is coming in from Baja and CMEX. Production on the West Coast remains moderate. The demand is light.

Berries (Strawberries) – ALERT! In anticipation of the 4th of July holiday, strawberry demand has increased, leaving shippers short of immediate open market supplies. This temporary shortage is due to aggressive retail promotions. The Santa Maria area is all but finished, putting more pressure on Salinas and Watsonville. On the front end of next week, we expect this uptick in the market to fade as holiday demand dissipates. Production should remain strong in the North, but we are just past peak. The weather is ideal, which keeps quality high.

Broccoli – ALERT! In Salinas, Santa Maria, and Mexico, broccoli is in short supply. Overall lighter supplies are driven by lower yields caused by quality issues. There are pin rots, yellow beads, hollow cores, and decay in the fields that are reducing production. Most of these quality issues are visible at harvest, and harvesters are leaving affected heads behind. As a result of the warmer weather and recent hailstorms, Mexico’s supplies are also limited.

Brussels Sprouts– The supply of Brussels sprouts remains tight. The warm weather in Mexico is causing discoloration and an increase in bugs.

Carrots – The whole carrot market remains steady. The main growing region is Bakersfield. The sizing looks good. No issues for the foreseeable future.

Cauliflower – Cauliflower supplies and quality have continued to improve this week.

Celery – With most shippers, this market has remained unchanged. There has been a problem with large sizing among some suppliers. Although slight seeder has been reported, overall quality remains strong. Salinas production is much heavier than in previous weeks. There is ample supply in southern California to meet demand.

Citrus (Lemons) ALERT! The fruit is at its peak on 115ct and larger sizes. It will continue to be extremely tight in 165ct and smaller sizes through the summer. The market for 140ct and smaller will remain strong. District 1 (San Joaquin Valley) is finished, leaving District 2 (Oxnard/Ventura County) as the main growing region and peaking at larger fruit.

Citrus (Limes) – The fruit is at its peak on 115ct and larger sizes. It will continue to be extremely tight in 165ct and smaller sizes through the summer. The market for 140ct and smaller will remain strong. District 1 (San Joaquin Valley) is finished, leaving District 2 (Oxnard/Ventura County) as the main growing region and peaking at larger fruit.

Citrus (Oranges) – The navels are pretty finished; Valencias are the main variety. Valencia’s crop will mirror Navel’s. Fruit will peak at 72ct and larger; 88/113/138ct will be tight through the Valencia season once summer break is over for schools. Valencias are currently available in the Central Valley and Riverside. Brix on the Valencia’s are in the 12 range

Cucumbers – Out west, Baja, CA is the main growing region as Western Mexico is reaching its end. By early July, we will start seeing more local deals emerge from several growing districts, including NJ, VA, OH, and MI.

Eggplant – On both coasts, markets are fairly steady enough to meet demand.

Garlic – ALERT! Mexico continues to produce limited amounts of garlic of fair quality. For the next few weeks, expect the market to remain steady. From the end of July to the beginning of August, domestic supplies begin.

Grapes (Green) – Mexican grapes are going full speed in Nogales, AZ, with good volumes and high quality crossings. Coachella’s harvest is also in full swing at much
higher prices than Nogales’. Bakersfield will be the next district to start in the second week of July. A short overlap will occur between Mexico and Bakersfield.

Grapes (Red) – Mexican grapes are going full speed in Nogales, AZ, with good volumes and high quality crossings. Coachella’s harvest is also in full swing at much
higher prices than Nogales’. Bakersfield will be the next district to start in the second week of July. A short overlap will occur between Mexico and Bakersfield.

Green Onions – There is a good supply of green onions this week, and they are of
better quality. Next week should be a good week for supplies.

Kale – Supplies and quality are good heading into the weekend.

Lettuce (Iceberg) – Both northern and southern California have better availability for this commodity. Value-added lettuce items continue to escalate, but escalation will drop to first tier triggers by the end of the week. As a result of favorable weather conditions, there has been a drop in demand for this commodity

Lettuce Leaf – Shippers are flexing on romaine and green and red leaf. The availability is excellent. The availability of Romaine hearts is also strong. The trend will continue throughout the week. As we enter the summer months, demand for lettuce items is down. It has been reported that most leaf items are of good weight and have minimal defects. This will continue throughout the week.

Lettuce Tender Leaf – There is a limited supply of tender leaf items like cilantro and Italian parsley. Due to all the rain and excessive moisture, quality is experiencing bacterial spotting. For the next couple of weeks, these markets will remain tight.

Melons (Cantaloupe) – Due to the transition, the cantaloupe market has been steady and demand is increasing. Yields are expected to be lower this week due to growers holding product for contracted orders later in the week.

Melons (Honeydew) – ALERT! Due to lower yields in the desert, the honeydew market is tight. Mexican crossings are lower, leaving a gap in smaller fruit. There
will be a shortage of markers until the West Side crop is available.

Melons (Watermelon) –The demand for Mexican watermelons is high due to retail holiday bids in Nogales, AZ and Texas. Warmer weather has improved the quality and yield of products in Northern Mexico. Great quality watermelons are available from AL, GA, and FL on the East Coast.

Mushrooms – All foodservice packs are available and in excellent supply

Onions ALERT! Yellow supplies are plentiful. Prices for white and red onions are rising due to increased demand from Mexico. .

Pears – New crop California Bartlett pears will begin shipping just south of Sacramento during the second week of July, causing the pear market to remain tight. Early California crop looks to be about 80% of last year’s. There are only small inventories of Anjou, Bosc, and Red Anjou left for Washington shippers. Only a few shippers will still have Anjou at the start of July. Bartletts are now available on both coasts.

Pineapples – Due to limited spot market opportunities, suppliers are focusing on their contracts. Tropical weather has caused fruit to mature faster than normal, resulting in lower yields. As a result of the holiday, larger fruit is impacted and demand remains steady.

Potatoes – he number of 40 – 70 CT is fewer than in recent weeks as burbanks become the last variety available.

Squash – There are plenty of supplies available at a promotional volume. In addition to Baja, Santa Maria, Northwest, NC, MI, OH,NJ,NY, there are several other regions that offer availability

Stone Fruit – There is a good supply of peaches, plums, and nectarines in the central valley. In July, we will see better varieties come on as we move through the month. Washington cherries have started and will be coming into better volume at the end of June and the start of July. The Chilean Kiwi market is steady to slightly lower.

Tomatoes ALERT! The markets are escalating. As northern transitions on both coasts and western MX conclude, overall supply has decreased. Until newer areas get going for the summer, the market should remain active through early July.

Weather

California – There was no sign of any mildly cooler temperatures Tuesday, and similar minor heat wave conditions are expected today, with sea breeze winds gusting up to 35 mph. Coastal lows will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s with daytime highs in the low 60s to mid 70s and low 80s to 100 further inland. As the marine layer deepens tomorrow, temperatures will cool by 4-7 degrees away from the coast, with maximums falling to the low 70s to the low 80s in coastal valleys and upper 70s to low 90s inland.

Mexico – Showers and thunderstorms will be isolated to scattered throughout the weekend. Most showers will produce 0.05″ to 0.25″ of rain, but thunder-storms could produce 1″ to 2″ of rain. Through the weekend, temperatures will average a few degrees below normal as showers limit some afternoon heating. Most days through the weekend, highs will be in the low 70s or low 80s. The lows will be in the upper 50s to mid 60s through Sunday morning

Florida – Over the weekend, sea breeze showers and thunder-storms will cause isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms across the state. Some of this activity will also be fueled by warm and humid weather conditions. Through June 28th, winds will gust between 15 and 22 mph.

Arizona – As high pressure stalls over the southwest, no noticeable change in temperature is expected through the weekend. In Yuma County and central Arizona, highs will be in the 105-110 range, with 111-116 in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys. Today and Thursday, morning lows will be in the low-mid 80s, with a slight cooling Friday and Saturday. Over Yuma County, moderate winds out of the south are likely to gust to 20-25mph today, and 15-20mph gusts are likely on Thursday.

At Peak Season

Grapes

Strawberries

Freight

We are anticipating a better-than-expected holiday market compared to years past especially with the holiday landing on a Thursday this year. However, the freight market is still very active, and we encourage those looking to book trucks, to focus on Wednesday loading. Friday the 5th will be a very busy loading day especially in Salinas.

Commodities at a Glance

Apples Quality is good, pricing is steady

Asparagus Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Avocado Quality is good, pricing is higher

Bell Peppers Quality is good, pricing is higher

Berries (blackberries) Quality is good, pricing is lower

Berries (blueberries) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (raspberries) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (strawberries) Quality is good, pricing is higher

Broccoli Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Brussels Sprouts Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Carrots Quality is good, pricing is lower

Cauliflower Quality is good, pricing is steady

Celery Quality is good, pricing is steady

Citrus (Lemons) Quality is good, pricing is higher

Citrus (Limes) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Citrus (Oranges) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cucumbers Quality is good, pricing is steady

Eggplant Quality is good, pricing is steady

Garlic Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Grapes (Green) Quality is good, pricing is lower

Grapes (Red) Quality is good, pricing is lower

Green Onions Quality is good, pricing is lower

Kale Quality is good, pricing is steady

Lettuce Iceberg Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Lettuce Leaf Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Lettuce Tender Leaf Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Melon (cantaloupe) Quality is good, pricing is higher

Melon (honeydew) Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (watermelon) Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Onions Quality is good, pricing is higher

Pears Quality is good, pricing is higher

Pineapples Quality is good, pricing is steady

Potatoes Quality is good, pricing is lower

Squash Quality is good, pricing is lower

Stone Fruit Quality is good, pricing is steady

Tomatoes Quality is good, pricing is higher

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