Market expected to remain active the next few weeks. Mexico production continues to decrease. Peru arrivals will be the major source now for Mother’s Day as weather has delayed domestic harvest in Washington and Michigan.
Continue to see shortages out of Mexico and believe the biggest contributing factor is simple lack of fruit in the groves. The other factors such as the blockade disrupted the flow of product; the fact remains that Mexico is very low on fruit and does not have enough fruit to meet weekly US demand. California weather has been heating up with multiple heat advisories posted. CA field prices are following the lead of Mexico and are up across the board. CA is harvesting around 11 million lbs. per week which is an increase from last week. California size curve is still peaking on 60’s with 70’s and 48’s following.
Broccoli & Cauliflower
Good supplies to meet demand needs for both broccoli and cauliflower.
Market remains active with lower supplies being reported. Unsettled markets for the next 7-10 days.
Same as previous weeks on carrots out of CA. Suppliers still are struggling at times with capacity issues on snack packs. Jumbos remain short out of CA and one shipper not shipping Jumbos in cartons. Carrot sticks for some also remain a challenge with the main carrot processor only packing a 2-inch stick, instead of a 4-inch stick.
Florida spring crop is in full swing. All colors are available and in good promotable volumes. Market is variable by quality being reported. Size of corn will be getting larger as season matures. Mexico is basically done for the season. California Imperial Valley has started with good quality and volume.
Florida cucumber supply good, quality good and demand very strong, market remains. Mexico expecting better supplies late week with new acreage starting up and demand is moderate.
Florida eggplant supply light, quality fair, and market very strong. Mexico supplies limited with good demand. Coachella starting next month in a limited manner.
Florida bean supply steady, quality good and market steady. Mexico very little supplies with very few suppliers left currently as the season wraps up. Coachella starting soon.
Iceberg, Leaf and Romaine
Markets on iceberg, romaine and romaine hearts continue to adjust as demand has calmed and new growing regions have started.
Market active, reds and whites. Southern California transition has begun this week, with WA/ID working to hold product for a smooth transition. Texas firmer with rain again which will impact harvest, once S Cal volume improves that should take some pressure off Texas. Quality varies by region.
Florida green bell supply remains light and will continue to be light until Georgia starts. Market active . Red and yellow bells extremely short out of Florida. Mexico green bells continue to wind down, Coachella greens slow to get going; market will remain elevated for at least another week. Mexico reds finishing in some spots but not all and Baja ramping up. Coachella reds to start mid-May. Markets active with moderate demand.
Markets are steady with flat demand both east and west on all varieties. Markets should continue to improve in the next 1-2 weeks as transition from South FL to Central FL is complete.