April 28, 2023

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We are nearing breast season with random breast for Cinco De Mayo and portion breast for Mother’s Day and catered events. Stay ahead of fresh breast as much as you can going into the first week of May.

Shell Eggs

No new Avian influenza impacts reported over the last couple of weeks, we continue to monitor the situation closely.


The snow crab prices are hovering at a 15-year low!


Shell egg markets are weak, supplies are long against soft demand, causing declines for four weeks. Cheese markets remain soft, with continued drops in Block/Barrel Markets. Butter markets remain steady. Cream and culture pricing will have nominal decreases for the month of May.

Grains / Oil

Soybean oil futures moved higher last week on poor South American crop news and weather in the US. It did trade lower as the week progressed due to trader selling. Canola was lower but expected to move higher with some snow, rain, and worker strikes. Palm was higher with tight but improving stocks.

To learn more contact your local Sales Consultant. Market Corner Produce information reflects both US and Canadian markets. All other commodity information is based on US market data only.

Produce Market Updates



Market higher and volume continues to not meet demand. Organic Arugula is short, but harvesting has begun, and growers are starting catch up to the demand.


Local regions have started, Peru remains 30 to 40 percent lower than historical averages with only fair quality. Market steady to lower.


Broccoli supplies looks to be improving for most growers over the next 1-2 weeks, market is softer but still elevated at higher levels.

Cabbage – Green & Red

Market steady on both green and red, Salinas season expected to start in May.

Cauliflower Alert

Market remains elevated on light supplies and few growers gapping. Mexico was hit with hail, damage was significant.

Cilantro & Parlsey

Cilantro supplies are tight, but suppliers are keeping up to demand. Curly parsley is snug but has better availability than Italian (Flat) parsley.

Green and Red leaf, Boston lettuce – Alert

Market higher on both red and green leaf as some growers are not keeping up with the demand.

Italian Parsley

Critically short as several growers are gapping this week , volume should start to pick up the first week of May as more volume comes on in Salinas.


Overall good supplies with very few supply disruptions. The market remains steady.


This market continues to be active as more growing areas are finishing up. Rain in South Texas continues to keep supplies limited. Southern California is now beginning to ship new crop onions.


East Coast – Supply is improving on greens and market lower, Red and Yellow volume better, but market is slow to come down. West- New region to start next week will help the limited supplies of #1 grade. Plenty of choice available. Reds and Yellows later start, remain limited.


Suppliers are doing everything they can to stretch the storage crop out to avoid a gap between the new crop, which is very probable with the late winter they are having. Large sizes are very limited with best availability on the smaller end of the range. Market is trending higher.

Snow/Snap Peas

Market higher on both as the Mexico region winds down and Salinas is behind in ramping up due to past weather events. Demand is expected to exceed supplies into mid May.


Out east, we will see escalating markets on rounds (specifically XL\L sized fruit) & Roma’s due to increased rainfall out East. Grape and cherry markets remain stable. Out west, Mexican round, grape, and cherry markets are stable, but roma markets remain firm.



Demand remains strong and price points are holding. Market is expected to remain stable through 4/26.

Citrus – Alert

Lemons – Small fruit, fancy and choice are tight, inventories are healthy on large fancy and choice across the board. Active market and prices on open market are going up.

Oranges – Navel size structure is starting to shift. Current peak is a 72/88, grading heavier into choice. Lates will be available in May. Suppliers anticipate starting Valencia’s in early May. Active market on 113s & 138s.

Limes – Alert Mexico new crop Limes starting with mostly small sizes, 230/250’s. Overall volume has yet to materialize or increase but expected to in the next 2-3 weeks.


Supplies are dropping fast from Chile and will continue to decline over the next few weeks with a possible gap of two weeks before Mexico starts on both red and green varieties around the 3rd week of May.


Market remains high, and supplies are still very tight; but will be improving week over week. Volume at origin is starting to increase. Sizing is improving with a shift to larger sizes.


Volume from Mexico is steadily declining. California is slow to bring on volume due to recent cool weather. Quality is good and prices are holding mostly steady at firmer levels.