Market firmer, volume continues to drop in Mexico and Peru is a few weeks away from stronger volume. Domestic supplies are slowly ramping up, but not enough to offset. Industry not expected to keep up with Mother’s Day demand.
Mexico – Seeing more availability out of Mexico on sizes however, the size curve is peaking on 48ct with 60s trailing. #2 fruit is making up 10-20% of the pack out. California – Harvest has increased about 33% week over week but even with a 33% increase, supplies are still not expected to all needed demand.
Broccoli & Cauliflower
Good supplies to meet demand needs for both broccoli and cauliflower.
Market continues active with lower supplies being reported. Unsettled markets for the next 7-10 days.
Cabbage and Bok Choy
Market is active with less overall supplies available. Active markets for the next 7-10 days.
Suppliers are still struggling at times with capacity issues on snack packs, shredded and peeled jumbo carrots. 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.
limited with good demand. Coachella starting next month in a limited manner.
Mexico very limited volume nearing the end of season and Coachella starting in a very small way. Florida – Bean supply lighter as crops transition north. Demand strong, quality good, and market much stronger.
Iceberg, Leaf and Romaine
Good supply on all iceberg, romaine, and leaf lettuces to meet all demand needs.
Market active. Texas experiencing on and off rain, which is impeding harvesting. S California is picking up as new crop continues to come on. Washington and Idaho in clean up mode and basically done.
Peppers – Chilies
Florida Hot pepper supply scattered, quality good, and limited supplies from day to day. Mexico all chiles remain active and should remain that way all month.
Peppers – Red, Yellow, Green
Florida Green bell supply better on off-grades only, demand slower, quality hit and miss. Mainland Mexico continues to slowly wind down, expect to keep shipping product through Nogales for 2 more weeks. Baja in good production on reds/yellows and Coachella is up and running with green bells. Coachella reds in mid-May. Green bell pricing remaining active but expected to adjust at the end of next week.
Out East, supplies continue to improve as availability increases out of the central FL growing region. Crown picking continues to yield larger sized round fruit with good quality.