December 1, 2023

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Market Headlines


Anchovy supply situation remains extremely tight from all source countries: Morocco, Peru & Argentina.


Shell egg markets are down this week. Barrel & Block market are decreasing. Butter is down. Cream and Culture West Coast pricing will increase for December.

Grains / Oil

An abbreviated trading week and an EPA court ruling helped to push soybean oil futures lower last week. Good rains in Brazil and a near complete U.S. crop harvest all aided in lower markets. Canola seed futures were lower, but not much change in the Canola oil market. Palm was higher with increased demand and El Nino concerns.

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Produce Market Updates



With the holiday pulls over lower demand has market down slightly, but demand expected to increase toward mid–December.


Market softer with lower demand. Consistent volume expected this week and next.


Demand exceeds supplies, for next couple of weeks. Sweet baby broccoli may be an option to sub as it is a very similar variety.

Cabbage – Green & Red

Supplies and quality good on both red and green. Market mostly steady on both.


Market a little softer with most product now harvesting in the desert now. Sizing is heavier to 12ct currently.

Cilantro / Parsley

Cilantro and Parsley supplies and overall quality look good. Market is holding mostly steady for both.

Green Beans

West – Still limited but better after holiday pull subsides. New growing regions in Mexico kicking in.

East – Split market as more growers enter the mix along with a demand drop post–holiday. Florida crop steady. Expecting another spike as we get closer to Christmas.

Iceberg & Romaine

Lettuce market a little softer with good supplies from the growing regions. Good volume and quality this week on Romaine with the market holding steady. Hearts, market is also fairly steady and fair to good quality.


Short production for the holiday last week coupled with heavy export demand is putting pressure on the onion market. We are seeing snug supplies this week with a trend up in pricing.

Peppers Red & Yellow –  Alert

West – All colors are active due to transition. Hot House shortage is affecting this category. Mexico is starting but not expected to fill the pipeline until late December.

East – Alert Red & Yellow – Florida green new crop quality is very nice, but market remains active.


Supplies are very good on 80ct and smaller sizes with limited availability on the larger sizes. This is due to sheds running smaller sized lots for the retail holiday demand.

Snap & Snow Peas

Market active on both snap and snow as supplies are limited. There is a potential gap this week on snap peas with freezing temperatures in Salinas.


West – Supply has decreased due to cool weather in growing regions. Market has steadied due to increased pricing, should see better volume late next week.
East – Split market as shippers clearing old crop, new fields showing good quality.


Rounds remain stable with good availability and quality out east. Grape markets remain on alert status due to extremely low availability which continues to escalate the market. Roma markets have improved with increased availability on lower demand.


Avocado Alert

The market is showing some strength on the 48ct and smaller. #2’s are still limited in supply. Rain in Mexico could slow harvest and push pricing higher.


More shippers are saying the end of domestic production is very near. Suppliers are focusing on imports now. Reports are delayed west coast arrivals will make for a rocky transition. Greens showing less availability.

Citrus Alert

Lemons – Good availability on 115s and smaller. Central Valley is ramping up; Central Coast is slowing down, and the Desert has another 9 weeks to go. Overall peak sizes are 140, 115, 165 between all districts. Market remains steady.

Oranges – Navel supplies are increasing although not fast enough nor keeping up with demand. Prices have decreased. Any rain will cause delays, but there are no major threats are on the horizon.

Limes – Slightly better volume and quality is improving. However, between Thanksgiving and Christmas we see fewer days of packing and more disruption in the supply simply based on harvest.