December 22, 2023

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Market Headlines


HPAI has returned and is affecting the Turkey producing states of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Currently the markets are mostly unaffected but there are concerns around the industry. Sysco branded suppliers have had no cases.


Three additional cage free farms identified as HPAI–positive. The 3 farms are in California, Ohio, and Kansas and are reportedly totaling close to 3 million birds.


Shell egg markets are up this week. Barrel & Block market are decreasing. Butter is down. December Cream and Culture pricing will reflect nominal changes.

Grains / Oil

The soybean oil market was down nearly 3% with USDA reporting nearly unchanged from last month. Also, the biofuel demand has slowed. Canola is steady to down but expecting a move higher. Palm moved lower with competing veg oils, lower Chinese demand, and good production.

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

Produce Market Updates



Extreme demand is exceeding supply. Volume has declined significantly with all asparagus shippers. There is little to no product available and its all caused by inclement weather in growing locations. Market is much higher.


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


Demand continues to 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 are good on both red and green. Market is a bit softer on both.


Volume for the next two weeks is expected to be lighter. Markets have moved up with the increased demand and cooler weather slowing growth.

Cilantro / Parsley

Cilantro and Parsley supplies and overall quality look good. Market mainly steady for both.

Green Beans Alert

East – supplies remain limited; demand is good and the market very strong. Expect short supplies for the next 2 weeks. Quality is fair to good.

West – Very limited supplies due to weather, gap expected to last through first week of January.

Lettuce & Romaine

Market mostly steady. Overall, plenty of volume available with good quality. Only concern is that some shippers reporting ice in Imperial Valley fields, which could delay harvesting. Romaine and heart market holding steady.


Markets continue to push higher as export demand has not diminished. White Onions are feeling the most pressure and production struggling to keep up to the demand.

Peppers Red & Yellow  –  Alert

East – Green supplier is lower, Reds are extremely limited and the market very high. Yellow Bells less demand but still very strong market

West – All colors remain light supplies due to inclement weather. No relief anticipated until mid January.


Supplies are good. Prices are steady on all sizes with lighter availability on the larger sizes. Foodservice demand is fair.

Snap & Snow Peas

Market firm on both snap and snow but supplies are beginning to improve in the West. South America had a hard freeze which will impact import supplies into the East.


East – Zucchini and yellow squash demand exceeds supplies, markets are very high, quality is good but a lot of wind this last weekend will hurt the yellow squash quality.

West – Light supplies are light due to low temperatures, strong market, good quality.


Round, Roma, Grape, and Cherry markets continue to be on alert due to rain and wind damaged crops in FL, which has made availability extremely limited. Markets are expected to stay elevated until mid-January when MX availability increases.


Avocado – Alert

Markets are trending higher as we enter the next couple of holiday weeks. Availability in smaller sizes will keep pricing low on 70’s and 84’s, with 48’s and 60’s both higher.


Lemons – Market is firm but fair to good availability on most sizes along with all grades. Peaking on size 95–165ct Fancy grade.

Oranges – Good Supply of most sizes & grades right now to fill orders. As the season progresses, growers are forecasting small fruit to become extremely tight.

Limes – Consistent rain in Veracruz paired with late–season fruit has led to increased market activity. Expect supplies to continue to decline as we approach the new year.


Moderate demand with some lingering domestic supplies of reds have market steady. Quality and condition is reported as good to excellent.


Supplies are tight and will remain so until about the second week of January. Demand is steady. Prices are ticking up. No quality issues.