Market is adjusting as volume should start to pick up on both the east and west coasts.
Size curve is peaking on 48/60ct with alarmingly lower numbers of 70ct being seen in the pack. Reduced harvest in Mexico as Super Bowl ads have been made. Potential for shortages in small sizes as packs seem to reflect less 70ct and less being seen quoted on the spot market. More California harvests underway as stronger markets continue out of Mexico.
Broccoli & Baby Broccoli
Supplies out of CA, AZ and Mexico are improved this wee with good supply to meet all demand.
Good availability on conventional and organic sprouts. Markets continue to adjust as they come down from the previous elevated market conditions.
Carrot suppliers remain at max capacity on their snack pack carrots. Market will be shorter and limited in supply as a result. Jumbo carrots are very limited out on the west coast. Better supplies available out of GA. Expect very active carrot markets for the month of February.
Stronger markets this week as MX is short on cauliflower. Lower yields are also being reported out of CA and AZ. Expect to see unsettled market conditions for the next 2-3 weeks.
Celery Value Added –Alert
Value-added Processed (sticks, diced) celery is under and demand exceeds supply situation due to capacity constraints. Commodity supplies are doing better out of CA, AZ, and MX.
Florida corn growers around the lake took a big hit with the cold weather last weekend. Growers are out harvesting corn that is in good condition, but short term does not look favorable for the balance of the winter crop.
Markets still active due to lighter supplies out of Florida. Mexico volume is steady for now but will start to decline in the coming weeks. Overall demand is lighter this week.
Continued improvement continues to be seen. Full market relief is not expected until till the middle of February.
Campari tomatoes short in supply and peppers are becoming snug due to cold weather.
Demand continues to outpace available supply on all mushrooms. Supplies remain challenged and the lack of available peat moss for production needs continues to be a major concern. Improvements not expected for the foreseeable future.
Market continues to be active on short supplies on all colors, in particular Reds. Mexico expected to start crossing some Reds into Texas as early as next week. Value Added/Processed Onions- are in a demand exceed supply situation and all are
being held to averages due to capacity issues coupled with supply concerns based on sizing issues of raw product. This would apply to whole peeled, diced, sliced and slab processed yellow and red onions.
Peppers, Chillies – East
Florida hot pepper supply lighter due to cold weather, quality good and demand strong. Growers need time to assess damage. Mexico production steady supplies with stronger demand on Serrano.
Yellow squash extremely short supply and will remain short for a few weeks. Market is strong. Mexico production on yellow squash will remain tight this week.