February 16, 2024

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Market Headlines


Live cattle trading at higher prices. Packers remain focused on protecting margins and packers asking steady–to–higher prices. Buyers see a depressed seasonal demand, which drives most to not take major positions.


The demand for thigh meat has been growing steadily for a number of years and has lead to boneless skinless thighs are now trading higher then jumbo random breasts.


Shell egg markets are up except mediums are flat and Northwest. California eggs are down. Block is decreasing & Barrel is increasing. Butter is down.

Grains / Oil

With the lower markets, oil users jumped in last week and bought in for soybean oil which moved markets higher. Canola oil is flat as supply is good and seed exports continue to be soft. Palm also is flat, though we have been expecting some supply issues with their weather, but so far, nothing major has taken place.

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



Market is extremely low. This is the last week of this level and Mexico has started 28lb production for retail to help clear volume and expect pricing to increase a bit.

Bell Peppers Alert

East – Green bells are very limited, quality is good, and market very strong, red and yellow bells very limited in the east with strong demand.

West – All peppers are demand exceeds. This is due to reduced acreage due to hurricane and colder than normal temperatures in various regions.


Market has dropped a bit more with good supplies and moderate demand.


Rain has impacted harvesting and yields are down on all varieties, demand exceeds supplies. Weather is improving and should help to bring on volume.

Cabbage – Green & Red

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


Market active as supplies are a little tight, some Yuma fields have been passed up with recent rain events putting harvest off schedule.


Cilantro and Parsley supplies and overall quality look good. Market mainly steady for on Parsley and cilantro up a bit.

Corn Alert

East – Supplies limited, quality fair and market strong.

West – Moderate demand with little volume and inconsistent harvest with mostly only white availability.

Consistent coverage is difficult.

Green Beans

East – Supplies a little better, demand a little weaker, quality good and market is lower.

West – Cold temperatures at not helping supply. Market is a bit weaker due to moderate demand.

Lettuce & Romaine

Market is stronger with lighter supplies due to the recent rain and hail events. Expect markets to settle as we get back into normal weather.

Onions – White – Alert

No quality inventory is available from Idaho. Washington white onion supplies continue to decrease. Mexico is now expected to have white and red onion inventory the end of this week, but it will take time to fill the pipeline again.

Potatoes – Russets

Supplies are good for all sizes and demand remains slow but steady. The market remains unchanged. Quality is good.

Squash – Alert

East – squash markets are unsettled and falling.

West – supply is good with good quality, but demand is just moderate, yellow supply is light and market is higher. No expected improvement to supply until March.

Tomatoes – Alert

Grape and cherry markets continue to improve due to increasing availability but remain in alert status. Roma market is stable with normal volume, but the round market is increasing due to reduced volume out of MX.



The 48’s and larger pricing will continue to increase this week. Smaller sizes are steadier but starting to react as a result.

Citrus – Alert

Lemons – Alert Central California will be impacted by forecasted rain. Shortages and gaps in sizes will impact next week. Small lemons are a challenge this week and next; anticipated to be industry wide until early March on 165’s and smaller.

Oranges – Alert A storm expected to hit central valley Thursday the 15th and run through the 20th further impacting the supply. Small fruit both fancy and choice grade are extremely limited for the remainder of the domestic navel crop.

Limes – Weather concerns this week and supply will be limited through the week if this storm is as heavy as forecasted. This will disrupt some inbound volume and likely impact overall quality.


Supplies are limited in California due to rain last week with another storm coming this weekend. Mexico has good volume and will supplement the west. Florida is below average volume with rain coming this weekend.