February 23, 2024

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Market Headlines


All chicken markets are higher across the board, some market segments seeing big increases, including wings.


Total cattle imports for 2023 were just under 2.0 million head, an increase of 21.7% or 352,500 head. The large increase in cattle imports came from our bordering countries Mexico and Canada.


Shell egg markets are up except mediums are flat and Northwest. California eggs are down. For cheese, Block is decreasing & Barrel is increasing. Butter is down with plentiful supplies of cream.

Grains / Oil

Trading was lower most of last week, but soybean oil ended with only about ½ percent down. But the market is still overall, bearish. Canola moved lower with soy and stocks are good with light exports and smaller-than-expected biofuel demand. Palm is higher with less production and increasing exports.

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



Adequate supply of all sizing, quality is excellent, weather is perfect for growing asparagus. 4–week outlook is good for Easter as long as weather holds.


Market holding mostly steady 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, but it is still a couple of week away.

Cabbage – Green & Red

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


Market active and pushing up as supplies are tight, most suppliers are meeting the current demand.


Market mainly steady with good supplies and moderate demand.

Cilantro & Parsley

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


East – Supplies remain limited and quality is fair, demand exceeds supplies and the market very strong.

West – Both white and bi–color are now being harvested but volume is still low on both

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, which is impacting yields at the field level. Expect markets to remain elevated for a couple of weeks.


No quality inventory is available from Idaho. Washington white onion supplies continue to decrease. Mexico has yet to cross into the US certified onions. We expect some inventory crossing from Mexico later this week.


East – Green bell supplies lighter, quality is hit and miss, and market strong. Red and yellow bells are extremely limited supply.

West – Reds remain limited, while yellows remain extremely short. Should start seeing improved availability next week.


Demand remains light at elevated prices from past years. Larger sizes are lighter in supply with small sizes having better availability. Quality remains good. Market is steady.


East – Zucchini market has come way off. Demand has slowed down as more product is available. Yellow remains tighter of the two varieties.

West – Transitional regions within two weeks will help limited supplies of yellow. Green supplies are steady.


Round, grape, and cherry varieties remain on alert status due to extremely limited availability (especially rounds). Roma markets remain steady due to steady availability both east and west.



Supplies on 48’s remain limited this week – pricing has stabilized and we expected to hold for a couple weeks. Availability is better on 60’s and 70’s, and prices are holding. #2 supply availability is good.

Citrus – Alert

Lemons – Central California will be impacted by forecast 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 – Persistent shortages in medium and small sizes are anticipated with rain forecast to delay harvest and affect distribution. Small fruit both fancy and choice grade are extremely limited for the remainder of the domestic navel crop.

Limes – Demand continues to stay strong for the mid-sized limes, which is pushing the 175–230ct sizes up more in price. Short term, look for the market to continue to creep up over the next couple of weeks.


Red grapes continue to be demand exceeds with a virtually empty “pipeline” as arrivals have been selling out on a vessel–by–vessel basis. We should see some increased arrivals in March.


Strawberry supplies are recovering after another round of rain in California and Florida. Central Mexico has good production. Florida and California will take a week to fully recover. The market is very strong.