Market is active. Peru volume is declining, and Mexico will be the primary source. Volume is improving from Mexico.
Small fruit is seeing better demand due to a decent domestic market in Mexico. California is packing in light numbers and will increase production each week. Do not expect to see any kind of significant volumes until after the Super Bowl. Colombia is arriving to the east coast. Stronger market activity as demand picks up for the Super Bowl.
Broccoli and Baby Broccoli
Supplies out of Mexico are challenged this week. Improved supplies out of AZ and CA should be sufficient to cover all demand needs.
Supplies are finally starting to see improvement out of Mexico. Markets are adjusting and over the next few weeks we should see the pipeline start to fill back up for the supply chain.
Carrot suppliers remain at max capacity on their snack pack carrots. Market will be shorter and limited 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.
Value-Added-Processed (sticks, diced) celery is under and demand exceed supply situation due to capacity constraints. Commodity supplies are doing better out of CA, AZ, and MX.
Florida harvesting in multiple regions, quality is hit and miss within the state. Demand is sluggish a result of post-holiday markets. Expect higher pricing on good quality beans. Mexico volume steady with moderate demand after the holiday and lack of promotions. Market anticipated to get stronger going into the weekend.
Florida market is extremely elevated due to frost and freeze damage. Growers are assessing fields to evaluate the damage. It may take a few days to see the effects of the cold. Mexico production light to moderate and prices have increased because of the Florida freeze. Expect demand to exceed supplies.
Improvement continues to be seen. Full market relief is not expected until the middle of February.
Peppers, Chilies – 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.
Peppers Green Yellow, Red-East
Florida pepper supply to remain low this week due to this past weekend’s freeze affecting the Immokalee region. Growers need time to assess damage. Mexico has good supplies for the next few weeks; demand has increased significantly due to the Florida freeze. Expect sufficient volume to supplement where necessary.
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 strengthen on short supplies, in particular all red onions. Some yellow onions are starting to cross from Mexico, but red onions are still 10 – 14 days out. Value-Added/Processed Onions are in a demand exceeds 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.
Cucumber sizing is heavy to Small/Medium, limited on Large. Campari tomatoes short in supply.