Market continues to be active. Peru is dealing with cooler weather and Mexico is hot and dry affecting supply.
Mexico – Harvest has stabilized as the Local crop is the main fruit being harvested. Size curve on the summer crop is heavy to 48’s and 60’s, with a lot less #2 fruit California – Harvest is slowing down. Size curve is peaking on 48 and 60ct. Peru – Arrivals into the US are picking up some steam, with strong supplies being delivered this week and more on the water.
Cabbage – Green & Red – Alert
Out of Mexico and CA, green and red cabbage continue in limited in supply with active markets. Expect to see continued market volatility for the next 8 weeks.
East – Supplies are limited as production is scattered in local areas. West – Still in Major production GAP, with less acreage planted this year due to growing cost and water restrictions. Central California production 7-10 days out from starting some production.
Some supply out of Colorado but not enough to make a dent. No relief until possibly late next week.
Eggplant – Alert
East – Eggplant market is active due to limited supplies. NC is one of the only regions producing this week. MI should start harvest next week West – Very short supplies out of California with limited supplies out of Mexico.
Fingerling Potatoes– Alert
Market continues to short with limited supplies for the 4-5 weeks.
Iceberg, Leaf and Romaine
Markets are steady this week with quiet demand. Good supplies reported on all iceberg, romaine, and leaf items for this week to meet needed demand.
In general, the onion category remains under pressure. The market has increased a bit on JBO Yellows. Demand is very good on both yellows and whites. The red market is adjusting as demand softens.
Overall, we expect demand to stay high until the Pacific Northwest is fully operating.
Peppers – Green, Red, Yellow & Chili-Alert
Markets active on all types of fresh chili peppers as well as all bell peppers, green, gold and red. Expect active markets for the next few weeks.
The industry is facing shortages due to suppliers having reduced volume caused by the previous heat events that took place last June. The storage crop is currently coming to an end with significantly less volume that is needed to meet all demand.
Relief is not expected until mid- August when out the new crop out of Washington starts with Idaho to follow.
Roma, grape, & cherry markets remain elevated due to deciding volume out West. Round availability remains stable.