July 22, 2022

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Market Headlines


PRIME and CAB PRIME graded product continues to be very difficult to find; please make sure to open with a lead time of three to four weeks MINIMUM and large quantities and contracts are not likely.


Avian Influenza is having its worst outbreak since 2015. 5.5 million Turkeys have been lost Making up 2.5% of the US Turkey population. Supply is extremely constrained with suppliers output reduced by 20-33%.


Cheese markets were lower with weaker demand and steady to strong production. Butter was down with strong manufacturing and weaker foodservice demand. Eggs continue to move higher with good retail and foodservice demand.

Grains / Oil

Soybean oil futures moved lower again last week as large fund traders sold off long positions, and much lower palm oil. Canola oil also softened as growing weather is ideal. Moving lower also last week were corn, soybeans, and wheat.

To learn more contact your local Sales Consultant. Market Corner Produce information reflects both US and Canadian markets. All other commodity information is based on US market data only.

Produce Market Updates



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 PotatoesAlert

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.

Russet Potatoes

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.



Bananas Alert

Supplies remain impacted from Guatemala due to tropical storm damage to the crop and transportation infrastructure. Supplies are lighter and demand is strong.


Active market conditions continue this week as the Pacific Northwest (PNW) is yet to produce at expected levels. The PNW will need to carry most of the supply burden as NJ is mostly done, Michigan was rained out over the weekend and are hoping to rebound this week and lastly BC has been pushed off another week.


Lemons: The market is steady on all lemons. California is heavy to small choice grade with lighter volume on large sizes and fancy grade. Fancy and some choice grade Imports from Argentina and Chile are coming into the East and West Coast.

Oranges: The market is very strong. California Valencia’s are peaking on 88/72. Supplies are light and growers are limiting packing to lighter as we move thru the summer. Fancy grade Imports from Chile are arriving which is helping but demand still exceeds supplies on California Valencia’s.

Lime: The market is expected to strengthen as availability declines on U.S. #1-grade fruit due to low pack-out yields. Overall quality is deteriorating, including lighter coloring, decreased shelf life, and increased skin breakdown/styler that typically appears after the fruit is packed and shipped.


Demand is steady but supplies are lighter due to summer growing conditions. Sizing is lighter on large sizes. Market is adjusting due lighter overall supplies available.