Active markets and shorter supplies to be seen until Mid-March
Market is adjusting as supplies continue to improve from Mexico. Overall quality is good to very good with some curved tips seen due to the recent high winds.
Mexico-Market remains strong, as MX has been limiting harvest to hold prices steady. Size curve is heavier into smaller sizes (60’s and smaller), and #2 fruit is about 15% of pack out.CA – Market is strong as the attention of the industry pivoted to CA when MX crossings had stopped.
Broccoli & Baby Broccoli
Markets remain steady on broccoli, but baby broccoli(broccolini) is active with limited supply.
Ample supplies continue conventional and organic sprouts.
Carrot suppliers remain at max capacity on their snack pack carrots and now having issues with carrot sticks for some suppliers. Jumbo carrots out of CA are scarce with limited availably. Market to be active through March.
Active market conditions have returned as yields have once again dropped for suppliers. Expect to see unsettled market conditions for the next 7-10 days.Brussel Sprouts-
Value Added-Processed (sticks, diced) celery is under and demand exceed supply situation. Commodity celery out of CA, and AZ is more active this week as well due to overall lighter supplies. Active celery conditions expected through Mid-March.
Import supply very light, Florida supply just starting and very tight, quality is good. Mexico supplies very light due to gap in production with strong demand in Mexico, expect limited volume all week. Market active.
Florida supply very light, demand fair, market steady, could possibly increase. Mexico production good with good demand; Northern area will begin by the end of the month.
Supplies of California garlic continue to decline. The next harvest will be in late June and early July. With less CA garlic available, orders will look to be supplemented with garlic from Argentina, Spain, and Mexico, starting in mid-March through the time of the new harvest. Expect to see stronger markets starting at that time.
Florida bean supply decreasing, demand remains strong, market expected to increase by the weekend. Mexico in short supply as northern area supplies is limited until the end of the month.
Campari and Medley tomatoes short in supply.
Iceberg, Leaf and Romaine
Stronger markets on iceberg, green, red and butter lettuces for this week. Iceberg market is becoming increasingly active with limiting supplies being reported. Romaine markets are very active with limited supply for both romaine liner, romaine hearts and chopped romaine.
West Coast Commodity Transition
The annual move from the desert growing regions to the CA Central Coast growing regions is on the horizon. Look for more updates over the next 4-6 weeks.
Shortages and active market conditions continue to plague the mushroom industry. All varieties are impacted. Conditions are not expected to change for the foreseeable future.
ID/OR – Market active. Quality on some lots continues to be an issue. Texas crossings – Market active. Reds continue to be tight awaiting the start of Texas crop. Texas crop has started with a few yellows, no Reds or Whites at this point, expecting to start in a light way Mar 28th week.
Peppers, red and yellow –Alert
Green bells are in short supply, with active markets. Expect this to continue another 7-10 days. Reds are currently adjusting but expect this to turn around sometime next week. Yellow bells extremely short supply. Chili peppers remain short in supply as well.
Active markets on both yellow squash and zucchini on both coasts.