Market steady with good volume from Mexico. Quality is good to very good.
Mexico-Market is active this week, with the industry on pace to harvest about 30% less fruit than last week. The size curve is showing greater percentages of small fruit, with less 48ct and larger sizes being seen. CA- Market is active with very few large sizes available. Lack of size is attributed to very little rain over the last few months. December brought greater than historical averages, but it has been relatively dry since. Very little #2 fruit being available.
Broccoli & Baby Broccoli
Good supplies for now on broccoli and baby broccoli (broccolini. Market is expected to see a change in the next 2 weeks as lower supplies are in the forecast the week of April 4th.
Good supplies continue conventional and organic sprouts.
Carrot suppliers remain at max capacity on their snack pack carrots. Jumbo carrot supply out of California is limited at best. Carton jumbo carrots are now unavailable till Mid May. Carrot sticks have now been impacted as a result of the overall shortage of jumbos, with the sizing on carrot sticks for some being reduced from 4 to 2 inches.
Active market conditions remain. Expect to see unsettled market conditions for the next 2-3 weeks.
Celery Value Added–Alert
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 the end of March.
Cucumber supply light in Florida, some more domestic growers have begun as the Hondurans have finished up. Mexico supplies still not plentiful, but they are available stronger market prices. Active market into next month.
Supplies of CA Garlic continue to dwindle down. As a result, more product from Argentina to be seen in the coming weeks.
Florida bean supply good, quality good, demand good, and market steady. Mexico very short supplies as the northern growing region is not producing yet.
Iceberg, Leaf and Romaine
Markets on iceberg, romaine and romaine hearts are starting to adjust as demand has calmed and new growing regions have started. Market is expected to be unsettled still for the next 2-3 weeks, as the transition from AZ to CA is in full swing
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.
Red VA onions remain short and limited in supply out of CA. Commodity- Red onions are tight and suppliers are holding to averages with the strong potential for prorates. Storage quality all colors is poor to fair.
Peppers, red and yellow –Alert
Green, red, and yellow bell peppers are limited and short in supply on both coasts. Chili peppers remain short in supply as well.
Active markets on both yellow squash and zucchini on both coasts.