Recent rain, then excessive heat in Mexico impacting production. Expect this to turn around in few weeks. Peru volume steady to lower, but demand from the West pushing that market up.
Cabbage – Green & Red
Market mostly steady, with good supplies, but market may firm up with supplies expected to become limited.
Cauliflower – Alert
Supplies still very low, demand remains high. Market remains firm.
Cilantro – Alert
Market active, supplies are snug, but product availability varies by suppliers.
Cucumbers – Alert
Market remains high in the West with limited supplies arriving from Baja, MX. In the East supplies have become very short with the recent hurricane winds.
Eggplant – Alert
Western supplies are extremely limited. Volume will decrease in Central CA crossings into Nogales from Mexico have been very inconsistent. Eastern supply shorter as weather has reduced yields.
Every major tomato growing area has been hurt by Hurricanes/Tropical Storms.
Tomato markets will remain unstable & on alert possibly through January, with Rounds, roma, cherry, and grapes all affected.
Green Beans – Alert
Market is stronger with extremely limited supplies in current growing regions, market expected to continue to trend up and industry wide shortages.
A storm came across Mexico this past weekend with hail, flooding in fields and power outages impacting supplies and it remains in a demand exceeds supplies situation. Market higher and expected to be active.
Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine
Markets remain high as less acres are available to pack, and sizing is a challenge as many fields are harvesting early, leading to smaller sizes/lower weights.
Market active and is still in a demand exceeds supply situations and will continue for a minimum another four to six weeks. Labor, compost issues resulting in reduced yields continues to plague this category industry wide.
Markets have started to settle as the Northwest harvest wraps up in the coming days. Could see the market strengthen as growers start to pack 100% from the packing sheds instead of straight from the fields.
Peppers – Red & Yellow – Alert
Eastern green bell pepper supplies are shorter and extremely short in the West, with stronger markets. Red bells very short in the East and very light in the West. Expect markets to remain high until Mexico production starts.
The market is still settling as growers are getting down to the last few fields to harvest.
East–Market higher as Yellow and Zucchini crops are slowing down due to cooler weather at night.
West Coast – Supplies continue to increase crossing from Mexico, could see market firm up as more demand comes in from the East.
Tomatoes – Alert
The round tomato market is higher and will remain active as Florida was impacted with tremendous crop loss and in salvage mode, most will have to replant. Tennessee and North Carolina are wrapping up and the transition to Northern Florida, but availability is very limited. Mexico remains very light as well.