Mexico continues with light supplies, with XL and Jumbo almost non-existent. Peru arrivals are steady, however demand from the West has both markets climbing.
Cabbage – Green & Red
Supplies increasing over the last week to 10 days, the pricing has dropped slightly but remaining strong.
Cauliflower – Alert
Market remains active but lower as supplies are up slightly. Quality is fair with some issues reported.
Cilantro – Alert
Cilantro supplies have gotten much better as has quality. Market has come off some.
Cucumbers – Alert
Market remains high in the West with a gap in supplies arriving from Mexico. In the East supplies have become very short with the recent hurricane winds.
Eggplant – Alert
Western supplies are extremely limited from both California and Mexico. Eastern supply shorter as weather has reduced yields.
Green Beans – Alert
Market prices expected to increase due short supply, strong demand, and will remain elevated this week through next month. Do not expect to see much relief until after US Thanksgiving.
Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine
Markets remain high as less acres are available to pack, and weather impacting many fields leading to extreme demand exceeds supplies.
Market active and we are still in a demand exceeds supply situations and will continue for a minimum another three to five weeks. Labor, compost issues resulting in reduced yields which continues to plague this category.
Market is adjusting to post harvest trading. Shippers have slowed down to keep floors clean and manage production off the packing lines.
Peppers – Red & Yellow – Alert
Eastern green bell pepper supplies are shorter and extremely short in the West, with stronger markets. Red and yellow bells very short in the East and improving in the West.
The market seems to be stabilizing, but still trying to find the trading level. Most packers are coming out of storage and can now manage the inbound raw product flow.
East–Market creeping higher as Yellow and Zucchini crops are slowing down due to cooler weather at night.
West Coast – squash volume is gradually increasing with good demand and quality; yellow squash is a little bit more available with prices stabilizing.
Tomatoes – Alert
Markets continue to be active on all varieties from both coasts due to a lack of availability from recent hurricanes/ tropical storms.
Improvements are not expected until January.