September 15, 2022

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Market Headlines


Supply chain disruptions for the Tilapia industry are continuing to put upward pricing pressure on the global tilapia market.


Bird weights continue to trend lower due to the heat. Lower bird weights limit production on key items such as jumbo breasts, tenders, and wings.


Packers and retailers continue to bet on the end cuts, chucks, and rounds, due to availability and affordability. Warmer weather may extend the opportunity for more ads/specials for steak cuts before the full “fall” transition.


Shell Egg markets steady. Cheese markets up this week, look to remain steady. Butter markets are down again this week, but still have some bullish overtones. Cream and Culture pricing will increase for most of the country, California will remain flat for September pricing.

Grains / Oil

We experienced another week where the soybean crop score was downgraded, which has serious implications around harvest and production. Despite this, futures for soybean oil fell hard. Canola seed futures continued to move lower. Dry weather is allowing the farmers to continue to harvest. Palm oil moved along with soybean oil futures.

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Produce Market Updates



Market continues to be elevated compared to historical time periods but is on the decline. Supplies have improved.


Market a little active and up a bit as supplies are lighter this week as yields are down with some quality issues at the field level.

Brussel Sprouts

Market will continue to remain strong into this coming week with no significant changes in the supply picture.

Cabbage – Green & Red

Supplies and quality good on both red and green. Market a little higher on green and lower on red.


Market still holding a bit higher as we have a mix with growers, some in the industry are still lighter on volume. Subbing sizes noted with some growers.


The market is creeping up. Supply is good, but yields are impacted by some quality issues at the field level.


Supplies of cilantro are a little tighter parsley are good this week, moderate demand and the market steady. Product is showing occasional seeder however overall good quality.

Eggplant – Alert

East – Eggplant supplies light, quality is good, demand good, and market moving well at current prices.

West – Very limited supplies, possible prorates until weather improves.

Green Onion Alert

Demand is strong and the market a little firmer. The heat and storm damages have affected supplies and Mexico will be short for the next 4-6 weeks or longer.

Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine

Market on lettuce fairly steady and overall quality is good. Romaine supplies are good, and quality fair to good with high seeder and fringe burn noted in some fields, market mostly steady, hearts trending higher.


Northwest harvest continues with good volumes of yellows. Red availability has improved greatly, and whites are becoming more plentiful every day. Quality remains excellent. The overall market is steady.

Peppers – Chilies

East – Supplies are light, demand stronger, quality is good and markets steady.

West – Serrano supply is good with other items limited. Should see more availability by weekend.

Peppers – Red & Yellow Alert

East – Green pepper supply is light, demand good, and quality very good. Red and yellow bells are in extremely short supply.

West – Green supply is good, red is steady and yellow remains limited.


East – Zucchini and Yellow squash supplies are better, quality is very good, and market a little lower with new areas starting; demand good.

West – lighter supplies, quality fair. Volume expected to improve in the next two weeks.


Round and roma markets are increasing due to declining availability both east and west. Grape and cherry markets continue to improve with increased availability and normal demand.


Avocado Alert

The size curve is starting to even out with more 48s showing up in the pack–outs, roughly 29%. #2 fruit will remain short with only 5% of pack–out.


Lemons – Alert Lemons Demand is high. Fancy grade and small sizes are extremely tight. Expect supplies to be tight in September as Argentina and Chile are expected to finish the end of this month. The desert crop is expected to start early to mid–October.

Oranges – Strong demand and tight supplies on small sizes 113–138’s, small sizes expected to remain tight through the Valencia season. Crop peaking on 72’s and larger. The market continues to strengthen on 88’s and smaller.

Limes – Alert Demand exceeds supply. Overall volume from Mexico low. High shrink due to heat so grading a challenge. New crop will start in October, but they have been impacted by summer heat, so that volume could be down also.


Demand exceeds. Pricing increasing. Red availability is diminishing rapidly. Expect requests to substitute color.


Supply is starting to increase, and prices are starting to decrease slightly.