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September 18th, 2015

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1.ICEBERG

ALERT!

2.LEMONS/ ORANGE

ALERT!

Supplies are low as growers are 10-14 days ahead. Weather brought issues such as burn and seeders.

Demand exceeds supply due to the drought, labor issues, and heat/ humidity. ACTIVE MARKET

3.ROMAINE/ ROMAINE HEARTS

Supplies are low weather related issues such as burn and seeders are present.

4.BROCCOLI

Quality issues of brown bead, and supplies limited, due high heat.

5.CILANTRO

Quality issues with seeders and limited supplies due to high heat.

asparagus

Peruvian temps have warmed up increasing production; expect improved supplies. Quality is good. The warmer temps will bring on larger sizes—until then, smaller sizes are predominating. Central Mexico has wrapped up; expect to see supply that is more consistent in the coming weeks from Baja.

avocados

Mexico’s summer crop harvest is going well; supplies are limited on 60s and smaller, and #2 Hass. CA continues to harvest lower volumes with excellent quality. Chile looks to have limited volume coming to the United States

beans, green

Color is good with minimal mechanical damage and scarring. Tight supply and quality issues may arise due to prior rain.

berries–black, blue, & raspberry

Blackberries: CA's volume continues to be affected by warm weather. Blueberries: quality remains good overall. Availability has come down due to weather. Raspberries: volume from CA continues to decrease and quality remains variable due warm weather.

berries–strawberry Quality is poor to fair overall. Hot days and warm nights continue to create textural issues, and sizing remains smaller due to heat.

broccoli & cauliflower

Broccoli: supplies are tight in all areas and quality is fair. Broccoli volume in central Mexico is light. Cauliflower: quality is good; supplies are increasing.

celery

Quality is good overall, with defects due to discoloration and cracking.

! New Outlook WEST COAST

The weather has improved over the last week with cooler, normal temps. This weekend may warm up a bit, and then back down for Monday.

MEXICO

Rains are in the Central and Southwest coasts of Mexico, with a zone of instability south of Baja. California has a 10% chance of cyclone formation within 48 hours.

EAST COAST

Overall, we are into the typical weather patterns for this time of year. Heavy rain is expected in MI this weekend.


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cucumbers

Rains and cooler temps have slowed production. Super selects and carton cucumbers will continue to be light in volume from MI and the Northeast. Carolina continues to have good volume, and a few more GA growers are starting. Demand remains steady, quality is good; we are seeing some misshapen product, scarring, and pulled ends.

eggplant

Good supplies and quality continue from NJ. NC and MI have lighter volumes due to rain hampering harvests, but GA supplies are improving daily with very good quality.

grapes

Availability is good and quality excellent on domestic, summer varieties. Recent scattered storms may cause molding.

lettuce iceberg & romaine

ALERT!

Iceberg: extremely tight and is demand-exceeds-supply around the industry. Condition: lower weights, occasional weak tip from the heat, and occasional seeders. Leaf: quality is good, with defects due to fringe burn and discoloration. Romaine: supplies are low. Quality is fair, with defects due to seeder, twisting, discoloration, insect damage, and fringe burn.

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peppers

Demand is slightly stronger; cooler temperatures in the North have slowed down harvests; quality remains good. We are seeing more scarring in older fields.

potatoes

New crop—light bruising and occasional dark spots, but no other critical issues reported.

squash

Plenty of squash is coming from a few growing areas—MI, the Northeast, Carolinas, and TN. GA supplies have increased dramatically and will continue for the next few weeks. GA quality is very good.

tomatoes–grape & cherry

Cherries continue to be extremely tight and quality is poor. Grapes may be the better option as availability and price are better than cherries. Quality is fair on grapes.

tomatoes–roma & round

Availability is tight in all regions and pushing markets up again. Baja looks to have the best opportunity for supply when pulling from old and new crops, but rain may become the issue. Vine ripe rounds in MX have started in a small way

Executive Chef, General Manager, Kitchen Manager, Purchasing Manager, F&B Manager. Information is subject to daily weather and market fluctuations and is meant to be used as a guide.

Asparagus Green Beans Broccoli Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower Celery Corn Cucumbers Eggplant Herbs Lettuce – Iceberg Lettuce – Leaf (G/R) Lettuce – Romaine Lettuce – Spring Mix Mushrooms Onions – Yellow Onions – Red Onions – Green Peas – Snow Peppers – Chiles

Peppers – (G, R & Y) Potatoes – Russet Potatoes – (R/W/Yuk)

Potatoes – Yams Spinach Squash – Yellow Squash – Zucchini Tomatoes- Round Tomatoes- Roma Tomatoes- Grape/ Cherry

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AVG

INCREASING

VEGETABLES

HIGH

The new crop from CA is good quality overall with occasional bruising. Green onions: Lighter supplies are due to heat damage from the 116°-118° temps.

Price

LOW

onions

DECREASING

The market is slightly stronger and volumes are good. No quality issues to report and all sizes are available.

AVG

Oranges: we are waiting for domestic navels to start. Availability of some sizes will be tight for about a week—be flexible on orders. Visible scars. Lemons: domestic lemon supplies are very limited due to labor and drought-related concerns. New crop lemons for District 3 are slowly starting to pack. District 2 lemons are getting very tight, and sizes are an issue so book early. Limes: the market is soft; quality is good. Visible scars.

melons

INCREASING

citrus–oranges, lemons & limes

HIGH

ALERT!

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