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T H I N G S YO U SHOULD K N OW :

September 4, 2012

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Weather: COMMODITY ALERT:

Washington apple demands are very strong as the early school demand has started, so stay ahead!

A couple of weak low pressure troughs out West will pass well to the north and bring slight cooling throughout Central California this week. A Tropical depression (John) off the Baja coast may bring up some moisture and isolated thunderstorms over the next few days along with a generally muggy feel. The expected cool down will bring temperatures to slightly below seasonal norms in the low-60s along the coast to mid 80s in inland regions. These cool low pressure systems will also bring cooler temperatures, expected in the 90s, to the San Joaquin Valley as well after weeks of triple digit temperatures.

Small size oranges 113’s and 138’s are very, very limited Strawberry quality is currently just fair. Only order what you need as product is not holding up like everyone is use to

Freight: Mike McIntire Trucks in California will be tight throughout the week due to the Labor Day holiday and the lack of freight headed west. Trucks in the Northwest and Idaho are steady. Crude oil remained steady and is currently at 95.33 per barrel. The national average should trend up again this week from last week’s price of 4.089 per gallon.

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Commodity Updates APPLES/PEARS John Tole New York is now packing Paula Reds, Mac’s, Jonamac’s, and Gala’s. The latter three varieties are a couple weeks early this year. Washington is still limited on C.A. red delicious and they won’t pack for another week to two weeks so stay ahead on them! Most shippers were packing the early golden variety’s but ran through them quickly and are now gapping. We are supposed to get the first new crop golden delicious next week in Washington. CA Granny-Smiths are still peaking on higher grade 88’s & 100’s but most shippers are sold out or have very little to offer! Washington is supposed to pack the new-crop Granny-smiths the in the middle of September so we may see a gap with some suppliers. Calif0ornia has started packing Granny-smith’s and they are peaking on 100’s and smaller. Washington Gala inventories are getting larger by the day and there are good numbers of smaller fruit. California Gala’s are steady but supplies are extremely short and most shippers are cleaning up. Washington has started packing Gala’s. California has also started packing Fuji apples. California is packing new-crop Bartlett, Bosc, and Stark-Crimson pears. The Bartletts are heavy to the middle sizes so you’ll see more deals on 100’s and larger, 110’s and smaller are very short. The Washington Bartlett market is coming off as they adjust to California. ASPARAGUS Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco The market on Mexican grass has softened on all sizes. Supplies are better on standard, large and x-large. Jumbo packs are much better in availability as well. The pricing on Mexican grass is very comparable to Peruvian product. This has not happened for some time. There continues to be no 28 pound cases being packed by any supplier, only eleven pounders. AVOCADO Tim Kelley Mexico’s Flora Loca crop this year is producing good volume. The Flora Loca will have lower maturity than the old crop and will take longer to ripen. California volume is good and size curve has evened out with more 60’s and 70’s coming in to the packing house. BELL PEPPERS Western Bells: Jaime Contreras Green bell market is steady. Improving supplies but, expect some lighter supplies from some shipping points this coming week. Anticipated moisture in some growing areas may slow down PRO*ACT The Source some shipping production.

Commodities at a glance… Commodity

Quality

Market

Excellent

Steady

Good

Lower

Excellent Excellent

Steady Steady

Good

Steady

Good Fair Good Fair Good Good Good Good Good Good Good Good Good

Steady Steady Steady Steady Higher Steady Steady Steady Steady Lower Higher Steady Steady

Good

Steady

Good Fair Fair Good Good Good Excellent Good Excellent

Higher Steady Steady Steady Steady Steady Lower Lower Lower

Squash (Western)

Good

Steady

Squash (Eastern) Stone Fruit Tomatoes (Western) Tomatoes (Eastern) Watermelon

Good Good Good Fair Good

Steady Steady Steady Steady Steady

Apples Asparagus Avocado (Mexican) Avocado (California) Bell Peppers (Western) Bell Pepper (Eastern) Berries: Strawberries Berries: Raspberries Berries: Blackberries Berries: Blueberries Broccoli Carrots Cauliflower Celery Citrus: Lemons Citrus: Oranges Cucumbers (Western) Cucumbers (Eastern) Eggplant Red Grapes Green Onions Lettuce: Leaf Lettuce: Iceberg Melons: Cantaloupe Melons: Honeydew Onions Pears Potatoes


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