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Domestic garlic supplies will be light in availability until approximately July. Chinese supplies are extremely light. Twelve week is in effect for all garlic orders

May 30, 2013


Weather: Tim Lynch The strong high pressure ridge out west will bring a warm and dry off shore flow to Central California through the weekend. Temperatures will increase to the high 90s with possible triple digits in the warmest interior regions with the coastal regions reaching the high 70s into the weekend. An upper level low is forecast to move into the region late Sunday bringing a return of the marine layer and cooler (seasonal) temperatures.

Potatoes continue with low pack outs

Freight: Mike McIntire Trucks in California are extremely tight and will remain tight for the balance of the week. Trucks in the Northwest are steady but we are starting to see them coming empty to CA for higher paying loads. Crude oil remains steady at 91.78. The national average on diesel fuel remains steady and is currently 3.88 per gallon. California price is steady as well and is now 4.044 per gallon.

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Commodity Updates APPLES/PEARS John Tole Washington Red Delicious are steady to higher. The market Red market continues to slowly climb as we get closer to the end of the storage season. Reds are still peaking on extra-fancy 88/100’s. Golden Delicious is stronger as well and is still peaking on 88/100’s. The Granny-Smith market is also slowly rising. Granny’s are still heavier to the 80 and larger sizes and are limited on anything smaller than an 88. Galas are also up slightly steady on most sizes and grades but the availability is limited as the end of the season approaches. Fuji’s availability is down and the market is rising as we approach the end of the season. Fuji’s are still peaking on 88’s and larger. Most other varietals have finished for the season. D’Anjou’s pears are available in Washington but mostly 100’s and larger and the US#1 grade. Several shippers are finished with D’Anjou’s already. Red pears are almost finished for the season. ASPARAGUS Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco The Asparagus market is steady. Overall, domestic supplies are expected to be available until the end of June with a few suppliers. Peruvian product coming into the East coast has good supplies and cheaper prices if loading in Florida is not an issue. Demand for domestic asparagus is keeping this market firm. Supplies for domestic product are moderate at best. AVOCADO Tim Kelley Mexico still has fair supplies, but limited on 48’s and 40’s.They will still be the main supplier to the eastern markets. California is still increasing in volume and starting to gain size on their fruit. Strong demand is firming markets on 40’s/48’s/60’s. BELL PEPPERS Western Bells: Jaime Contrera Green bell market is very unsettled. New spring crops are currently shipping from Southern California and have started with mostly large fruit available. Open field colored Red bell market is generally steady. Good availability from Southern California. The Gold bell market continues steady availability depends on growing district.

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Commodities at a glance… Commodity



Apples Asparagus

Good Fair

Higher Steady

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)





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

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




Grapes, Green Grapes, Red Green Onions Lettuce: Leaf Lettuce: Iceberg

Good Good Fair Good Good

Steady Steady Steady Steady Higher

Melons: Cantaloupe



Melons: Honeydew Onions Pears Potatoes Squash (Western) Squash (Eastern) Stone Fruit Tomatoes (Western) Tomatoes (Eastern) Watermelon

Good Good Good Good Good Good Good Fair Fair Excellent

Lower Steady Steady Steady Higher Lower Lower Lower Steady Steady

Commodity Updates Z Eastern Bells: Janine Baird Most Georgia shippers are now working pepper but supplies are somewhat limited. The demand remains strong so we should not see too much movement in this market.

BERRIES Mike Gorczyca Strawberries: Supplies are moderate out of the Salinas/Watsonville areas with light supplies coming out of Santa Maria. Most growers in Santa Maria have switched 60% of their harvest to the freezer market. This was mainly due to quality of the strawberries out of this area. This has helped to keep the market steady. Warming trend is to start today into the weekend and then followed by a cooling trend next week. Look for some quality issues to show up in the packs on arrivals the front part of next week. The quality issues are from the light rain we got the start of this week. Issues to be aware of will be light mold, bruising and some light water damage. Raspberries: Moderate to good supplies of coming out of all areas is causing this market to weaken slightly. Quality is being reported as good. Blackberries: Supplies have improved slightly on blackberries this week. This is mainly due to demand backing off due to price being so high. We should start to see this market to start to weaken over the next couple of weeks. Quality is fair to good depending on the lot. Blueberries: Supplies are good out of California. Quality is very nice out of this area. The main pack is 6oz and pints. Weather has improved on the East Coast which has improved the quality and harvest numbers. The main pack that is being harvested on the East is Pints. BROCCOLI Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco This market is active on bunched product as well as crowns. Shippers are light in supplies to begin the week. Rain has hit the Salinas valley so harvesting will be slow to start off the week. Santa Maria has moderate supplies. Pricing is expected to be active throughout the week. CARROTS Tim Kelley Supplies are good, but still waiting on size to come to bring more JBO carrots to market. Weather is good, so looks like more size in a few weeks.

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CAULIFLOWER Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco The cauliflower market is active. Pricing will rise throughout the week as supplies are expected to be moderate at best. There is a slight gap in production. With rain in the Salinas valley, harvesting will be on the slow side to start the week. Prices will vary from shipper to shipper as some are better off than others on availability. Santa Maria is light in production as well. CELERY Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco The celery market is coming off, especially in the large sizing. Production is occurring in Oxnard and Santa Maria. The Salinas Valley celery is not due to start until the second week in June. Michigan celery is not due to start until the second week of July. Small sizing, 36s and smaller are demanding a higher price. This will continue throughout the week. CITRUS Tim Kelley Lemons: Supplies are good on the smaller sizes and less abundant on the larger ones. Seasonal demand is good, keeping market firm. Quality is good. Oranges: Navel’s are finishing for the season. There will be some available through the month, but Valencia oranges are starting to take over the market. Valencia sizing is currently peaking on113’s/88’s/138’s. Limes: Supplies good on the smaller sizes, but still very limited on the larger 110’s/150’s. Size should start to come over the next few weeks. CUCUMBERS Western Cucumber: Jaime Contrera Market is steady. Demand has increased as some domestic supplies have lightened up. Demand slightly exceeds for Nogales cucumbers. There is a wide range of quality and pricing. Eastern Cucumbers: Janine Baird Georgia now has good volume on cucumbers and Plant City still has decent supplies. Quality has been good in both regions and the market should remain stable. EGGPLANT Western Eggplant: Jaime Contrera Market is steady and strong some growers have begun to wrap up their season. Demand

Commodity Updates Z


slightly exceeds current supplies. Eastern Eggplant: Janine Baird This market finally appears to be softening a bit. This trend should continue through the weekend.

crossing in good volume through Nogales while domestic dews are available with slightly increasing volume. Demand is steady and supplies have started to increase slowly with the desert coming onto the scene.

GRAPES: Amy Grolnick Good are still offshore red Crimson available with good quality. Shippers are doing deals on large orders to clean up. Offshore greens are done for the season. Mexico is going with red flames and green Perlettes, loading in Nogales. Mexican Sugarones will start next week. The price continues to come off as more fruit becomes available, good quality on both colors. Domestic flames and Sugarones are available for loading in Coachella with excellent quality and good sugars.

ONIONS John Tole Yellows remain steady in all districts. New Mexico and California’s San Joaquin Valley are just getting started while Texas and the California desert are finishing up. Expect better numbers by the weekend though. The only item that is short is Super-colossals. New Mexico has better size then California right but now but the Huron shippers are changing varieties next week. Reds are mostly steady in all areas as well. Huron, California has the better availability on reds. Whites are steady in all areas. The quality has been good in Texas and better in California

GREEN ONIONS Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco The green onion market is steady. Supplies are moderate out of Mexico. Prices are expected to be firm to possibly raising by the end of the week. Domestic green onions are due to start approximately in the month of June. LEAF LETTUCE Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco The leaf market is steady as suppliers continue to offer deals on all romaine and mixed leaf. This is a good time to promote all leaf items. In general, the quality has been good, with only occasional tip burn being reported. This market is expected to be very competitive throughout the week with deals being offered on volume type orders with many suppliers. LETTUCE Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco Supplies have tightened up with most suppliers and this market is up. There continues to be issues of quality problems. These issues include mechanical damage, light weights, and some slight decay in some lots. This market will likely continue to rise. MELONS: Amy Grolnick Cantaloupe: Domestic cantaloupes are now the only country we have available. The market price is all over the board with deals on jumbo 9’s. The fruit is running very large. Honeydew: The offshore honeydews are finished for the season. Mexican dews are

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POTATOES John Tole The Idaho market is steady but the shippers are bullish. This is still due to lower pack-outs in Idaho. Washington and Colorado continue to follow Idaho up. Idaho is still producing more 80-count and smaller while Washington and Colorado are peaking on 70’s and larger. Bakersfield, California continues packing reds, gold’s, and whites. They are into San Joaquin valley product so we should more size now. Florida is nearly done with Reds but still has Gold’s and whites. The Florida market is strong due to demand. Arizona is packing a few Reds and Gold’s but the availability is low due to strong demand there too. The quality in all three areas has been good. SQUASH Western Squash: Jaime Contrera Market continues unsettled on both Italian and Yellow S/N. Production has started in earnest with wide range of quality. Light supplies of yellow s/n squash causing market to inch up as demand pressures pricing. Eastern Squash: Janine Baird With Georgia now into good volume on squash the market is dropping. Shippers out of Central Florida are looking to move their supplies this week. Market should continue to trend downward.

Commodity Updates STONE FRUIT Amy Grolnick The California stone fruit season is going with fruit still small, mostly running 50 series and smaller. Apricot volume is increasing with good supplies and good eating quality. Brix will continue to increase over the coming weeks as will volume. June will have good promotable volume. Cherries are going with better availability and very good quality. TOMATOES Aaron Aliotti Western: Mexico growing regions are wrapping up and supply is expected to be tight until California gets in full swing during the first weeks of June. Grape and Cherry tomatoes are also limited. Hurricane Barbara in the South Pacific is developing, however forecast show the storm is not expected to have any significant impact to the growing region as it travels through further south and dissipates over mountain regions. Rain North of the storm is expected to be minimal with light storms. Eastern: The market is steady with limited volumes in Florida. Heavy rains are expected over the Southern half of the state through next week and could further limit supply in the Ruskin and Palmetto District. South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee have been delayed due to previous rains and are expected to start nd around the 2 week of June causing prices to come back down. More immediate round volumes are expected to come by the end of next week when Northern Florida begins to harvest. VALUE ADDED Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco Lettuce supplies have tightened up. There are good supplies of romaine and this will continue throughout the week. Suppliers are attempting to eliminate most of the outer wrapper leaves on the romaine that tend to show bruising easily. Broccoli and cauliflower availability will be light to moderate throughout the week. There is enough product however to fill all the processors needs. WATERMELON Jaime Contrera Market continues unsettled but availability is improving. Larger fruit is light due to cool evenings. Demand exceeds on s/less watermelon. Northern area is scheduled to start

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Continued within a week. Supplies however continue light. Availability on seeded watermelon is sporadic. Watermelons are available in Southern Arizona and Phoenix starting the first/second week of June.

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