THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Stem strawberries are very limited due to small sizing currently in California
December 5, 2012
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Weather: Tim Lynch The tail end of an existing Pacific storm system may provide lingering showers in Southern California today before clearing by this afternoon. A weak high pressure ridge keeps the region dry with temperatures in the high 60s through the week. The desert regions will see mostly sunny skies with near record high temperatures mid week. Temperatures will cool slightly to the high 70s through the week.
Industry wide problem with quality and supplies of strawberries shipping out of California. Lowest production point of the year currently
The port strike on the west coast is now over but it will take at least a week to get caught back up with clean fruit coming in
Domestic green and red grapes finishing up over the next few weeks
Freight: Mike McIntire Trucks in California have loosened up slightly this week after the Thanksgiving pull. Trucks in the Northwest and Idaho remain tight and will most likely remain that way throughout the fall season due to Christmas trees. Crude oil remained steady and is currently $89.31 per barrel. The national average remained steady and is currently 4.027 per gallon. Diesel is California remained steady as well and is averaging 4.139 across the state.
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Commodity Updates APPLES/PEARS John Tole New York is still packing Empires, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and McIntosh. They also have limited numbers of Courtland’s and Red Romes. All New York varieties are large except the Macs which are small. Washington Reds are peaking on size 88/100’s with higher color. The availability of small lower grade reds is light. Golden Delicious are also heavy to the 88/100 sizes and the Washington extrafancy grade. The Golden’s are producing more of the lower grades. Granny-Smiths are still heavy to the higher grades and size 72/80’s. Lower grade Granny availability is low and the market is stronger. Small Granny-smiths may be the tightest item out there right now. Gala’s are producing more of the Washington extrafancy grade and are peaking on 80’s through 100’s. Gala demand is strong in Washington right now. Washington Fuji’s are heavy to 64/72/80’s and are producing more of the Washington extra-fancy grade. Pink-Lady’s, Cameo’s, Jonagolds, Braeburns, Romes, Jazz, and other varietals are all still available. Washington Bartletts are still producing mostly 110 and larger fruit and are heavier to US#1 grade. Washington D’Anjou's are heavier to the larger sizes and the US#1 grade as well. Bosc and red pears are still available. ASPARAGUS Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco This market is active on all sizes. Jumbo sizing continues to be unavailable in Yuma, but can be purchased in LA if desired. Standard sizing is the most readily available. The pricing has become very comparable between loading in LA or Miami. Supplies will be very light for the rest of the week in all loading locations. AVOCADO Tim Kelley Mexico continues with good volume. California is done with this season’s crop. We are starting to see some limited supplies of Chilean fruit starting to hit the market. Mexican fruit remains the major supplier and remains aggressively priced. BELL PEPPERS Western Bells: Jaime Contreras Green bell market is very unsettled. Southern California is currently shipping green bells from Thermal and Coachella. Warm weather in California ought to help increase some production. Increasing crossings through
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Commodities at a glance… Commodity
Good Fair Good Fair Good Good Good Fair Good Good Good Good Good
Steady Higher Steady Steady Higher Steady Higher Lower Steady Steady Steady Steady Steady
Red Grapes Green Onions Lettuce: Leaf Lettuce: Iceberg
Good Fair Good Good
Steady Steady Steady Steady
Melons: Honeydew Onions Pears Potatoes
Good Excellent Good Excellent
Steady Higher Steady Lower
Squash (Eastern) Stone Fruit Tomatoes (Western) Tomatoes (Eastern) Watermelon
Good n/a Good Fair Good
Steady n/a 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)
Commodity Updates Z Nogales; sizing will be more toward large fruit; supplies are more than adequate. Colored Red bell market is steady but still very light supplies. Growers are anticipating slightly lighter production as older districts are playing out and cold weather passes through. Coachella/Thermal California have started. Extreme Demand exceeds market. We anticipate open field colored bells to start crossing through Nogales first weeks of December. Gold bells are settling but, they
continue demand exceeds supplies. Eastern Bells: Janine Baird Florida is starting to ramp up their pepper volume as both south and central Florida are working pepper. Quality has been excellent. Market should soften through the week. BERRIES Mike Gorczyca Strawberries: Supplies are extremely short out of growing areas currently (California, Mexico and Florida). California supplies are limited due to the weather they received late last week and being at the lowest production point of the year. Quality is fair at best. Quality issues to be aware of are water soak, decay, mold, bruising, white shoulders and green tips to name a few. Only order what you need, as this fruit will not hold up more than a day or so after arrival. A few new areas are starting to break ground in California which is Oceanside, Irvine and Coachella. Supplies in these areas will not be up to speed till after the first of the year. Mexico supplies crossing into McAllen, Texas are slowly building each week but still not enough to cover the demand. Quality is being reported as good with medium size fruit. Florida just started breaking ground last week with limited supplies. Supplies will increase each week but will be a few weeks away before they have enough to cover the demand. Quality is being reported as good to fair. Sizing is small to medium. Stem berries will be non-existent for the foreseeable future. Most shippers are switching to 8/1# berries and subbing for other packs in order to extend their ability to cover orders; as well as protect the quality of the fruit. Raspberries: Lighter demand and supplies is keeping this market steady but once demand picks up watch for this market to firm up. Quality is being reported as good to fair. Blackberries: Supplies range from plentiful to fairly tight depending upon which shipper we
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are dealing with. Despite this inconsistent supply quality remains good across the board. We currently have a wide range in price and expect that to continue for the near term. Blueberries: Supplies have tightened up for all shippers as Argentina has finished harvest for the season. Chileâ€™s first shipments have just started to arrive with limited numbers. Availability will increase as each week move on. Quality is being reported as good. The main pack size is 6oz with a few 4.4oz being packed. BROCCOLI Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco This market is flat. Suppliers have quoted cheaper pricing if loading in Salinas, but Yuma production has increased. Pricing, overall is very competitive and deals are available for volume type orders. This is a good time to promote this commodity. Santa Maria has production if desired. Overall, the quality has been favorable with little to no major issues worth reporting. CARROTS Tim Kelley California carrot supplies are beginning to lighten. Demand is much better as other growing regions finish for the season. Market is firm. CAULIFLOWER Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco This market is softer. Supplies have loosened up with most suppliers. Demand has fallen off compared to the previous week. There are still a few complaints on brown spotting being seen upon arrivals so please be aware. Supplies are all but finished in Salinas. If needed, we can check on availability. CELERY Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco This market is firm. Smaller sizing, 36s and smaller continue to have the lightest availability. The supplies on 24 counts are light in availability as well with most suppliers, but there is availability. Salinas, Santa Maria, and Oxnard are the areas of production for this commodity. A two dollar loading fee will be incurred if loading in Yuma. CITRUS Tim Kelley Lemons: The Desert crop volume is good. Size continues to be heavy on the smaller fruit (140 and smaller). Quality is good and improved availability on the larger fruit is
Commodity Updates Z beginning to show with some shippers. Oranges: The Navel crop volume is good. Gas time is down to 48 hours or less and should be moving down from there over the next few weeks. Fruit is testing well and color is improving with the cooler nighttime temps that growing areas are now getting. Fruit is currently packing on heavy to the Fancy grade and peaking on the smaller sizes. Limes: Supplies are fair with some quality issues showing up due to past rains in the growing regions in Mexico. The marked is firm. CUCUMBERS Western Cucumber: Jaime Contreras Market is on a slight upward trend; production has increased as well as new acreage coming online but, some older fields are grading down. Cucumbers are crossing through Nogales and are good quality. Expect steady supplies as growing areas anticipate seasonably warm weather. Eastern Cucumbers: Janine Baird South Florida now has all of the volume on cucumbers, with Georgia being completely finished and Plant City dwindling down. The off shore deal is due to start up in another 7-10 days. In the meantime, the market should remain steady.
on the west. Black Seedless with good supplies and red Globe are limited. GREEN ONIONS Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco This market is steady. Suppliers are stronger out of Mexico. We have a split market currently as the pencil onions seem to be readily available while the larger sizes are tighter. LEAF LETTUCE Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco The market is steady. Production is all but finished in Salinas. The quality in the desert on romaine Hearts is reported to have very little bleaching. The hearts are not cupping well either. The product is very green. Sizes and weights are reported to be good out of Yuma on carton romaine, as well as green and red leaf. LETTUCE Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco This market is steady. The weights on the palletized lettuce are running 42-46 lbs. Demand is on the light side and suppliers are looking to make deals. Issues on lettuce have been minimal, as the quality is good, overall. Yuma is the main growing area for this commodity now.
EGGPLANT Western Eggplant: Jaime Contreras Market is settling increasing supplies crossing through Nogales; excellent quality. Warm weather ought to keep supplies adequate and steady. Eastern Eggplant: Janine Baird Georgia is finishing up with their eggplant for the season and Floridaâ€™s cooled weather has brought about a very slow start to their eggplant season. As Floridaâ€™s volume increases this week, we should see the market decline steadily.
MELONS: Amy Grolnick Cantaloupe: The desert domestic fruit is pretty cleaned up for the season. Offshore fruit is coming in with better volume and next week will increase. Pompano area with good availability on the larger sizes. There is limited availability on the west coast, the port strike is now over but it will take some time to get cleaned up. Honeydew: Good availability of Mexican honeydew coming in with shippers looking to move the fruit. The desert is finished up with the domestic fruit. Offshore has started on the east coast with mostly large fruit available. There is some light availability of large fruit coming into the west coast.
GRAPES: Amy Grolnick The market is steady to higher on grapes as most domestic shippers have finished harvest of both red and green grapes and are shipping storage fruit. Color continues to be a problem on domestic fruit. Greens continue to be limited. Brazilian green have started on the east coast with good quality but still very pricey. Peruvian red and green will have started with supplies on the east coast and limited supplies
ONIONS John Tole Washington and Idaho are steady on yellows but both markets remain strong. Both areas have historically low numbers of yellows in storage and Washington is getting strong export demand so the shippers remain bullish. Idaho/Oregon is still packing more large yellows and is more limited on mediums while Washington still has more jumbo and mediums. Reds are also steady in both areas. Most
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Commodity Updates shippers also have lower red inventories so they remain bullish on them also. Whites are steady but strong in both areas. The quality has been good in both areas and all colors. POTATOES John Tole The Idaho market is steady to slightly lower on all packs and sizes. Demand remains light. Most Idaho shippers are packing Burbanks this week but several will have norkotahs next week. 40-70’s are still the bulk of the Idaho carton production while 80’s and smaller remain limited. The Washington market is steady on all sizes and they are also heavier to the larger counts. Colorado is also producing more of the larger counts and is more limited on 80’s and smaller. Colorado counts are also steady. Expect Colorado to continue to follow the Idaho market. The russet quality has been good to excellent in all areas. Stockton, California is still packing whites and golds but they are nearing the end of the season. Both varieties are still heavier to A-size. Washington, Wisconsin, and Minnesota continue packing pack new-crop reds & golds and they are all mostly steady and also have better availability in the A-size. Idaho reds and golds are also both peaking on A-size and the availability is good. B-size is limited in Idaho for both varieties. The colored potato quality has been fairly good to excellent in all areas. SQUASH Western Squash: Jaime Contreras Market continues unsettled on both Italian and Yellow S/n. Supplies are improving as new acreage begins harvesting but, some current growing areas are experiencing un-anticipated gaps and/or quality issues. California continues with light production from Coachella, Ca. light numbers expected. Eastern Squash: Janine Baird South Florida is now into good volume on squash, bringing the market down. Quality has been good. STONE FRUIT Amy Grolnick Domestic fruit has finished for the season. There are both Hichiya and Fuyu persimmons and pomegranates available with good availability and quality. There is some off shore apricots and cherries that are being flown in, but they are very pricey.
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continued TOMATOES Aaron Aliotti Western: Baja is plentiful with large and medium sized rounds, but supply is short on larger fruit as a result of some tropical storms that occurred in August and September. December prices are expected to have variance as the market reacts to daily availability. A few grape tomatoes and very limited amounts of rounds are starting to show up in Nogales, yet it is still 2-3 weeks until significant volume is expected. Eastern: Cool weather South of Central Florida has slowed tomato production during recent weeks. Temperatures are allowing for heavier and larger sized rounds of good quality. With the coming of warmer weather, production is expected to increase through the end of the year. Roma tomatoes are expected to grow in volume also as temperatures begin to climb. Grape tomatoes remain abundant in good supply. VALUE ADDED Gabe Romero/Mike Pacheco The quality on lettuce is stronger. The Romaine supplies have good availability. There have been some issues on romaine breaking down due to very green color. Bleaching currently has been an issue with most suppliers on this commodity. Broccoli supplies are strong. The cauliflower supplies are getting stronger with most suppliers.
WATERMELON: Jaime Contreras Market is showing signs of upward trend in FOBs. Demand exceeds on s/less watermelon. We anticipate lightening supplies as Northern growing districts play out and wait for Jalisco districts to start. Most availability will be in cartons. Availability on seeded watermelon is sporadic. Seeded W/melon crossing through Nogales, supplies are improving as other growers start harvesting.