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May 16, 2017 The Santa Maria growing region experienced three consecutive days of 30+ mph winds over the weekend. Strawberry fields in wind-protected areas incurred light damage, but other areas were significantly affected. It will take harvesting crews at least two picking rotations to remove the heavily damaged fruit. Overall yields will be low this week. Berries in the Salinas/Watsonville, California region received less damage, but production is still approximately two weeks behind schedule. 

 

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MARKET UPDATE FOR June 26th, 2017

 

MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE

Apples: Small Granny Smith remain very short from Washington.


East Coast Peppers: There are a lot quality issues in eastern pepper due constant rain, hail and wind through the harvest season. Blackberries: Lighter supplies this week, but will bounce back next week.


Blueberries: Very limited supplies this week. Availability is expected to improve next week.

Raspberries: Supplies limited this week, more consistent next week.

Strawberries: Supplies are limited this week due to weather. Quality is fair with the possibility of dark and soft fruit.

Broccoli: Extremely hot temperatures in the growing regions has created decreased supplies and the market is trending higher.

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is a real problem as we are seeing insect damage in most packs coming from Mexico. The market remains elevated at high prices.

Cauliflower: The market has reached its peak as supplies look to improve with the current heat in the Salinas Valley.

Lemons: Demand exceeds supplies.

Oranges: Demand exceeds supplies on all sizes and grades.

Cucumbers: Eastern cucumber quality is poor due to excessive rain in the southeast.

Eggplant: Eggplant out of California is very poor quality and very limited supply. Market is very high on marginal product.

Red & Green Grapes: An extreme heat wave is happening in the grape growing region. Quality and availability will be affected. We can expect sun scalding and softness in some lots.

Green Onions: Extremely hot temperatures in the growing regions of Mexico will affect quality, supplies, and the market.

Cantaloupe: An extreme heat wave is hitting the growing region. Quality and availability is being affected in a negative way.

Honeydew: An extreme heat wave is hitting the growing region. Quality and availability is being affected in a negative way.

Watermelon: California crop is damaged due to heat, look for alternative production areas, Georgia or West Texas.

Onions: Extremely hot temperatures in both onion growing areas this week with New

Mexico hitting 110 degrees at the end of last week.

Potatoes: Large cartons (80 count and larger) are in a demand exceeds supply situation.

Stone Fruit: High heat in the Central Valley has limited the time harvest crews can be in the field and affect pack outs and supplies.


 


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ENGLISH PEAS- Fresh Ontario peas continue with good supplies. Quality is outstanding.


GREENS- Collards, dandelion, red and green swiss chard, green and red kale, bok choy and shanghi bok choy from Ontario continue with good supply.

GREEN ZUCCHINI- Ontario green and yellow zucchini continues with light supplies, due to cool weather.

STRAWBERRIES- There are better supplies of Ontario field grown strawberries. Quality and flavor is outstanding.

BUNCH RADISH – Ontario bunch radishes have started. Quality is outstanding with good supply.

ASPARAGUS- Ontario asparagus continues, but this will be the last week of harvest. Quality is excellent. – Murrays Asparagus / Duca Farms – Norfolk County.

EGGPLANT– Ontario hothouse grown eggplant continues. There is also graffiti eggplant now available. – St. Davids Greenhouse, St Davids

RHUBARB- Ontario rhubarb continues, now with field grown product. Supplies are

good and pricing has dropped. – Various Farms.

PEPPERS- Red, yellow and orange hothouse bell peppers continue with very good supplies and excellent quality. Pricing is steady as volume is meeting demand. – Various Farms

MUSHROOMS- Button mushrooms, are still very tight. Demand exceeds supply on button mushrooms. Some growers have switched to growing brown mushrooms; which continues to make the market short.

TOMATO- Ontario 15lb hothouse tomato are now in good supplies. Ontario red vine and yellow vine tomato are also in good supply. There are also Ontario kumato, heirloom, gourmet medley and Campari.

ONION/CARROT- Ontario cooking onions continue with good supply at steady pricing. Heirloom carrots are winding down and jumbos are now finished. Ontario red onions are in good supply, with good quality expected through May.

CABBAGE – Storage supplies are being reported as lighter than previous years indicating that they might be finished sooner this season. Red cabbage has finished. Quality remains good, with pricing increasing sharply.

POTATO – White and Yukon potatoes are in short supply; especially real Yukon Golds. We continue with PEI for large white and Yukon Golds.

ENGLISH CUCUMBERS – The cucumber market has returned to normal with very good quality and ample supplies. Growers continue harvesting the late spring crop. Foodservice supplies have also returned to normal levels.

APPLES – The Ontario apple season continues with Macintosh and Empires continuing to be available in lighter numbers as the season comes to a close.

HOTHOUSE LETTUCE- Hydroponic boston remains in very short supply.

 

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VEGETABLES


ICEBERG- Salinas and Santa Maria are the primary shipping points for iceberg lettuce off the west coast. This market has remained unchanged with most suppliers. Although temperatures have been very high this past week, the quality has been good. A cooling trend will bring temperatures back to normal starting today and should maintain into early July. Slight mechanical and insects have been reported, but only lightly. The weights are good averaging 43-47 pounds. The availability in Santa Maria has picked up and Salinas is strong. The Salinas valley has had sporadic winds throughout the valley and time will tell on how it effects the quality of this commodity. Demand continues to be fair. Quebec is expected to start this week.

ROMAINE / LEAF- Salinas and Santa Maria are the primary shipping points for leaf lettuces off the west coast. The market has picked up on all leaf items, romaine in particular. High heats in all the growing regions has caused for lower yields with all shippers. Tip and fringe burn along with insect damage is being reported by many growers. Green and red leaf as well as butter are moderate in availability but with schools out, demand has been erratic. Defects are the same as romaine with all other leaf items. Yields are likely to get worse as temperatures are expected to soar by the end of the week. Quebec romaine is going strong with good quality at reasonable prices.


SPRING MIX / HERITAGE BLEND- Supplies are good, but quality is just fair, with shortened shelf life, due to the extreme heat.


ROCKET ARUGULA / WATERCRESS -
Supplies of arugula and watercress from Florida are good with variable quality. Demand is steady.

BROCCOLI- Supplies are driving this market as all growing areas have decreased volume due to the extreme heat. That has firmed up the market and now it looks to trend higher. There will be lighter supplies for the next two weeks as the much warmer temperatures have brought acreage forward. Quality has been really nice with decent crown size and minimal yellowing. Ontario will start production towards the end of June.

CAULIFLOWER– The cauliflower market has seen its peak. The current price levels have peaked. As the heat brings on acreage, we should see a decline in the market. Although suppliers tend to keep their prices strong until the bottom falls out. Quality has been really nice even though the market has been elevated. We have seen good arrivals with minimal brown discoloration, decent weights, and clean white color.

IMPORTED ASPARAGUS– Central Mexico is the strongest region in production at this time, volume is heavy, and quality is fair. California still has another 2-3 weeks left in its season before it wraps up. Washington State has started to close some fields, and production is starting to wind down due to warmer day time temperatures. Peru has very light production due to market prices being so low for the last 2 weeks, they should be opening new fields in the next 2 weeks. Michigan and Ontario are almost wrapped up with more fields closing due to seasonality.

BEANS– Very light supplies continue from Mexico, Georgia with Ontario just starting. Supplies are very limited and demand far exceeds supplies. Pricing has increased dramatically due to lack of supply. Quality is only fair. Wax (yellow) beans continue to be very tight due to fewer acres planted. Snipped: Supplies are very tight. Pricing is elevated. Quality is fair.

CELERY- Salinas and Santa Maria, are the primary shipping points for celery off of the west coast. Oxnard is expected to finish this week with warmer temperatures forecast throughout California. This celery market has become stronger with most shippers. The warm temperatures in the growing regions has created defects such as mechanical, dehydration, insect and some early seeder. Demand appears to be getting stronger. Salinas production as well as Santa Maria is moderate, with large sizing being less available compared to past weeks. Oxnard will be moderate in production for the entire week.


IMPORTED GREEN ONIONS– The previous ten days in the growing regions of Mexico have seen extremely high temperatures. This will definitely put a damper on quality and supplies. When temperatures get that hot, we see the growth rate slow down tremendously. We will see smaller sized green onions and increased brown to yellow tops. Demand will definitely pick up and the market will increase well into next week.
Quebec green onions continue with good quality and excellent supply.

EGGPLANT- West: Eggplant is currently being shipped from Fresno California with very limited supply and very poor quality and condition. Heat has damaged the plants and the product is very poor. East: Eastern eggplant supply is in good. This is because eggplants grow higher in the bush than the other commodities we deal with, the quality is holding up. The majority of the supply is coming from Georgia followed by South Carolina. North Carolina should start light volume this weekend. The eggplant market is steady at very reasonable levels, Shippers are in peak volume right now but look for supplies to tighten up next week. Volume will start to decline in Georgia next week and although the Carolinas will be packing. There is not a lot of acreage planted in the region. The next big growing area will be New Jersey in mid-July.

SPINACH– Savoy style (cello) spinach supplies have improved slightly. Baby spinach and flat spinach supplies and quality are good.

ONIONS– Onion markets out of both California and New Mexico are slightly firmer this week due to slightly better demand for the American 4th of July holiday coming up. Temperatures in New Mexico onion growing area have been above 100 degrees for the past 10 days. Once the temperatures get above 100 degrees the onions will stop growing. This could make supplies of Colossal and larger very limited out of this growing area. Only time will tell. The forecast is calling for temperatures cooling going into the front part of next week. Quality is still being reported as good. Temperatures in the California have been 105 or higher the last couple of days. A slight cooling trend is forecasted going into the week. Quality is still being reported as good.

IMPORTED ZUCCHINI– East Coast: The Eastern green and yellow zucchini market is split, with green pricing coming down and yellow staying strong. The zucchini supply is spread out from Georgia to New Jersey and west to Ontario and Michigan. Summertime local deals are getting started all around the eastern half of the country. Michigan has just started with light volume. Most shippers are still a week from starting. Georgia and the Carolinas are still harvesting but quality has been diminished from all the rain and weather the region has received over the past three weeks. The quality in the mid-Atlantic and mid-West is much better but since the volume is light logistics are somewhat of an issue. West Coast: Green and yellow zucchini are both finished in all districts. Production in Santa Maria has improved due to warm weather. Sizing is mostly medium followed by fancy and extra fancy with very few wire bound crates being offered.

WEST COAST PEPPERS– Serrano: Quality remains good with better demand. There is mostly medium to large size. Supplies remain on the tight side. Poblano: Fair quality will continue with new crop in Baja California. Heat has made availability more limited. Green/Red: Green peppers are finishing in Coachella and production in Bakersfield is improving with very good quality currently, peaking and large, extra-large and jumbo sizes. Choice will become more available as heat starts to affect the quality. Red pepper are becoming much more limited as Coachella is winding down early due to heat and Bakersfield has limited production.

HARD SQUASH- Hard squash is still being offered from the central valley in California. Butternut and Kabocha are in good supply with Acorn and Spaghetti being very limited.

EAST COAST PEPPERS- Jalapeno: Good quality on new crop pepper. Excellent size color and condition with good supplies. Green: The eastern green bell pepper market is active. The majority of the supply is coming from the Carolinas and Georgia. All regions have quality issues to deal with. North Carolina has had some hail and severe wind damage, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have had a lot of rain. Many of the larger eastern buyers have started loading in California since they have gotten in better supply. Georgia is winding down fast, South Carolina will continue until the second week of July with only average quality and North Carolina will harvest until the third week of July. North Carolina may have the best chance with quality, once they get past the first set of pepper the damage from wind and hail should diminish. New Jersey and Michigan are set to start the third week of July and shippers are trying to get by as well as they can until these regions begin harvesting.

IMPORTED CABBAGE- Cabbage is tight this week and minimal supplies are available across the country as southern crops have wrapped up for the season and northern crops have not yet come off. North Carolina has limited supplies, Texas also has limited quantities available at a higher price. 

CUCUMBERS– East: Cucumber quality is poor in the Southeast as the market remains steady. Georgia and North Carolina have experienced a lot of rain and quality is suffering greatly. The mid-Atlantic states have started light volume of good quality product. Volume should pick up in the region although acreage is down over the past few years. Michigan is set to start light volume this weekend with volume coming in two weeks. The crops in Virginia, New Jersey and Michigan appear to have good quality and are on time, giving buyers something to look forward to. West: There is limited supply on cucumber coming out of Nogales, Arizona. Supply has also started crossing in Baja California. Excellent color, quality and condition on all grades, sizes and pack styles.

NEW POTATOES- California: Red A and B size are up a couple dollars. The market for all other reds, golds, and whites are steady. The quality is good. North Carolina: All colors are available now and the market is steady on everything except red As and Bs which are a couple dollars higher. Virginia: They are just starting to pack reds but are having some skinning issues.

CARTON BAKING POTATOES – Canadian: Planting on Prince Edward Island is about 75% complete.  Growers really need heat units. There has been the 3rd highest amount of rain for May since it has been recorded. Last weekend was warm and windy which will help. The holdings report for June 1st show major shortages in all of Canada. PEI has a few more potatoes than last year but all of the surplus has been taken up by processors. Later planting has processors concerned about supply to meet the new crop and keep the plants running. Most fresh packers are finishing much earlier than last year and there is no supply to be found. Demand for new crop has prices at or close to all time highs. It appears like a big shortage coming for late July and early August as most crops are delayed and haven’t been planted in the best of conditions. It looks like the second week of July will be the end for PEI storage crop supplies. U.S.A: The availability of Idaho, Washington, Colorado and Wisconsin 40-70 count is way down and orders with larger quantities of these sizes are taking extra days to be made. Market is very active and climbing each week. Small potatoes look to be the trend for the balance of the storage crop out of all areas. New crop Idaho Norkotah will start around the first week of August which should give us relief on the 40-70 count potatoes. Washington and Nebraska should start approximately the end of July. Colorado and Wisconsin by mid-August. The quality and size profile of Idaho’s storage crop hasn’t been the best since we switched to Burbanks. Issues have included internal and external bruising, light hollow heart, external cuts and occasional soft rot. These issues will continue through the balance of the storage crop. Shippers are grading harder to get most of these defects out of their packs.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS- We continue to see insect damage is most lots from Mexico. This has taken its toll on supplies as supplier’s scramble to sort through the damaged product. The market continues to be elevated at current levels. This will trend for the next three weeks. Quality is only fair at best.

BUNCHED KALE- The kale market is steady as suppliers have plenty of supplies. Quality has been excellent with minimal yellowing or dehydration. We have seen arrivals with dark green color and good weights.

SWEET CORN- Georgia corn is in full swing and promotable volume is available. Watch for pricing to rise slightly as we move into the American holiday pull for July 4th.

CILANTRO- We continue to have plenty of supplies from all growing regions. This has kept the market competitive. The quality has been good with only a few arrival problems with yellow to brown leaves. But the overall quality we have seen has been full bunches, vibrant green color, and little dehydration.


 

FRUIT

SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Overall demand exceeds current supply. We are expecting this to continue through the American July 4th holiday push at the very least. West Coast and Texas: Seedless watermelon in the west is very short and only fair quality due to the heat. Western Arizona is done shipping along with Coachella. Bakersfield is shipping in a limited way with only fair quality and size. With virtually no Mexican product coming into Nogales and decreased acreage in Arizona and Southern California this year supplies on seedless are limited. East Coast: Supplies on the east coast are a little tight and trucks are very tight. East Coast supplies on seedless limited this week as we continue to deal with more weather-related issues. Rain is in the forecast for the next two days in Georgia. Fruit has been very slow to color up and ripen due to the rain and the cooler temperatures. If and when the weather improves supplies should pick up as there is plenty of fruit in the field in Georgia, Florida and Mississippi; we just need the weather to cooperate.


GOLD PINEAPPLES– Supplies of pineapples out of Costa Rica are starting to drop as some farms enter the supply valley after the natural floration event. Projections are now showing that July will be an extremely low supply month. Rains continue to hit the northern region with some water spot issues reported on larger sized fruit. Quality control is reporting 14-15 brix's with good shell color but some spotting on large count was seen on fruit from the north. As mentioned before, July and August will be extremely tight supply and we will focus on allocating volume to our contracts. Movement reports shows a very strong drop on inbounds at 750 loads last week vs week prior showing as the heaviest week of the year at 1150 loads. This is a sign of tight volume to come.


AVOCADOS- Industry volume remained steady last week, coming in at nearly 47 million pounds. This week’s total volume is expected to be in the 45 million-pound range as Mexico continues to harvest higher than anticipated volumes, coupled with increasing Peruvian arrivals. Mexico- Last week’s Mexican shipments came in at nearly 27 million pounds. This week, Mexico is expected to continue with steady volume in advance of the transition to the Flor Loca crop over the next several weeks. California- Last week’s production came in at just under 8 million pounds. We expect production to remain in the 7-8 million-pound range before beginning to taper after the July 4th holiday period. Peru- Last week 12 million pounds of Peruvian fruit arrived. Arrival volume is expected to remain in the 10-13 million-pound range through mid-July. Arrival quality has been good, and expectations are for marketable volume from Peru to continue through early September. Despite excellent quality and superior flavor profile. Market Outlook- Volume estimates for the end of June are in the upper 40 million-pound range, in advance of the American July 4 holiday push. California production is expected to continue to taper off after the end of the month; Mexican shipments should stay in the mid-20 million-pound range; and Peruvian arrivals to remain steady during the next 4-6 weeks. 


STRAWBERRIES- The weather has not been kind to strawberries recently. Two weeks ago, we were recovering from a shot of rain which put us in limited supplies. Then temperatures shot up last week. Growers have been fighting soft fruit and quality issues since. We have another week of 80s-90s in the forecast. We should see quality recovering gradually with each day we get further past the rain. However, warm days have the potential to keep fruit on the dark red / soft side. That being said, yields have been down and supplies are limited this week. Market prices have increased over the last few days and will remain firm through the week. We expect to see better supplies next week.

BLUEBERRIES– Blueberry supplies have been very limited. This week will be the worst of it. As we wait to transition to the Pacific North West (expected to start June 26th), we only have limited availability of Central California fruit remaining. Because of the very warm weather over the weekend, much of the remaining crop was damaged. Yields are lower than expected and the fruit we were counting on to bridge the gap is now much more limited than anticipated. Shippers in Salinas and Watsonville will have very little fruit until middle of next week. We expect west coast supplies to improve next week and be back on track by the first week of July. On the east coast, New Jersey started production this week and is expected to increase volume over the next 2 weeks. Michigan is expected to start by the end of June. Ontario is expected to start late July.


RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES – Raspberries: The recent warm weather has slowed production of raspberries from all areas. Santa Maria, Salinas and Watsonville will all experience lower yields this week, making supplies limited through the weekend. Demand has been steady and market prices did jump up slightly this week. Quality has been strong, but with the warmer weather, we may see some occasional soft berries. We expect better supplies next week. Although some areas have past peak production, we expect to see consistent supplies through summer then an increase in supplies as we move into August. Blackberries: The warm weather slowed the blackberry harvest last week, but we expect to be back on track for increased supplies over the next 2 weeks. Salinas, Watsonville and Santa Maria are all expected to continue to increase gradually as we move into July. Demand has been steady and quality has been strong. Market prices have firmed up slightly this week. Georgia production has been steady but light. North Carolina is starting with light harvest this week and is expecting better supplies next week. Overall, we expect to see steady supplies through July.


MANGO- Mango volume is up as Mexico begins to enter their weeks of peak production, typically seen mid-June thru mid-July. The regions of Nayarit and Sinaloa have begun harvesting and shipping fruit adding to the regions of Michoacan and Jalisco. Varieties include Tommy Atkins and Kent with peak sizing on 10 count. Also Honey or Ataulfo mangos peaking on 18's and 22's. All fruit is showing good quality. With volume picking up this is a great time for mango promotions, especially on 10 count.


PAPAYA- Imperial Papaya is in full swing with large inventory. Volume is increasing. Sizing is heavier to 12s but good supplies of 8s & 9s. Fruit is clean, firm, good color with excellent quality. Maradol and Tainung are available as well, sizing mostly 8s & 12s. Good quality on both. Supplies are adequate with no current weather issues at this time. 


GRAPES– The grape supply is still quite strong even as we prepare to transition from Mexico to the California valley in the coming weeks. We expect to see the price of Mexican flame red grapes rise slightly before the green Sugarones market follows, as we get closer to the end of the season. Coachella grape supply is going strong as well if we are willing to pay a slightly higher price than the Mexican product loading in Nogales. Looking forward to the central California season we expect them to start with flames the end of June and with Sugarones to follow a day or two behind and start by early July. Red: Grapes are experiencing an extreme heat wave in the growing areas that was predicted to last until Sunday June 25th. Thankfully most growers in Mexico have already harvested and their grapes are in cold storage. California growers in the Coachella Valley have concerns about the quality and supplies they have in the heat wave. No reports have been made available as to any crop damage but we can expect sun scalding and softness in some lots. The red grape market much like the green grape market and is at the bottom with an opportunity to move up. The growers up in the San Joaquin Valley are gearing up for production in July. Supplies are ample and quality is very good. The market is currently up slightly. Green: Grapes are experiencing an extreme heat wave in the growing areas that is predicted to last until Sunday June 25th. Thankfully most growers in Mexico have already harvested and their grapes are in cold storage. California growers in the Coachella Valley have concerns about the quality and supplies they have in the heat wave. No reports have been made available as to any crop damage but we can expect sun scalding and softness in some lots. The green grape market much like the red grape market is at the bottom with an opportunity to move up. The growers up in the San Joaquin Valley are gearing up for production in July. Supplies are ample and quality is good. The market is currently up slightly.

STONE FRUIT-  Stone fruit in the Central Valley has not hit full production yet. Smaller sizes of peaches and nectarines are still the more difficult sizes to find. Many shippers are out this week on all sizes of peaches but we should still be able to cover orders. Nectarines are facing the same challenges but supplies are a little better than on peaches. Plums are in good supply with good quality. Recent high heat has slowed harvest.

CHERRIES- Cherries have started from Washington. Rain over the past weekend slowed harvest but supplies should increase as we move into the week. Quality is very good.


LIMES– Limes are in a trend that is evening out price and availability on all sizes from 110’s to 230’s. The peak volume is split now between 200’s and 230’s. Quality has remained good and the weather has turned towards favorable for growth. Previous months had very little rainfall which was below normal and the limes suffered suppressed growth. Demand has remained pretty steady and the market has been on a slow downtrend. We have found the bottom already on the small sizes which are creeping up while the larger sizes are continuing their slow declining prices. Quality is good with very few problems being reported. The overall market is steady.


NAVEL ORANGES– The first half of the South African navel crop is very light due to drought conditions in South Africa. Time will tell if there is more fruit to export into August. As for the Chilean fruit, it is still coming along just fine. The reports from Chile is that they have had 11 of the past 15 days of heavy rain. The rain has delayed harvest of lemons and oranges and has also slowed down the harvest of Mandarins. Growers feel the rain is going to help a lot because of their drought the last 5 years, but are worried the affect it is going to have on other commodities. The rain will help for the crop this year and in the future. They feel harvesting will not start until the end of June and will start exporting mid-July. They are very anxious to start because they are hearing the navel season in California is ending early and the prices on fruit from Chile is going to be really good. According to the shipper’s fruit is coming along really nice on color and they should have a great quality season. The fruit sizes were 113, 88, 138, 72.


VALENCIA ORANGES- Demand for California Valencia oranges is very strong and doesn’t look to weaken any time soon. Short supplies look to continue to be an issue for entire Valencia season. With this year’s lighter crop, we are seeing some packers take the month off packing and others moderate their pack weekly to make the crop last through September. We are seeing demand exceed supplies on all size and grades of fruit.


GRAPEFRUIT- California: California grapefruit is in full swing with harvest ramping up because of demand. Shippers are trying to move fast through the California crop before South Africa starts landing in the U.S. South Africa grapefruit has already started landing on the east coast. The size structure on grapefruit is still 40, 48, 36, 32, 56 and the quality on California grapefruit is looking good. The quality defects on grapefruit is scar and scale, but condition is great and very solid. The grapefruit utilization is running about 75 % with 50% fancy and 25% choice and the crop is about 75% harvested in Central Valley. Offshore: The South African grapefruit crop is still looking good. The total cartons expected to be 13.8 million versus last season was 12.2 million cartons. Size structure is 36, 40, 48, 36 and the quality of the grapefruit is looking very good. With California season about 75% harvested the South Africa fruit will land at a perfect time.

 

LEMONS– California: The lemon market continues to rise. Supplies are limited and demand is very strong. We are seeing demand exceed supplies on all sizes and grades of fruit that looks to last into the early fall. Offshore- Chile: The Chilean lemon crop is looking good and everyone is excited to get the season started. Unfortunately, because of the heavy rain the past 15 days growers are worried the rain will have effect quality wise, on the lemon crop this season. Being the size structure was looking a little small, the rain will help the fruit size up. The first loads of lemons have already started to arrive. Argentina / South Africa- Lemons from either Argentina or South Africa will hopefully fill the void left by California. The sizes are going to start on the small being 165, 200, 140, 115 as the size structure, but with 7 to 10 days of rain the last couple of weeks, they are hoping fruit will grow into the next sizes.


CANTELOUPES / HONEYDEWS – Cantaloupes (9’s/12’s/15’s): Cantaloupes are enduring the last few days of an intense heat wave. Temperatures have been recorded at 112 - 120. The intense heat is affecting the quality of melons and we should look for sun scalding and softness. Supplies are being hampered by the extreme heat due to crop loss and the fact that crews are being pulled from the fields for their own safety from the heat. Not harvesting causes the melons to be destroyed by the heat. We can expect quality problems and rising prices through the middle of July. The market is higher. Honeydews (4’s/6’s/ 8’s): Honeydews are enduring the last few days of an intense heat wave. Temperatures have been recorded at 112 - 120. The intense heat is affecting the quality of melons and we should look for sun scalding and softness. Supplies are being hampered by the extreme heat due to crop loss and the fact that crews are being pulled from the fields for their own safety from the heat. Not harvesting causes the melons to be destroyed by the heat. We can expect quality problems and rising prices through the middle of July. Mexico has very light volume crossing. The market is higher.


PEARS – Washington: D’anjou pears are steady to slightly higher on all sizes and they continue to peak on US#1 80/90s. Smaller size fruit remains limited. The quality has been good. Offshore: Chilean Packhams are steady on all sizes and they still have a fairly even size spread from 70-120s but numbers are limited. Argentinian Packhams are also steady and are still heavier to 100s and larger. The quality for both has been good. Both Argentinian and Chilean Bosc pears are steady and heavy to 100 size and larger. Chilean fruit is limited as the season is close to the end. The quality for both has been good.


TOMATOES– Florida East Coast: The northern Florida growing region has passed their peak and is wrapping up. South Carolina continues to be where the majority of fruit is being harvested on the east coast. Overall quality is holding up considering the amount of rain and tropical weather they have seen. However, shelf life should be a concern and there needs to be an effort to keep inventory tighter. The Roma tomato market jumped a few dollars again this week with light supplies crossing into Texas and California getting delayed starting their roma crop. Roma’s are forested to be limited in availability through the rest of the month. Grape tomatoes are widely available while cherry tomatoes are firm. California West Coast: California has stared shipping tomatoes, helping the overall volume, but quality is an issue. Excessive heat is showing signs of tenderness, bruising and sunburn in the crops and quality is mixed between initial picks and newer fruit. Roma tomatoes remain very limited in availability and look to be the only variety forecasted to be tight through the rest of the month. Volume has decreased out of Mexico and California will not have any in the market until next week when prices are expected to soften as supply improves. Grape tomatoes are widely available in abundance. Cherry prices are stable despite the reduced acreage in the west. More heat is expected in the forecast for California going into next week which may set off a bloom kill about 45 days from now reducing yields early to mid August. In the immediate future, there should be a flush of fruit as sunshine continues to bring on the maturity.


APPLES- Washington: Red Delicious are steady on all sizes and the fruit remains large peaking on 80/88s. Smaller size reds are more limited. Golden Delicious are steady but strong due to light supplies especially on 113s and smaller. Golden Delicious continue to peak on 72/80/88s. Granny Smith are mostly with some higher due to strong demand and light supplies. The fruit is still peaking on 72/80/88s. The availability of 88s and smaller is still very light and most suppliers continue to sub up in size and grade just to cover business. Galas are steady to higher on all sizes. Small fruit supplies are light in the later controlled atmosphere fruit. Galas continue to peak on 72/80/88s. We expect to see reds and galas to increase in price as we go through the summer. Fuji’s are higher on all sizes due to light supplies and they continue to peak on 64/72/80/88s. Small Fuji’s are the tightest. The quality for all varieties has been good. Michigan: Red Delicious are steady on all sizes and supplies are light. Some suppliers will finish at the end of this week while others will continue through the month. The quality has been good. Offshore- Chile: There are some Chilean Pink Lady’s, Fuji’s, Galas, and Granny Smith on the east coast. The Pink Lady’s and Granny’s are peaking on 90s and larger while the Fuji’s and Galas are evenly spread between 70-110s. The quality has ranged by variety. There are also some Chilean Braeburns, Fuji’s, Pink Lady’s, and Granny Smith on the west coast they are steady but peaking on 70/80s. The quality has been good.

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