Eastern Canada's Market Update
August 3, 2018 – Higher–than–average daytime and nighttime temperatures in the Salinas Valley have caused industry–wide heat–related defects in commodity and value–added items. Romaine products have been hardest hit; warmer temperatures are causing internal burn, insect pressure, and seeder. Temperatures are expected to return to seasonal averages over the next several days, which will help improve quality.
MARKET UPDATE FOR July 6, 2020
MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE
Apples: Markets are active due to consistent, retail demand and the injection of volume from the USDA Box Program. Smaller, low-grade sizes are tight and commanding higher money.
Asparagus: With local deals all coming to an end, and with Central Mexico getting some rain, and Peruvian asparagus coming in slowly, expect markets to get very short with high prices.
Peppers: Lighter production, transition to new fields and heat in the west as well demand from east is causing strong demand and strong markets on both red and green pepper.
Strawberries: The market remains firm as yields begin a slow decline over the next few weeks. Smaller berry sizing and some bruising is present in all packs.
Cherries: Storms in the Pacific Northwest have wreaked havoc on the availability of cherries. Shippers are optimistic that volumes will improve in about two weeks.
Celery: Demand and overall market is up. Issues of yellow foliage has been reported, otherwise good quality has been reported.
Broccoli: Better, more steady supply is allowing this market to adjust downward.
Brussels Sprouts: Supplies are moderate to light depending on the shipper. Value-added triggers are in place.
Oranges: Valencia’s continue to be harvested. Food service sizes 113/138’s, are still tight with active markets. Naves from South Africa have started.
Garlic: Light supplies will continue throughout the month of July as China transitions to new crop and California starts production.
Green and Red Grapes: Mexican grape season is winding down. Quality is fair and demand is light. Good quality out of Coachella. Arvin will be starting production next week.
Iceberg Lettuce: This market is firm, overall. Supplies continue to be moderate to light. Supplies of value-added items have tightened up.
Romaine: Romaine and romaine hearts are extremely tight. Demand will exceed supplies all week. Fringe and tip burn being reported upon arrivals.
Cantaloupe: Market remains strong and demand is good. The desert season is winding down and San Joaquin Valley is starting production in a light way. Small sized fruit remains limited.
Honeydew: Market remains strong and demand is good. Mexico will conclude their season next week. The desert is quickly winding down as we transition to the Westside. Honeydew production has started this week in the San Joaquin Valley.
Watermelon: Extremely tight this week. Arizona is winding down while Florida and Georgia calling were sold out for most of last week due to strong holiday ads for the 4th of July. Supplies will improve next week.
Onions: Markets on the rise as some growers are gapping in California and New Mexico. Expect high markets and limited supplies over the next couple of weeks.
Pears: Smaller, Washington shippers are concluding their season with larger shippers feeling the demand brought on by the USDA Box Program. California Bartlett’s and Bosc should be available the week of July 12.
Potatoes: Active demand for USDA boxes has markets climbing on smaller sizes. Burbank storage season will wind down over July with larger sizes becoming more scarce pushing those markets higher as well. Some lots may exhibit peepers and light mold.
GARLIC: China: The garlic market is showing signs of settling. Supplies are arriving from China with more consistency. Pricing on peeled garlic has eased slightly an should continue to ease as the supply pipeline continues to be filled. Quality is very good as China has transitioned to new crop. California- The 2019 California storage supplies are finished. New crop California garlic has started in a very light way. Demand for whole bulb garlic is extremely strong due to retail pull; demand exceeds supply. Product is available from Mexico, Spain and Argentina and may be subbed as needed.
ICEBERG- Iceberg lettuce supplies remain limited this week. Lower yields as well as the planting reductions due to Covid-19 related closures are now causing a demand-exceeds situation. There is potential, depending on demand, for lasting shortages iceberg into the early fall. Overall quality is still showing occasional heat damage in the form of internal burn, puffiness, discoloration and misshapen heads. The weather forecast calls for moderately cooler temperatures into this week. Salinas and Santa Maria are the primary iceberg growing regions in California. Supplies of Quebec iceberg are getting better as production continues to increase. Overall quality is good, with case weights still on the light side.
ROMAINE / LEAF- Romaine and romaine heart supplies remain limited this week while supplies of green and red leaf lettuces are expected to meet demand. Lower yields, high demand, as well as the planting reductions due to Covid-19 related closures are now causing a demand-exceeds situation for romaine. Romaine and romaine heart production is below normal volumes. Overall quality is still showing occasional heat damage in the form of fringe burn as well as few seeder. Triggers are in place for value-added romaine products. Salinas and Santa Maria are the primary romaine and leaf growing regions in California. New Jersey and Quebec also have good supplies of good quality romaine and leaf lettuce helping supplement supplies.
WEST COAST: SPRING MIX/BABY SPINACH/BABY KALE- Baby leaf supplies are steady this week. Foodservice demand continues to increase as restaurants continue to open. Foodservice are the biggest users of baby spinach, spring mix and baby kale and supplies exceed demand. Quality has been good with occasional yellowing and bruising of the tender leaves.
EAST COAST: ARUGULA / WATERCRESS / BABY RED KALE– Arugula: Arugula supplies are good with very good quality. As foodservice continues to open up, supplies still are easily meeting demand. Supplies will continue to exceed demand for the foreseeable future. Baby Red Kale: Production of baby red kale continues and supplies far exceed demand.
BROCCOLI- The broccoli market is starting to ease as demand has dropped and production numbers seem to be improving. Expect the market to remain tight with supply and steady pricing to start the week. Regional (Ontario, Michigan, British Columbia and Quebec) growing regions will bring relief with added supplies and lower prices expected. Trigger levels have been met for value-added products. Quality has improved. Hollow core is still present with some broccoli crown supplies as well as occasional brown or yellow beads. Look for this to continue for the next few weeks.
ASPARAGUS– With local regional supplies coming to an end and a lot of US retail demand for the 4th of July, markets jumped significantly. Mexican production is low due to lack of rain, and therefore volume is not ramping up as expected. The summertime is always a difficult time for asparagus as it is winter in Peru, and most of the production comes from there during July and August. We’re expecting markets to continue to be elevated with lower production volumes in the coming weeks, until the full Peruvian season gets under way in September.
CAULIFLOWER– Supplies continue to improve and are expected to get a little better this week. Demand has eased as has pricing. Overall quality continues to be good with slight bruising and yellow cast and weights in the 25 to 28-pound level. Look for this market to continue to ease going into next week. Ontario/Quebec cauliflower should start by July 15th.
BEANS– We are beginning to see this market ease as new fields are being harvested out of Virginia, and Ontario gets into better volumes. However, we are still seeing issues due to harsh weather conditions affecting the crops in South Georgia and the Midwest. Georgia is behind due to rain and the Midwest is delayed harvesting due to cold weather in May and followed by heavy rain. We should expect elevated markets for the next several weeks until supplies meet demand. Snipped: Snipped bean supplies are light with elevated pricing. Overall, quality is better, while demand still exceeds supplies.
CELERY- Supplies of celery are lighter to start the week. Oxnard is wrapping up production and Salinas is slow out of the staring gate. Additionally, decreased plantings and lower yields due to the recent heat wave has impacted the quality of celery from both growing regions. Quality reports show signs of heat damage in the form of pith with discoloration and some light color stalks. Salinas will take over as the primary shipping point for celery on the west coast. The Canadian and Michigan seasons will start mid-July; overall stocks will increase at that time.
GREEN ONIONS– The green onion market continues to stay steady with good supplies with good weather in Mexico. Quality is good with occasional leaf minor the wet weather. The labor force (lack of due to Covid) and summer heat is trying to drive this market up. We will need to keep an eye on it. Quebec has started with light supplies of green onions and will continue to increase volume over the next few weeks.
EGGPLANT- Quality is good and supply fair out of South Georgia. Georgia is reporting good production and condition with some #2 product being produced due to wind damage, but it is a cosmetic issue only. In the west, there is good supply and quality out of Coachella. Demand remains lackluster. We should start to see regional deals start mid-late July.
FIELD CUCUMBERS– Georgia fields will have another 7-10 days of production; however as old fields are left behind; the volume is significantly down. And yields are heavier to choice or selects. The good news is, as with zucchini, most local regions have started or will be starting this week from the northeast all the way to the northwest of the country. Expect supply through Central Mexico and Baja, California, with good volume from regional suppliers.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS- Growers are transitioning from Mexico to California (Salinas, Santa Maria, and Watsonville). Mexican stocks are in short supply as the season there winds down. California yields are also low as the season is just starting; stocks are expected to ramp up by mid-July. Value-added triggers remain in place. We will have tight supply this week but we expect better volume for next week. Overall quality is generally good to very good.
CORN- Corn supply remains vey tight, however supplies are starting to improve and prices have eased back a little this week. There is still limited supply out of South Georgia as a result of rain the past several weeks; we continue to see cobs that have not fully matured. In the west, Brawley, California has finished. We are still seeing light volume being packed in Coachella. Volume will be increasing out of the Central Valley. We are expecting Texas to start any day now, but we have been seen heavy rain in recent days throughout Texas which will only further delay production. We are expecting markets to remain active through next week due to rain and very high demand. Ontario corn will start around July 12th.
IMPORTED CABBAGE- Georgia volume on green cabbage is a little tight due to recent rains. With all the rain Georgia has seen, there have been harvest delays. Quality is good and fresh. Supplies exceed demand. Demand will hopefully get better.
KALE- The kale market is stable as growing conditions are good. Overall, quality is good with full bunches and some yellow leaves being reported. This week’s warmer weather, after the recent rains should continue to help the quality, supplies, and spur growth.
IMPORTED CARROTS- Processed snack packs and other smaller pack styles are under extreme pressure from continued heavy retail demand. Shippers are running lines to produce these at maximum capacity. All other packs are readily available with excellent demand for cello retail packs as well. Quality remains steady and the market remains firm.
CILANTRO- Volatile weather throughout June has caused a tight supply situation for cilantro out of California’s Salinas Valley, however supplies seem to be improving. California’s Ventura County weather and cilantro supply has been more stable as supplies there increase. Quality is improving as well. Expect pricing to ease as supplies improve. Grower/shippers in New Jersey, Ontario and Quebec have ample supplies and are reporting supplies exceeds demand. Quality from these regions is good.
ZUCCHINI– Georgia fields are pretty much done for the spring season. There are a lot of new regions in production and the volume has started to pick up quickly; more regional deals are kicking in from the Northeast all the way to the Northwest. There is good volume on green zucchini and a fair amount of yellow as well. So far, quality is expected to be pretty good. Expect good regional supplies to remain very strong for at least the next 2-3 weeks. Ontario has started with excellent quality of both green and yellow. Supplies will continue to ramp up through the week.
PEPPERS- Green Pepper: Georgia production is starting to wind down as many fields are going to 3rd and 4th harvests. Most fields are pretty much done for the season with only a few off-grades left. Expect choice and suntan pepper to be the predominant packs in Georgia this week and next. South Carolina started and North Carolina has started already with volume expected to pick up progressively. New Jersey is right around the corner and should start this week. California peppers have started to move north as well. We expect availability to improve some; however, we don’t foresee good consistent supply until late July once Canada and the Great Lakes regions get going. Red Pepper: The red pepper market has tightened up as crossings through South Texas and Otay Mesa start to slow down. Supplies out of Coachella are also winding down with production expected to move north over the next 14 days. Quality is still very nice from all regions.
TABLE POTATOES– June 1 table potato stocks are larger than they were in 2019. Most of the extra potatoes are located in PEI and Quebec. Growers should not have any problems moving the potatoes. At the May usage rate, the remaining potatoes would be cleaned up by July 8, though actual end dates will vary by province. Ontario: A 71.4% increase in May disappearance reduced Ontario’s June 1 potato stocks. That is 3% less than the province had in storage a year earlier. At the May usage rate Ontario’s table potatoes would be cleaned up by the middle of June. Its chip potato stocks would last through July 6. We suspect that Ontario chip companies need to import more chip potatoes than they have under contract. Quebec: June 1 potato stocks exceeded year-earlier holdings by 35.1%. Table potato stocks would be cleaned up by July 28 at the May usage rate, by which time the 2020 table potato harvest should just be getting under way. The frozen processing sector is reporting the largest increase in stocks. At the May usage rate, those potatoes would last through September 20. Imports: Northern Florida leads the way with red, white and yellow supplies continuing to increase as grower’s ramp up production. North Dakota, California, most of the Washington and Idaho supplies are finished for the season. Markets remain active with heavy demand for retail. Ontario new crop potatoes are expected to start in volume around the third week of July.
ONIONS– The market saw a quick increase in prices last week in both California and New Mexico. With Texas being finished, and the Vidalia supply still feeling the effects of heavy rain, demand is also stressing these regions. We are seeing high temperatures in California continue to affect shrink levels on all colors of onions, and we expect this will continue going into this week as more high temperatures are expected. Additionally, we are seeing the early plantings in both California and New Mexico finish up, and the later crops experiencing delays as they are not fully ready to ship yet. This is going to create a 7-10 day gap for many shippers. We anticipate the market will continue to strengthen this week and possibly into next week. Washington is expected to start shipping in about a month from now as well which should likely limit the levels to which the prices can reach. The extension of the USDA box program is also causing supply to remain firm, particularly on small sizes of all onion colors. As a reminder, we will experience thin, flaky skins on the fresh new crop onions.
CARTON BAKING POTATO: Canada had 26.8% more potatoes from the 2019 crop in storage on June 1 than the year-earlier holdings. This year’s June 1 inventory is the largest for this time of the year since 2007. Intended use data show that the extra inventory is concentrated in the processing sector, which has seen the biggest negative impact from quarantine measures established to control the spread of COVID-19. Canada’s May potato disappearance fell 5.5% short of the 2019 pace. The reduction from an already low usage rate took May disappearance to its lowest level since 2012. Virtually all of the downturn came in the frozen processing sector. The downturn in that sector reduced May disappearance to the lowest level of the past decade since Canada started to publish data on intended use for all provinces. Disappearance exceeded last year’s pace in Ontario and Manitoba, but fell short in all other provinces. PEI: The province held 33.6% more potatoes on June 1 than the June 2019 inventory. While last year’s inventory was exceptionally low, this year’s stocks are the largest for June 1 since 2007. Monthly disappearance fell to the lowest rate since 2007. Intended use data show that the province had more processing potatoes in storage as of June 1 than year-earlier holdings. At the May usage rate those potatoes would last through September 23. Industry experts are hopeful that local processors will be able to clean up this year’s processing potato stocks, though it may take longer than usual. The Island also had enough table potatoes in storage on June 1. At the May usage rate, those potatoes would be cleaned up by July 9. Late decisions to plant more potatoes might allow seed growers to move a portion of the seed left in storage on June 1, but they will have to find alternative outlets for most of those potatoes. USA: The Idaho potato market continues to climb. The remaining Burbank storage crop is leaning heavy to smaller sizes (80ct/90ct/100ct/110ct). Larger sizes (40ct,50ct,60ct,70ct) will be limited with increasing markets on smaller sizes due to heavy retail and USDA box demand. Additionally, freezing temperatures during the October 2019 harvests have affected the integrity of storage crop Burbanks. Expect packing delays until new crop, fresh-run Norkotahs become available in early August. Demand for raw product is increasing, creating competition for remaining 2019-2020 fresh-market crop supplies. Processor demand has risen as North America opens from COVID-19 shelter in place rules. Idaho new crop harvesting is set to begin during the week of August 3rd. Wisconsin new crop harvesting is expected to start the week of August 10th.
SEEDLESS WATERMELON- Supplies of seedless watermelons continue to be tight out of Georgia this week. We are seeing lower yields from the recent rains in Georgia. Missouri will start around July 15th and North Carolina will start at the end of July, as will regional deals across the country. Nogales will finish this week. Production is light this week out of Arizona and Southern California. The quality has been good and supplies are limited. Texas is shipping from the Floresville area with limited production. Summer demand remains strong.
PAPAYA- We are now seeing an increase in supply out of the growing region of Tecoman, Colima, Mexico with peak sizing on 7/8s, followed with 9s and a few 12s. Demand has weakened over the last week, and the market is more competitive between shippers on larger sizes like 7/8s. At this time, we are not seeing any quality issues or weather-related events that would affect supply. We will see the sizing shift to more small fruit through July.
GOLD PINEAPPLES– Rain showers will continue across the entire territory of Costa Rica. Rains are expected at higher than normal intensity due to a forming cyclone in the Pacific and the Tropical Wave #10 in the Caribbean. An incoming cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert by the Caribbean is expected to help decrease the rains through this week but farms still expect important rainfall to occur. Lack of sunlight due to constant cloudy conditions could start affecting internal development and brix levels. Rainfall is being monitored to determine the grade of possible water spotting issues for next week’s packings. Growers will continue to harvest early in order to avoid water spotting which could mean lower brix levels, and lower external and internal condition. The USDA crossing report is showing a slight increase in inbound volume from Costa Rica last week at 280 containers to North America. This number is likely to be revised as it seems very low. The USDA is reporting demand as fairly good and the market slightly higher. Inbound volume has not improved significantly and neither has the yields at the farms. Some farms expect improvements on supply starting next week but still lower than expected. Demand for pineapples is improving with more requests being seen for large-count fruit. The current Mexican supply gap will move some inbound volume from Costa Rica into the Gulf states, reducing the total offer to other destinations which could affect availability for the East and West coasts. Market is finally reacting in a positive way to lower inbound volume.
MANGO- Mangos are currently coming from Mexico; specifically, from the states of Nayarit and Sinaloa. Good supply is arriving as the crop is now in the peak of production. The varieties available are Tommy Atkins and Kent, and sizing is peaking on 9s and 10s. The Ataulfo, or Honey, mangos are light in supply as the season is close to finishing.
BLUEBERRIES– North Carolina has slow production with low volumes again this week. Their season is coming to an end quickly. New Jersey has good production with pricing starting to come down significantly as volumes ramp up. Michigan and Ontario will be starting early to mid July, along with British Columbia. Oregon is slowly starting, still a few weeks until additional volumes.
STRAWBERRIES- Demand was very strong last week with most shippers oversold going into the US Fourth of July holiday weekend. Supplies are very limited with some shippers using organic fruit to cover their conventional orders. We expect supply to steadily decrease going forward. The cooler temperatures in the growing areas are favorable to fruit quality, however, we continue to see fruit sizing down, resulting in lower volume. California fruit has occasional bruising, soft shoulders, dark fruit, overripe, heat and wind damage, scarring and misshapen, with average counts of 22 to 24.
RASPBERRIES / BLACKBERRIES– Raspberries: Mexican raspberry availability is increasing as we are past the bottom of the latest cycle and slowly moving up in production again. California has started, but lighter volumes than Mexico. Blackberries: We are seeing a faster decline from California regions and North Carolina which is resulting in shorter supply than expected. Supply with be low for the next 2-3weeks before ramping up in late July from California. The transition to Oregon/Washington will be in late-August.
STONE FRUIT- The South Carolina / Georgia region is seeing a reduction of peach volume and there is talk that their season may end in a couple of weeks; significantly earlier than in years past, normally end of August/ early September. California is feeling the increase in demand and are seeing an increase in volume on peaches/nectarines heading east. There is plenty of California peaches, nectarines, and plums available and we do not expect this to effect overall supply. Grower shippers are still looking to move heavy volumes through retail ads.
CHERRIES- Washington cherries continue however, volume remains underwhelming. Some shippers were hopeful that with the US 4th of July holiday behind us, they would see a bump in available cases; not the case. The overall sentiment remains the same for most growers. Demand continues to strongly outweigh availability. It is likely that this will continue for the next 1-2 weeks; when and if demand lessens. The Washington cherry season will run from mid-June to August and British Columbia will have cherries from mid-June through August.
ORANGES- California Valencia Oranges: Oranges are still going strong in California. Valencia’s are in full production. We are finally seeing some relief in the smaller sized Valencias, but not enough. The USDA farm to family program is also taking majority of the small Valencias and the business towards covering those orders. Fruit is still peaking 88/72. Markets are holding firm with strong demand. We have seen some quality issues on oranges due to the extreme temperatures we have seen over the last few weeks. Offshore Navel Oranges: The offshore Navel season continues as arrivals from South Africa have arrived on the east coast. We will start seeing Chilean navels on the West Coast the first week of July. We are expecting larger sized navels but about 10 to 15 percent less volume this year. Quality of the early season fruit is good and priced below California fruit.
LEMONS– California: Markets are active and firm on fancy grade. Choice market is still looking steady. Lemon demand has spiked quite a bit in the past few weeks due to more and more restaurants being opened throughout the country. California lemons are short and the California lemon market is active. Inventories are way down, especially on the smaller sizes 140s/165s/200s. Quality has been excellent and the fruit is nice coming out of district 2. Most growers are peaking on large sized lemons with small sizes remain limited. Offshore: On the east coast, lemons from South Africa have started. Chilean lemons are expected to arrive late this week. Sizes are peaking on 95/75/115 and there are no 200s. There will be a few 140s and 165s, but still very limited. Import lemons have just hit the West Coast recently which should help keep prices from rising much further. Import lemon volume is projected to be about the same as last year and we are expecting smaller sizes to start the season. The fruit is beautiful and solid, like a rock.
CLEMENTINES- Offshore: South Africa clementine’s continue. Quality is good as the season begins. Retail demand continues to be strong.
GRAPEFRUIT- California: Grapefruit demand has been very strong this season. USDA orders have certainly played a part in that and will keep prices up and supply down. We expect demand to stay strong which could create a gap in the California season and the Texas season. There is much more fancy fruit than choice fruit in the fields. Large sizes are limited right now, and prices keep rising. Offshore: South Africa has started shipping Star Ruby grapefruit. Supplies have started off good, with much more reasonable pricing than California fruit. There is also product from Israel available.
LIMES- Overall lime volume decreased this week versus last week but is expected to stay in heavy volumes during the summer months. Peak sizing of the crop has shifted to more of a 175/200 count with 230s less abundant than previous weeks. Recent rains in the growing region have caused some small quality issues, but not much stylar or decay is evident. Thunderstorms are projected for the end of this week, but should not cause any supply interruptions.
CANTALOUPE- Overall, demand is exceeding supplies of cantaloupes. Not much in the way of smaller fruit is available. We will see primarily California/Arizona grown cantaloupes from the Desert Southwest for the next one to two weeks. The Westside growing region is just starting with very light volume. Supply will gradually begin to pick up this week as growers get going with more production anticipated by next
Week. Growers are reporting a strong early crop with optimum sizing, projecting approximately 70% 9s followed by 12/15s with very few jumbos which dominated the Arizona crop in June. Quality is forecasted to be very good with excellent color, brix levels (as high as 16%) and strong flavor profiles.
HONEYDEW- The honeydew market remains strong and demand is good. The Mexican season is finished. The California / Arizona desert is quickly winding down as we transition to the Westside growing region. Additionally, honeydew production has started this week in the San Joaquin Valley. Some of the fancy melons which are grown seasonally in the desert continue to be available this week, although supply will be short and will finish.
GRAPES– We are through the peak of the Mexican grape season; most fields are done harvesting and will rely on storage fruit for the next 2-3 weeks. We still have some later regions with some fields that will pick more Flames and Sugraones as well as some varietals this week and next. Expect to see a tight supply and increasing market on green seedless grapes now through the week of July 13th, when things get going in the Central Valley of California. Promotable grapes for the next 3-4 weeks would be on red and black seedless grapes. The Coachella region has struggled all season to get into volume; pricing is firm and playing a big factor here is also the green seedless crop. We will have some varietals out of Coachella coming later this week and into early next week.
AVOCADOS- Avocados are peaking on size 48s/16s. Mexico’s harvest of late-crop fruit is mostly 48s/16s and larger while new crop is mostly 48s/16s and smaller. Peru’s inbounds are mostly 40s/14s and 48s/16s, with more larger fruit coming each week as their fruit sizes up. California is peaking on 48s/16s and 60s/20s. Industry arrivals for last week totaled 66.1 million pounds. Mexico shipped 34.9 million pounds, California harvested 15.4 million pounds, Colombia shipped 260,000 pounds and Peru delivered 15.5 million pounds. Current inventories at the border reflect a total of 65.6 million pounds of which 4.3 million pounds are organics. Mexico continues to lead industry supplies with at least 60% of total inventories reported. Volume ranges remain broad due to degree of uncertainty presented under COVID-19 pandemic. Weekly averages for the month of June should adjust to 60 - 67 million+ pound range with the addition of Peruvian arrivals. Mexico- Michoacán harvested 40.6 million pounds last week, of which 34.9 million pounds shipped to the United States. Michoacán’s harvest is expected to stay within the 38 to 46-million-pound range, with 78-84% shipping to the US. California- California harvested 15.4 million pounds last week. Estimated harvest is 13.7 million and 13.2 million pounds for the next two weeks. California’s harvest estimate is still set for 375 million pounds for the season. Peru- Peru delivered 15.5 million pounds last week. Estimated arrivals are expected to spike going forward with volumes of 18+ million pounds for next week, and another 18+ million pounds for the week after. The Peruvian season estimate remains at 209 million pounds. Market Outlook- Demand remains strong going into the 4th of July and is expected to continue after the holiday as there is quite a bit of retail ad activity during the first part of the month. With all 3 origins in play with good supply, the industry pipeline is full with plenty of fruit. With more large fruit coming off the trees, we are seeing prices for 48s/16s and larger soften. However, this should stabilize as industry harvest adjusts to account for the change. This adjustment coupled with the expected strong July demand should mean a consistent flow in the coming weeks.
PEARS– Washington: Supplies of Anjou pears are starting to wind down, with most growers finishing up. Bosc pears from the Pacific Northwest are now finished until the fall. California: The new crop California Bartlett season is expected to begin the week of July 12th with Bartletts, followed with Bosc. Imports: We have good supplies of both Bartlett pears and Bosc pears arriving on both coasts weekly now. The fruit quality on these pears is very good with ample supplies available. Expect this market to remain a little weak with good deals available. Larger sizes seem to be the majority of what is available; 70s and 80s with 110s and 120s very light in supply.
TOMATOES– Supplies on the east coast continue to ramp up out of Georgia and South Carolina. The San Joaquin Valley of California is getting into stronger volume again this week. Demand is steady but lower than normal. Pricing continues to ease. East Coast: The brief Quincy, Florida season is finished. South Carolina growers are harvesting better supplies this week helping to ease the mature green round market. Overall quality is good. East coast romas are in a supply gap until mid-July and demand exceeds supply. There is better volume available in the west, keeping the market somewhat steady. Grape and cherry tomatoes remain tight. Supply will begin to improve over the next 7-10 days as volume picks up with more regional deals starting production in Arkansas and Tennessee. As foodservice lockdowns are now being lifted in some areas and tightened in others, demand seems to be holding steady. Supply will continue to improve over the next 7 to 10 days as California ramps up production, helping to ease the market further into next week. West Coast: California has begun harvesting the San Joaquin Valley and volume will continue to increase as we move into the first week of July. Mainland Mexico and Baja supplies remain steady. The roma market is stronger with lighter volumes crossing from Mexico, light supplies in the east, and demand driving the price upward. Quality has been good on romas. Grape and cherry tomato supplies are still on the light side from Mexico steady pricing and good demand especially from the east where supplies are gapping. As foodservice lockdowns are now being lifted in some areas and tightened in others, demand seems to be holding steady. Supply will continue to improve over the next 7 to 10 days as California ramps up production, helping to ease the market further into next week.
APPLES- Washington: The apple market out of Washington State has tightened up significantly over the past several weeks. There are several USDA foodbank programs that are in effect that were put in place to help support the growers as well as the foodbanks due to the COVID-19 situation. Many shippers are using foodservice sizes (113ct- 150ct) for the USDA program. This program was so large that it actually has created some shortages with some varieties and has prices rising across the board. These programs will mostly stay in place for much of this year so we don’t expect prices to drop until the new crop starts in September. The varieties that remain the best value are Red Delicious, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. The tightest varieties are Honeycrisp, large high-grade Galas, and large sized Pink Ladies. Imports: The offshore apple crop looks to be average and the fruit is running a little smaller this year due to water issues in some of the growing districts. The import season runs from now through August and will help keep the markets from rising on Royal Gala, Granny Smith, Pink Ladies, and Fujis.
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