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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.

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MARKET UPDATE FOR January 20, 2020



Mexican Avocado: Field prices in Mexico are increasing gradually as we lead into the biggest avocado day of the year. We expect to see huge retail promotions as we head into Super Bowl, and with that comes higher prices. 

Baby Leaf: Arugula yields have drastically reduced with the freezing nights and cooler days. Shippers are finding it hard to keep up with demand. Arugula quality has been severely damaged by the recent and continuous cold and wet weather. This has caused extremely lower yields as crews are walking by the damaged field. Also effecting spring mix, baby kale and baby/teen spinach, but not as severely. Pricing is elevated. 

Broccoli: The cold weather in all growing areas is stunting the growth of broccoli. This is causing low yields industry wide. 

Cauliflower: The freezing mornings and cold days is causing slow growth. 

Green Peppers: Extremely tight supplies with only fair quality. 

Green Onions: Green onions continue to be in a supply shortage. The freezing nights and cold days are stunting the growth causing lower yields. 

Florida/Mexican Tomatoes: Demand exceeds supply on 5x6 and 6x6 sizes. Availability on these sizes is limited. Contract triggers are in place on 5x6 and 6x6 sizes. 

Blueberries: Blueberries will be highly promotable for all of the month January. 

Blackberries: Higher yields may lead to higher pricing. 

Honeydew: Honeydews continue to be a challenge. Demand has outpaced the harvest. 

Green Grapes: Import supplies are good on the east coast and are expected to improve on the west this week. Markets remain firm. 

Red Grapes: Supplies will remain limited until Chile ramps up harvest. Prices are higher and firm. Better availability expected by the end of the month. 

California Oranges: Small size navels are expected to be limited the remainder of the month. 

Potatoes: Demand very active in all regions. Markets are climbing. Larger size 40 count through 80ct are limited in supplies. Markets are rising on red potatoes. 

Lettuce Iceberg: Freezing temperatures in the growing regions are causing quality issues, harvest delays and slow growth. 

Lettuce Romaine / Leaf: Very cold temperatures in all the growing regions continues to affect the quality of romaine and all leaf items, industry wide. 

Onions: Markets are rising on yellow and white onions. Some lots will show translucency. 

Zucchini: Extremely tight supplies on both green and yellow.