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LIVE FROM THE FIELDS: DESERT REGION LETTUCE ICE

November 18, 2022

  • Lettuce ice has developed over the last few days in the desert region
  • Morning temperatures have dipped into the mid-30°s to low 40°s
  • Production and loading delays are expected over the next several days
  • Plant growth will likely slow down and defects such as epidermal blistering and peeling may develop on lettuce items
  • If cold weather persists, we will continue to see light carton and bin weights for commodity and value-added lettuces for several more weeks

 


MARKET UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 28, 2022

MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE

Peeled Garlic: Supplies of new crop garlic from China remain light and pricing remains strong. The California market continues to be tight even as harvest has wrapped up.

Washington Apples: Overall, the market is slightly higher as shippers try to extend the season on a small crop. This will continue until next season.

Asparagus: Supplies continue to stay tight on the West Coast due to the weather in Mexico. East coast has good supplies and better pricing.

Peppers: Red pepper supplies remains short prices are high; do not expect any relief till late December.

Blackberries: Good numbers of blackberries are available in McAllen Texas and Oxnard California.

Strawberries: We expect production from Baja, and Florida to begin in the coming weeks. This and an increase in Central Mexican numbers should provide some market relief in mid to late December.

Broccoli: Supplies continue to be very limited as we transition to Yuma. Quality issues such as pin rot have been causing lower yields.

Brussels Sprouts: Supplies are starting to get a little tight. Expect good quality and the market to be steadily increasing as we move into next week.

Cauliflower: Cauliflower supplies continue to be extremely limited in Salinas and Santa Maria. The cold weather has stunted the growing process. Look for supplies to remain tight going into next week.

Celery: Overall, the market is firm. Oxnard/Santa Maria continues to be the main growing area for this commodity. Salinas is finished and Yuma will begin production in late December.

California Navel Oranges: The cooler weather last week and again this week will decrease the gas time to less than 24 hours. Quality is excellent with an average brix of 12. Peak sizing will be 113/88/138, in that order.

Red Grapes: The California red grape market continues to advance as the season starts to wind down. There will be California reds available into December. Imported reds are already being quoted on the East Coast at much higher pricing.

Green Grapes: California green grapes are slightly higher as a split market develops between stronger larger grapes and weaker fruit that needs to be moved. Imports are already being quoted on the East coast at much higher pricing.

Idaho Potatoes: Potato demand was flat last week, in large part due to it being the US Thanksgiving holiday week. The potato market continues to remain tight, but pricing does appear to have leveled off for the time being.

Green Onions: Green onion supplies continue to be somewhat limited. The weather in Mexico does look good in the short term. Demand is expected to remain strong for the holidays.

Mushrooms: Supply chain issues continue to cause a shortage of supply that will continue into the winter.

Eggplant: Markets are steady. Beginning to see product in Nogales as they continue to build volume. Prices are holding firm on both coasts.

Spring Mix/Heritage/Baby Kale/Baby Arugula: All spring mix, arugula, heritage and baby kale are extremely limited due to the cold overnight lows. Expect shortages going through the weekend. Overall, quality is fair and pricing is higher.

Cantaloupe: The offshore season has begun. Mexico’s supplies have lighted up in Nogales. Strong demand keeps prices high.

Stone Fruit: Black plums from Italy will be available into December. Chilean cherries and peaches are arriving by air at very high prices.

Watermelon: Seedless watermelons and minis continue to be tight. Overall quality is very nice, strong demand and light volume are keeping markets firm this week.

Onions: Onion demand was flat last week, in large part due to it being the US Thanksgiving week. The market does not appear to be moving anywhere fast any time soon.

Zucchini: Markets are steady and supplies bit tighter out of Nogales and Florida with yellow zucchini. Availability of green zucchini continues to be an issue.

ITEMS ON FIRE / VERY HOT

Tomatoes: Tomato market is in a demand exceeds supply situation. Tomato volume is critically low due to a combination of transitioning growing areas and severe weather in multiple growing regions over the past month. Shortages and average quality are inevitable between November and January.

California Iceberg: The situation with the availability of iceberg lettuce has gotten slightly better since transition to Yuma. Cold weather has slowed growth. Pricing however, has not settled. Pricing on value added product continues to be triggered. Seven triggers are currently in place. Value-added quality is reported as weak and is not holding up to shelf-life expectations. Shippers are pro-rating value-added orders by as much as 70%. Expect supply issues and strong markets to continue for another two-three weeks minimum.

California Romaine: Romaine, romaine hearts, green and red leaf as well as boston and gem lettuces all continue to be extremely active in the marketplace. Pricing on value added product remains at record high territory, as seven triggers are currently in place. Value-added quality is reported as weak and is not holding up to shelf-life expectations. Shippers are pro-rating value-added orders by as much as 70%. Expect supply issues and strong markets to continue for another two-three weeks minimum.

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