Eastern Canada's Market Update

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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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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