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LIVE FROM THE FIELDS: PROCESSOR’S SEASONAL TRANSITION FROM YUMA TO SALINAS

April 5, 2022

  • Source-based suppliers of value-added salad items follow the seasonal lettuce transition in the fall and spring
  • Relocating their processing capabilities allows them to pack the freshest product possible and achieve optimum quality and shelf-life
  • The process of disassembling, transporting, and reassembling equipment for full-scale production in less than three days is a huge undertaking
  • By the week of April 18, all value-added suppliers will be shipping from Salinas, California

 

 


MARKET UPDATE FOR JUNE 27, 2022

MARKETS TO WATCH: AT A GLANCE

Peeled Garlic: Supplies from China continue to be tight. China is now shipping new crop. California market is tight as California new crop is about 3 weeks late.

Washington Apples: Some shippers are nearing the end of their gala storage supplies. Expect this market to rise only slightly as demand is moderate at best.

Avocados: Markets are increasing as the Mexico’s Negra crop winds down, as well as California. Flora Loca is right around the corner.

Red Peppers: There continues to be very limited supply this week, particularly, number one fruit as quality is quickly declining in the desert. California will have very limited supply of number one fruit through June.

Blueberries: A gap exists in the California season and the beginning of the Pacific Northwest growing season. Markets are short and demand exceeds supply particularly in the West where there are no buying options at this time.

Blackberries: Good quality and quantities are coming from California and Georgia. We expect the markets to remain flat.

Raspberries: There are steady supplies of West Coast product.

Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprout supplies are starting to tighten again with the current heat wave. Shippers are seeing seeders, puffy heads and reporting insect damage due to the recent heat waves.

Peeled Baby Carrots: Production on baby carrot packs is still lagging behind demand.

Limes: Markets are steady. 110ct and larger are still very short. More rain hitting the Veracruz growing region through this week. Expect slightly higher prices into next week.

Oranges: Supplies on 113ct/138ct are slightly better. Valencia’s are now the primary variety. Gas times are around 24-48hrs; quality is strong.

Eggplant: Volume is still light on both coasts. Markets are steady. Good supply in the east with more local regions coming online soon. Western supply remains adequate but volume should improve by first week of July.

Mushrooms: Supplies chain issues continue to cause a shortage of supply that will go into the summer.

Iceberg Lettuce: Iceberg markets are rising. Foodservice demand started to increase last week and will continue to get stronger this week. High heat earlier this month, followed by another heatwave last week, are increasing insect pressure, INSV, and sun scalding, reducing yields throughout the industry.

Romaine Lettuce: Romaine and leaf markets are rising. Foodservice demand started to increase last week and will continue to get stronger this week. High heat earlier this month, followed by another heatwave this week, are increasing insect pressure, INSV, and sun scalding, reducing yields throughout the industry.

Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe supplies are limited as the spring desert season winds down. Cantaloupe prices are inching up as the Arizona / California desert season winds down over the next two weeks.

Honeydew: Honeydew supplies are limited as the spring desert season winds down. All shippers have a few but no big volume available.

Stone Fruit: California continues with apricots, peaches, nectarines and red and black plums. Cherries are now just starting from Washington.

Onions: The market has had a generally ‘tight’ feeling out of all areas this week. Between gaps between the early and late plantings in California, as well as heavy rain in New Mexico, supply experienced a big enough interruption that we should begin to see the market move up on yellow and white onions.

Pears: Washington pear supplies are starting to thin out. Prices are generally higher. New crop California Bartletts will start about July 11th.

Idaho Potatoes: Extremely limited production and available supplies of storage crop potatoes. Expect prices to increase until new crop Norkotahs become available in early August.

Tomatoes – New tomato regions across the country are experiencing early summer heat. Moderate demand is keeping markets steady.

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