10/14/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
The rollercoaster ride continues with supplies fluctuating as a result of recent and continuing heat events along the coast. Tip burn, insect pressure and yield reducing disease (see image) are widespread throughout the valley leading to variations in Quality and uncertainty of supplies. Transition to production areas in California’s Central Valley will begin next week before settling in the Southern deserts of California and Arizona should help with anticipated improved quality . Although demand remains moderate , markets started strong this week with processors purchasing acreage to shore up their supplies. Volatility is expected to continue through transition into early November. Las Cruces, New Mexico has begun harvest this week with very nice quality. Ask your Produce West rep for updates on transportation as well.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine  Similar issues to iceberg are impacting Romaine although Demand for Carton and Heart Romaine continues to exceed existing supplies. Additionally Romaine does not transition to the Central Valley but instead jumps directly to the Desert which is not supposed to start until mid November . This will keep supplies limited as most growers battle quality issues as a result of hot temperatures. Fringe and tip burn, increased high core, twist and insect pressure are causing discoloration, disease and rib decay.  Most of the defects have been able to be trimmed in the field but many are showing up on arrival although the biggest impact has been reduced yields. Expect quality issues and escalated prices to continue well into November.
Red leaf, Green leaf and Boston  plantings were negatively impacted by the heat and have shown signs of tip burn and wilt. Prices have escalated , especially Green leaf as Eastern production areas come to a close in coming weeks.
Celery
Currently there is good availability out of both Santa Maria and Salinas. Prices are slightly lower out of Santa Maria.  Everything looks pretty good with nice green color and good weights coming out of both growing regions. We expect markets to remain at current trading levels for next week.
Artichokes
Production of the thornless varieties has been hampered by successive high temperature events resulting in reduced quality. . We should see improved sizing and availability as the weather starts to cool including a limited amount of the Heirloom and Original varieties .
Broccoli
Prices have subsided and there is good availability out of both California as well as Mexico product crossing in the Texas Valley. A few shippers are still having minor issues with pin rot but overall most products have cleaned up and look good. We estimate to start our Shui Ling broccoli crown program shipping out of Central Mexico loading in Pharr, TX around October 26.
Cauliflower
The market has seemed to have topped out. The warm weather we are currently experiencing in the Santa Maria and Salinas Valley is pushing growth along at a little faster pace than normal for this time of year. There will be decent availability as we finish out the week. There is word on the street that we will see lighter volume next week. As typical for this time of year as we come to a close in Salinas we will most likely experience a roller coaster type of model with pricing until mid November when the Desert regions start packing.
Brussels Sprouts
Coastal California supplies continue to improve with a mix of quality and sizing as pricing remains competitive. Supplies are expected to improve as well as demand as we enter the Fall season. An Increase in insect pressure may lead to quality issues but currently quality is mostly good.
Green Onions
Mexico growers will begin their Fall crop with quality and yields expected to improve by the end of the month. Pricing remains mostly steady at slightly elevated rates.
Strawberries
Strawberries are limited, especially on organics. As Northern California winds down, Oxnard and Central Mexico are beginning light volumes. Santa Maria, California is forecast for sunny skies for most of the week, becoming mostly sunny on Sunday. Highs are forecast in the 90s Wednesday through Friday, decreasing to the 80s on Saturday and 70s on Sunday, and lows in the 50s. Salinas/Watsonville, California is forecast for sunny skies, becoming mostly sunny on Sunday. Highs are forecast in the 80s, decreasing to the 70s on Sunday, and lows in the 50s. Santa Maria, California fruit has some greener fruit with occasional bruising, white shoulders, soft shoulders, heat damage, decay under the calyx, pin rot and misshapen. Average counts are 24 to 26, occasionally higher and lower.
Raspberries
Production is coming on in Central Mexico! Steady volumes in Baja.
Blueberries
Imports continue to arrive with good volume on the East Coast. Mexico is starting to pick up in volumes as well; expect good supply across all regions by late October through November.
Blackberries
Mexican production on both organic and conventional is ramping up with very good quality!
Stone Fruit
Late season plums are still in good supply and will continue into December. Black plum production is steady but demand is increasing daily. Sizes are peaking on 40 and 50 ct fruit. We expect slightly stronger markets next week. Good production on red plums should continue through late November. Overall quality is nice on red and black plums. Get orders in early as demand picks up.
Grapes
The central valley of California volumes continue to be plentiful on red green and black varieties. We expect a few more weeks of good supply; followed by production gaps starting in mid November. Storage fruit will carry supplies from that point on. Red grape quality is very solid with good sugars. The main red varieties include Scarlet royal and Magenta. Green varieties are also very nice. Green varieties are mainly Ivory and Stella Bella. There are still some black varieties available, although volumes are becoming limited as the season comes to a close.
Citrus
Oranges – Strong demand continues on valencia oranges out of California. Small sizes remain a challenge, with more large sizes available. Import 88ct oranges are available on the east coast at competitive pricing. Quality on valencias is starting to show some issues, as late season harvest numbers decline in California. Navels are expected to start towards the end of the month, which should help alleviate supplies and settle markets.
Lemons – Heavy supplies continue this week. Product is coming out of California, Mexico and Chile. As stated in previous weeks, the lack of foodservice demand is substantially impacting the lemon market, with little relief until overall dining and school regulations are lifted nationwide. Quality is very nice with very few problems to report.
Limes – Plenty of small sized fruit available this week. Quality is very nice on small fruit. Larger sizing is showing more quality issues, as there are fewer to pick from. Overall we are still seeing good volumes crossing into Texas, though tighter supplies are expected in the coming weeks as holidays approach.
Dry Onions
Demand on onions is just steady…with small onions still in good demand and jumbo yellows rolling along with, what is now the new normal low interest demand. Everyday, however, at least in California, there are more and more restaurants being allowed to receive more diners, let’s hope this virus will be
brought under control soon. Wear your Mask!
Asaparagus
Help is on the way. Growers in Mexico, that would normally cut their fern in
November, are cutting it this week with the hopes of product ready to ship in a
few weeks. Obregon will start Monday with fern removal. With that knowledge,
we should see supply increase from Mexico with lower pricing to follow.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli   . More seasonal weather has allowed quality to improve although another round of high temperatures this week could reduce quality and negatively impact supplies . Markets remain mostly steady with demand expected to improve weekly. Cauliflower production remains mostly steady with improving demand. Prices have been gradually escalating as demand increases weekly. Next week’s forecast calls for much cooler temperatures which will likely again slow production and push prices higher.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appear to be mostly steady with Local Homegrown production expected to continue for another week or two.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage.
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. Northwest production continues to be limited.  We expect shortages and elevated prices through the Fall.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for romaine remains strong especially hearts with continued light supplies due to reduced acres, increased insect pressure and diminished quality . Green and Red quality has suffered more so than Romaine with production lighter and demand improving weekly.
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales. Mexico’s lemon crop is peaking with mostly Fancy supplies and the California Fall/Winter crop has started with limited production. Pricing remains elevated but mostly steady. Many shippers have shifted production exclusively to bags on All Citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent but has shown signs of improvement. Valencia crop is winding down with sizing profile leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted increased demand for bags at retail. We anticipate Navels to begin towards the end of the month.
OG Grapes
California:   Central Valley production has another week or two left before quality and size declines. Reds continue to offer the best value while Green grape production has been slightly more limited.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes, Honeydew, Watermelon production has been hampered by heat and smokey skies restricting plant growth much of the past month. With only a few weeks left in the California season we should see one last wave in production before the season comes to an early close

10/8/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
The market has begun to level with growers continuing to battle quality issues as the Coastal season winds down. Some issues are seasonal although intensified due to the previous heat waves including tip burn, rib discoloration and bottom rot associated with soil borne disease Wide variations remain in Quality ,supply and pricing depending on individual shippers situation.The volatility will likely continue as we begin to transition production areas in coming weeks. Las Cruces , New Mexico will begin production next week to help supplement supplies. Quality coming out of the gate is expected to be very nice. Ask your Produce West rep for updates on transportation as well.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine   Demand for Carton and Heart Romaine continues to be strong mostly due to acreage cutbacks and reduced yields due to heat related stress. Reduced quality will continue to impact supplies through October. Fringe and tip burn, increased high core, twist and high levels of insect pressure causing discoloration, disease and rib decay.  Most of the defects have been able to be trimmed in the field but more insect damage is being found inside layers. Expect quality issues and escalated prices to continue well into October.Transition to southern production areas is expected by the end of the month while Las Cruces, New Mexico will have limited production starting next week
Red leaf, Green leaf and Boston  plantings were negatively impacted by the heat and have shown signs of tip burn and wilt. Prices have escalated , especially Greenleaf as Eastern production areas come to a close in coming weeks.
Celery
Currently there is good availability out of both Santa Maria and Salinas. Prices are slightly lower out of Santa Maria.  Everything looks pretty good with nice green color and good weights coming out of both growing regions. We expect markets to remain at current trading levels for next week.
Artichokes
Production of the thornless varieties has been hampered by successive high temperature events resulting in reduced quality and sizing. We don’t expect any significant volume on larger sizes until the Fall .
Broccoli
Prices have subsided and there is good availability out of both California as well as Mexico product crossing in the Texas Valley. A few shippers are still having minor issues with pin rot but overall most product has cleaned up and looking good. As we head into cooler days and nights we will start to see some purpling on the domes by the end of the month. We estimate to start our Shui Ling broccoli crown program shipping out of Central Mexico loading in Pharr, TX around October 19.
Cauliflower
Market has tightened and prices will reflect lighter volume. Look for prices to increase slightly over the next few days. Warmer temperatures last week and the week before pushed the product along and now cooler temperatures and lower yields as we head towards the end of the California season are the main reasons for a market uptick. Quality has improved slightly but we are still finding the occasional brown spotting.
Brussels Sprouts
 Coastal California supplies continue to improve with a mix of quality and sizing as pricing remains competitive. Supplies are expected to improve as well as demand as we enter the Fall season. An Increase in insect pressure may lead to quality issues but currently quality is mostly good.
Green Onions
Mexico growers continue their reduced Summer acreage. Pricing remains mostly steady. We expect production to increase in a couple weeks as seasonal demand improves heading into the Fall.
Strawberries
We should experience an uptick in volume next week. Organics will continue to be limited. Oxnard and Central Mexico are beginning light volumes. Oxnard will see a significant increase in volume the first week in November. The Northern district will be winding down soon, but at a slower rate than in years past. Santa Maria, California is forecast for low clouds, then sun Wednesday through Friday, mostly cloudy Saturday, and mostly sunny on Sunday. Highs are forecast in the 60s, increasing to the low 70s Friday through the weekend, and lows in the 50s. Salinas/Watsonville, California is forecast for clouds then sun Wednesday and Thursday, chance of rain on Friday, mostly cloudy Saturday, and mostly sunny on Sunday. Highs are forecast in the 60s and lows in the 50s. Santa Maria, California fruit, after the heat and moisture, has some greener fruit, occasional bruising, white shoulders, soft shoulders, heat damage, decay under the calyx, pin rot and misshapen. Average counts are 24 to 26, occasionally higher and lower.
Raspberries
Production is finally turning around with steady increases into November.
Blueberries
Imports continue to come in with good volume on the East Coast. Mexico is starting to pick up in volumes slowly. West coast supplies are limited but we should see some relief late next week. Expect good supply across all regions by late October through November.
Blackberries
We are seeing better numbers this week and several supplies pushing promotions. Mexican production on both organic and conventional is ramping up with very good quality!
Stone Fruit
Red and black plums are available in good supply . Shippers are making deals on volume fill 40/45s and larger. Quality is strong and good sugar. Yellow peach and nectarines are finished for the season. There are some white peaches still available this week, although production is limited. White peach supplies should be completely cleaned up by the middle of next week.
Grapes
Good volumes continue this week on red and green varieties. Shippers are starting to put product into storage for use later in the year. Good volumes are expected to carry us through the month of October, followed by lighter supplies in the first week of November. Red varieties currently available include Scarlet Royal and Magenta. Green varieties include Ivory and Stella Bella. Quality is very strong and product is making good arrivals nation wide. Plenty of product available this week and shippers are looking to move product and listening to offers.
Citrus
Oranges – Demand continues to be strong on valencia oranges. Small sizes are still tight industry wide. Offshore product remains short in supply with no changes expected for the remainder of the season. Large sizes are slightly more available and make up most of the current inventory. Navels are expected to start around the end of the month, which may help ease markets. Demand will continue to be strong for the near future.
Lemons – Plenty of supply this week. NO changes as inventories remain heavy and shippers are looking to move product. Quality is very nice industry wide with very few problems to report. Slightly better demand on large sizes, and plenty of deals being made on small sizes.
Limes – good volumes this week coming out of Mexico. Sizing is peaking mostly on 175 -200 count and shippers are looking to move product. There is some extreme weather in the forecast for some Mexico growing regions over the weekend which could affect quality and supplies in the coming weeks. Currently supplies are plentiful and quality is good overall.
Cantaloupe
Market rose the week before last and stayed firm this week. Supplies continued to diminish, slowly but steadily, as Westside suppliers finished or entered their last fields. Sizes ran smaller after peaking on jbo 9s and 6s and now are skewing to regular 9s and 12s. Desert still has only one viable supply source going in Central Az. Sizes there are also skewing a bit smaller with jbo 9s and 9s the peak size but more 12s showing up. Quality is not quite as good but still mostly ok. Prices were steady this week. Next week the Westside will continue to wind down and most likely out by the end of the period or the beginning of the week of 10/19. At the same time the desert area will pickup, as more suppliers will be getting started between 10/12 and 10/19. However there are fewer acres planted being controlled by fewer sellers so we are not expecting any big surge in supplies or precipitous price drops until year end when off shores get going.
Honeydew
Market continues to play out the same scenario as cantaloupes with the Westide winding and out and the desert phasing in slowly. Like lopes sizes are skewing smaller with less jbo sizes and more regular sizes. Quality is okay. We look for a steady market next week , with the following week being perhaps a bit lower, especially as Mexico hits its stride.
Dry Onions
Washington Onions have almost come to the end of harvest and storage will be starting shortly. Small onions are very hard to come by as a lot are being used for the Farmer to Family program…to say nothing of the contracts. From this writer’s observation, contracts, make up to 40% of the sales for most
shippers and the balance being sold on the spot market. Red’s are a little tight with some shippers and are in the $5.00 range on 25#. Most jumbo yellows 50# are in the $6.00 range…with a few Idaho shippers higher.
Asaparagus
Markets have continued to rise over the last 10 days on both the East and West coasts. Southern Baja production has slowed down causing an incremental demand for East Coast production out of Peru. Supplies have been limited nationwide and, along with retail promotions, have caused the markets to be even more difficult. The expected outlook is limited supplies available through the next few weeks and then an easing as we head into November.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli   . Cooler , more seasonal weather has allowed quality to improve along with better production. In turn prices have begun to ease slightly. We expect further settling as production improves. Cauliflower production remains mostly steady with improving demand. Prices have been gradually escalating as demand increases weekly . We anticipate improved Demand to continue to push pricing higher.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appear to be mostly steady with Local Homegrown production expected to continue for another week or two.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage.
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. Northwest production continues to be limited.  We expect shortages and elevated prices through the Fall.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for romaine remains strong especially hearts with continued light supplies.due to reduced acres, increased insect pressure and diminished quality . Green and Red quality has suffered more so than Romaine with production lighter with demand improving weekly.
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales. Mexico’s lemon crop is peaking with mostly Fancy supplies and the California Fall/Winter crop has started with limited production.  Many shippers have shifted production exclusively to bags on All Citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent but has shown signs of improvement. Valencias sizing profile has been leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted increased demand for bags at retail. We anticipate Navels to begin later this month.
OG Grapes
California:   Central Valley production has a couple more weeks of strong supplies before flavor, quality and size declines. Reds continue to offer the best value while Green grape production has been slightly more limited.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes, Honeydew, Watermelon production has been hampered by heat and smokey skies restricting plant growth much of the past month. With only a few weeks left in the California season we should see one last wave in production before the season comes to an early close.
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10/1/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
As quick as markets spiked , demand was squashed, leading to unexpected availability and receding prices. Some shippers are offering heavily discounted deals to revive demand while others remain firm. The volatility will likely continue with legitimate shortages still looming if demand returns to even close to normal. Quality issues remain although most are being contained at field level. We anticipate markets to steady once sustainable pricing returns. Transition to the Central Valley California will begin in a couple weeks as well as Las Cruces , New Mexico to help supplement supplies.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine   Demand for carton and heart romaine continues to be strong mostly due to acreage cutbacks and reduced yields due to heat related stress. Reduced quality will continue to impact supplies through October. Fringe and tip burn, increased high core, twist and high levels of insect pressure causing discoloration, disease and rib decay.  Most of the defects have been able to be trimmed in the field but more insect damage is being found inside layers. Expect quality issues and escalated prices to continue well into October. The above photo is an extreme case of soil disease affecting fields
Red leaf, Green leaf and Boston  plantings were negatively impacted by the heat and have shown signs of tip burn and wilt. Prices have escalated , especially Greenleaf as Eastern production areas come to a close in coming weeks. .
Celery
Currently there is good availability out of both Santa Maria and Salinas. Prices are slightly lower out of Santa Maria.  Everything looks pretty good with nice green color and good weights coming out of both growing regions.
Artichokes
Production of the thornless varieties has been hampered by successive high temperature events resulting in reduced quality and sizing. We don’t expect any significant volume on larger sizes until the fall .
Broccoli
There should be better availability going into next week as growers work through the pin rot issues that have inhibited their harvest for the last three weeks. Look for prices to come off slightly but the cooler nights and shorter days will help keep numbers in check so we won’t see any dramatic price drops, just a gradual decline going into next week. We estimate to start our Shui Ling broccoli crown program shipping out of Central Mexico loading in Pharr,TX around October 19.
Cauliflower
There are a lot of inquiries about cauliflower but business has not been brisk enough the last few days for buyers to pull the trigger and purchase. Expectations are for markets to begin to increase by the end of the week and for sure next week. If you need to purchase don’t wait too much longer as we will see an increase in prices soon.
Brussels Sprouts
Coastal California supplies continue to improve with a mix of quality and sizing as pricing remains competitive. Supplies are expected to improve as well as demand as we enter the Fall season. An Increase in insect pressure may lead to quality issues but currently quality is mostly good.
Green Onions
Mexico growers continue their reduced summer acreage. Pricing remains mostly steady. We expect production to increase in a couple weeks as seasonal demand improves heading into the Fall.
Strawberries
Limited supplies will continue into next week. Many shippers are sold out or oversold for the remainder of this week and it will carry over into next week. Northern California fruit is seeing end-of-season issues such as heavier bruising and softness. Santa Maria, California, fruit has occasional bruising, white shoulders, and soft shoulders. Oxnard is starting in a small way this week with their fall crop, and will ramp up over the next few weeks. As long as temperatures do not get too extreme, we should see more fruit the of October 9th.
Raspberries
Production is still falling with relief coming with new-crop Michoacán starting in 2-3 weeks. Expect the peak period to be reached mid November.
Blueberries
Peruvian imports are starting to ramp up, but Mexico is still a few weeks behind so the market will hold steady, but we should see better volume by mid October.
Blackberries
Mexican production is slowly increasing in volume as we transition from California to Mexico.
Stone Fruit
Yellow peaches and yellow nectarines are finished for the season. White nectarines are finishing up this week. There are some white peaches available in limited numbers, but shippers are picky as to where they go. Late season red and black plums will continue through December. Production is good on 40 count and larger. Quality is good on plums overall with very few issues to report on arrival.
Grapes
Good volume this week on most red and green grape varieties. We expect consistent supplies and pricing as we head into the next few weeks, followed by lighter supplies around the last week of October. Black seedless varieties are finishing up and supplies are expected to tighten early next week. High volumes are currently being harvested in the California central valley and there are multiple varieties to choose from. Quality has been very nice. There have been excellent quality reports, with very few issues to report industry wide.
Citrus
Oranges – heavy demand on oranges this week as supplies continue to dry up and production gaps widen. Small sizes are extremely difficult to find, with slightly better supplies on large sizes. The Chilean crop has been limited, with no relief in sight for the near future. Demand from South American countries has been so high that is it affecting their export supplies. Quality on valencias has been suffering as product is exposed to late summer heat and the season comes to a close.
Lemons – Plenty of supplies industry wide and shippers are looking to move inventories. The lemon market is still being severely affected by restaurant and bar closures. There are plenty of deals on small sized fruit and shippers are listening to offers. Quality is very nice coming out of multiple growing areas.
Limes – Plenty of small limes available and shippers are listening to offers. Good availability is expected for the next few weeks. Some color issues have been reported, but the overall defects are minimal. Run offers by us on limes.
Cantaloupe
Transition time is upon us. A few Westside shippers are in their last fields and should be finishing within a week. Others will continue to pull fruit from the last of their fields but with less yields. Desert has one shipper in Central AZ starting with exceptionally large fruit peaking on jbo 6s, although the next pass in those fields should start to produce more jbo 9s and 9s. Quality, as it has all year, remains good. Demand has slowed accordingly due reaction to higher prices and more autumnal mindset from buyers and consumers. Thus, in spite of light supplies pricing has calmed a bit. Next week supplies should be even lighter as more Westside shippers wrap up. Most desert shippers are not expected to start until mid October. Mexico as well. We look for a steady to possibly slightly lower market next week.
Honeydew
Dews are following the cantaloupe narrative with Westside finishing, Desert starting in a small way, but with only one supplier and others not starting until mid October. Sizes are skewing large especially in the early desert deal. Mexico is starting as well. Quality is less consistent than lopes but still good. Demand continue to slow up as higher prices, less than optimal sizing and seasonal change keeps it in check. We look for a steady but uneasy market next week on honeydews
Dry Onions
The Harvest is almost over in Washington State with about 2 weeks left. Most houses are filling orders on what they have the day of shipping, so some of the supplies are a little spotty. Cities like Chicago and few other spots are starting to let people dine in doors with 40 % capacity. We’ll see if there are any spikes in Covid infections and the future will be devised by those incidents. Oregon and Washington are getting into better sizing and the jumbo market may feel the effects in the short run, the mostly market is holding steady with decent action in sales. Reds are rocking along in the 5 to 6-dollar range and whites
are a little tight. As the economy opens, the demand should start to increase, and, depending on the ebb and flow of the storage crop, we could see much higher pricing as demands grows. On the other hand, suffice to say we know what happens if the virus gets a strangled hold on the economy again.
Asaparagus
Everything I said last week is wrong this week. Having taken a lot of ad business for the 1st of the month, we thought the market would be able to supply the demand…Oh no…we are short and prorating orders. There are a lot of 99 cent ads going and cooler weather has cause production to drop in Mexico. Peru is going strong but the folks that put Mexican grass on ad will suffer next week.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli    Broccoli production continues to suffer from poor quality. We expect some improvement when the weather cools although it could be another couple weeks. Prices are likely to settle at current levels until we transition to Southern California . Cauliflower production remains steady with improving demand and rising prices . We anticipate improved Demand to continue to push pricing higher heading into October
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appear to be mostly steady with local homegrown production expected to continue for another couple weeks.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot production has been steady and demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage. Carrots mostly come from Central Valley of California which fires should not affect although Hot weather will likely impact the tops of the bunched carrots
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. Northwest production continues to be limited.  We expect shortages and advancing prices through the Fall.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for romaine remains strong especially hearts with lighter supplies due to last week’s heatwave, reduced acres, increased insect pressure and diminished quality . Green and Red quality has suffered more so than Romaine with production lighter although demand remains moderate for now.
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales. Mexico’s lemon crop is peaking with mostly Fancy supplies. Many shippers have shifted production exclusively to bags on All Citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent but has shown signs of improvement. Valencias sizing profile has been leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted increased demand for bags at retail. We anticipate Navels to begin next month.
OG Grapes
California:   Central Valley production remains strong with moderate demand. We expect excellent flavor, quality and size to last through most of October before sizing and quality declines.  the Summer with promotional volume available. Off sizes and reduced quality grapes continue to be available at discounted prices.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes, Honeydew, Watermelon production has been hampered by heat and smokey skies restricting plant growth much of the past month. With only a few weeks left in the California season we should see one last wave in production before the season comes to an early close.
Produce West Inc. | 831-455-2981 | 831-455-1666 | www.producewest.com

9/24/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
Markets spiked as fields continue to see increased quality issues from recent heat waves. Temperatures warm again this weekend but not excessively. Stressed plants along with increased insect pressure has led to reduced quality and yields. Demand continues to be light to moderate as prices shot up primarily on reduced supplies and processor demand. We anticipate markets to maintain their peak at current levels with supplies stretched thin for the remaining month of the Salinas/Santa Maria season. Transition usually brings shortages but additional production areas could provide some relief in a couple weeks. Las Cruces , NM  is scheduled to begin production by mid October
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine Demand for Carton and Heart Romaine continues to excel combined with the stress from the recent heatwave supplies have tightened even further and pushed prices higher. Reduced quality will continue to impact supplies through October. Fringe and tip burn, increased high core, twist and high levels of insect pressure ( Lygus & Thrip ) causing discoloration, disease and rib decay.  Most of the initial defects have been able to be trimmed in the field but more insect damage is being found in the inside layers. Expect quality issues and High prices to continue well into October.
Red leaf, green leaf and boston  plantings were negatively impacted by the heat and have shown signs of tip burn and wilt. Prices have escalated as Eastern production areas come to a close in coming weeks.
Celery
As we begin to head into the fall months we should begin to see demand and pricing gradually increase. Currently there is good availability out of both Santa Maria and Salinas. Prices are slightly lower out of Santa Maria. Quality has been fine, there is still the occasional yellow leaf due to the heat from a few weeks ago , but over all everything looks pretty good with nice green color and good weights coming out of both growing regions.
Artichokes
Production of the thornless varieties has been hampered by successive high temperature events resulting in reduced quality and sizing. We don’t expect any significant volume on larger sizes until the Fall .
Broccoli
There should be better availability going into next week as growers work through the pin rot issues that have inhibited their harvest for the last three weeks. Look for prices to come off slightly but the the cooler nights and shorter days will help keep numbers in check so dont expect any major changes. We estimate to start our Shui Ling broccoli crown program shipping out of Central Mexico loading in Pharr,TX around October 15.
Cauliflower
Do not expect any changes going into next week. Markets will remain steady. There are still some quality issues with brown bead and yellow cast which is not so definite and time of shipping but continues to show up upon arrival 3-4 days later.
Brussels Sprouts
Coastal California supplies continue to improve with a mix of quality and sizing as pricing remains competitive. Current Supplies were unaffected by the high temperatures although some younger plants have shown signs of distress scheduled for harvest early next month
Green Onions
Mexico growers continue their reduced Summer acres which offset increasingly Hot temperatures in Mexico and local Eastern production this time of year. Pricing has advanced as supplies have temporarily slowed due to high temperatures affecting yields and National Holiday observance . Expect increased production by early next month.
Strawberries
Cooler Temperatures, Labor shortages, and quality defects from the extreme heat a few weeks ago have resulted in decreased volumes and yields industry wide. Expect volumes to continue to be low over the next few weeks. Cooler temps and a thick marine layer has contributed to a higher level of fruit defects which is impacting volume as well. Organics are light in number due to the same problems that the conventional market is experiencing.
Raspberries
We still are feeling the effects from the high temperature we experienced a few weeks ago. Volumes continue to be low across all California regions and expected to remain low through the end of September. We expect an uptick in numbers as we move into October.
Blueberries
We will see increasing numbers on the Peruvian fruit through the end of the year. We will also see better numbers out of Mexico next week, with Baja not far behind.
Blackberries
We are transitioning between domestic and Mexico prodigy regions. Supplies will remain low for the next several weeks until we see the numbers out of Mexico increase. Oregon and New Jersey will be finished for the season in the next few days.
Stone Fruit
Yellow peaches and nectarines have finished for the season. There are currently some white peaches and nectarines still available but supplies are limited. Red and black plums are still available in good production, although small sizes are somewhat limited. Run offers by us on large red and black plums.
Grapes
Steady supplies continue this week on red and green grapes this week. Good supplies are expected to continue for the next few weeks, followed by lighter production towards the middle of the month. Multiple varieties from multiple growers are currently available. Red varieties include Magenta, Scarlet Royal and Magenta. Green varieties currently consist of Bella, Ivory and Pristine. Summer Royals are the majority of the black grape varieties. Plenty of product to promote for the next few weeks, so run offers by us.
Citrus
Oranges – Strong markets continue this week. Small sizes are extremely tight and difficult to find. We expect these conditions to last through the remainder of the season. High demand world wide has decreased imports to the US, creating wide supply gaps nationally as domestic production finishes up. Quality is only fair, and will continue to decline as the season draws to a close. Expect elevated pricing well into next month.
Lemons – good availability this week with production coming out of multiple growing areas. Better demand on large sized fruit. Quality has been strong industry wide with very few issues to report. Run offers by us.
Limes – Good availability this week. Demand has been sluggish over the past few months as a continuing result of the pandemic. Overall quality has been good, however there have been some reports of yellow color. Shippers are looking to promote so run offers by us.
Cantaloupe
After a season of lackluster demand and depressed prices, we suddenly find ourselves in a considerable supply gap. Recent historic heat, combined with air fouled by smoke from historic wildfires, has caused an impending sudden end to the westside deal a couple of weeks earlier than usual. There will be limited harvesting for the next 10 days or so, but fields have been so ravaged that yields are depressed. Sizes are skewing heavily to jbo 9s and 6s with some 9s and few smaller. Quality has remained surprisingly good. Daily supplies for sales other than contractually committed product has been very short. Most sellers are falling short of meeting commitments or have wrong sizes to meet specs of those contracts, leaving contracted buyers scrambling to find enough supplies to cover their needs. Prices shot upward and then hit a plateau. This situation is looking as if it will continue until the fall desert deal starts. One grower has started to harvest in a small way and will have supplies but most shippers will not be starting until mid October, with lighter overall plantings this fall. We look for an active and tight market for the next two to three weeks.
Honeydew
Like cantaloupes, the Westside is winding down to a close and sizes are skewing to jbo 5s and regular 5s with less 6s and a few smaller. Quality and condition are acceptable. Demand is not as robust as with cantaloupes, but then again, it never is. The same outlook as lopes applies to dews. Gapping supplies and higher prices should be in effect thru the middle of the month when the desert deal is expected to hit its stride.
Dry Onions
Oregon and Washington are getting into better sizing and the jumbo market may feel the effects in the short run. The mostly market is holding steady with decent action in sales. Reds are rocking along in the 5 to 6-dollar range and whites are a little tight. As the economy opens, the demand should start to
increase, and, depending on the ebb and flow of the storage crop, we could see much higher pricing as demands grows. On the other hand, suffice to say we know what happens if the virus get a stranglehold on the economy again.
Asaparagus
Mexico is shipping a lot of asparagus with pricing in the mid- teens. There doesn’t seem to be any let up until at least to the late part of the month. Promotional prices are available from every shipper. As the weather starts to change in the east, we could see traction on recent Ad pricing.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli    Broccoli production continues to be minimal due to poor quality. We expect this trend to continue through early next month.  Prices have been pushed to annual highs and are expected to continue until we transition south towards the end of next month. Cauliflower production has fared much better with moderate supplies and prices to match. We anticipate supplies to tighten and prices to escalate when cooler fall temperatures arrive.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appear to be mostly steady with Local Homegrown production expected to continue for another month.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage. Carrots mostly come from Central Valley of California which fires should not affect although Hot weather will likely impact the tops of the bunched carrots
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. Northwest production continues to be limited.  We expect shortages and advancing prices through the Fall.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for romaine remains strong especially hearts with lighter supplies due to last week’s heatwave, reduced acres, increased insect pressure and diminished quality . Green and Red quality has suffered more so than Romaine with production lighter although demand remains moderate for now.
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales and Food Box programs . Mexico’s lemon crop is peaking with mostly fancy supplies. Many shippers have shifted production exclusively to bags on all citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent but has shown signs of improvement. Valencias sizing profile has been leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted increased demand for bags at retail. We anticipate navels to begin next month.
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley production remains strong with moderate demand. We expect excellent flavor, quality and size to last through the summer with promotional volume available. Off sizes and reduced quality grapes continue to be available at discounted prices.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes, Honeydew, Watermelon production has been hampered by heat and smokey skies restricting plant growth much of the past month. With only a few weeks left in the California season we should see one last wave in production before the season comes to an early close.

9/16/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
Things are about to get interesting . After a month of intermittent hot temperatures , cooler fall like weather has taken hold.  These hot spells have stressed plants, increased insect pressure leading to reduced quality and yields. Markets have reacted even with moderate demand . We expect markets to continue to escalate as demand improves. Most growers have been nearly 2 weeks ahead of schedule . With the expected transition south in a little over a month supplies are expected to be stretched thin.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine   Demand for Carton and Heart Romaine continues to excel combined with the stress from the recent heatwave supplies have tightened even further and pushed prices higher. Reduced quality will continue to impact supplies through September. Fringe and tip burn, increased high core and now significant levels of insect pressure ( Lygus & Thrip ) causing discoloration, disease and rib decay.  Most of the initial defects have been able to be trimmed in the field but more insect damage is being found in the inside layers. Expect quality issues and Higher prices to continue through September.
Red leaf, Green leaf and Boston  plantings were negatively impacted by the heat and have shown signs of tip burn and wilt. Prices have ranged but expect them to follow Romaine as Eastern production areas come to a close.
Celery
Steady harvest volumes are predicted for the remainder of the week. We expect to see a gradual increase in price starting next week. Shorter days and cooler nights will slow down growth. Quality reports show overall good quality with very occasional signs of heat damage in the form of some yellow leaves and light color stalks. Salinas and Santa Maria are currently the primary shipping points for celery on the West Coast.
Artichokes
Production of the thornless varieties has been hampered by successive high temperature events resulting in reduced quality and sizing. We don’t expect any significant volume on larger sizes until the Fall .
Cauliflower
Cauliflower is still available in the sub $10.00 range although I am being told that we will see an increase in price beginning next week. We are still finding some brown spotting and yellow cast product due to the heat a couple of weeks ago. Keep an eye on this market!
Broccoli
Light supplies will continue into next week which will equate to continued high prices. We are still seeing some brown beads and pin rot in the product due to the heat a couple of weeks ago. The cooler nights and foggy and overcast mornings will impede production as well. We estimate to start our Shui Ling broccoli crown program shipping out of Central Mexico and loading in Pharr,TX around October 15.
Brussels Sprouts
Coastal California supplies continue to improve with a mix of quality and sizing as pricing remains competitive. Current Supplies were unaffected by the high temperatures over the weekend but expect younger plants to show signs towards the end of the month.
Green Onions
Mexico growers continue their reduced Summer acres which offset increasingly Hot temperatures in Mexico and local Eastern production this time of year. Pricing has advanced as supplies have temporarily slowed due to high temperatures affecting yields
Strawberries
The weather we received over the past 10 days continues to affect the market. The heat has stressed the plants and some growers had to remove some acres from production due to quality issues brought on by high temperatures. Santa Maria, California, is forecast for hazy sun, becoming mostly sunny for the weekend. Highs are forecast in the 70s with lows in the 50s. Salinas/Watsonville, California, is forecast for hazy skies, becoming mostly sunny for the weekend. Highs are forecast in the upper-70s with lows in the 50s. Santa Maria, California, fruit has occasional bruising, white shoulders, soft shoulders, heat damage, misshapen, scarring caused from wind, seedy tips, and catface. Average counts are 20 to 22, occasionally higher and lower.
Raspberries
Reduce volumes continued due to last week’s heat. We are expecting volumes to be steady next week and begin to ramp up the last week in September.  We are still shipping the late season fruit and will be transitioning to new crop varieties at the end of the month.
Blueberries
The Argentinian and Peruvian seasons will reach peak volumes, late October through November. Good quality and availability will start ramping. Mexico is a bit delayed but will start ramping up over the next few weeks. Mexico will start to increase their volume next week. We expect good volume and supplies starting in late October.
Blackberries
We are entering a transition period between US and central mexico producing regions.   Mexican imports have started and Oregon is still going. Expect Mexico to ramp up heading into late fall, with a steady increase now until late October. Santa Maria fall crop started with light numbers.
Stone Fruit
Yellow peaches and nectarines are finishing up this week for the season. There are some larger tray pack still available, but those will likely clean up by the weekend. Offshore product is not expected to arrive for a few more weeks so expect a supply gap until then. Late season plums will continue into December. Production is good on large red and black plums, particularly on 40 count and larger. Small sized plums are limited so get orders in early.
Grapes
Steady markets this week out of the California central valley on red a green grapes. Red grapes are plentiful with a wide array of varieties and sizing options to choose from. Quality is holding up nicely despite recent heatwaves. We are currently in peak season on reds and promotable volumes are currently available. Green grape inventories have been slightly more affected by the heat and volumes have declined from previous weeks. Supplies are still strong and multiple varieties are available, so markets are not expected to jump significantly. Please continue to run offer by us on red and green grapes.
Citrus
Oranges – Demand is very strong on valencia oranges, particularly on 113 and 138 sizes. We expect shortages to last throughout the remainder of the season as many growers finish up production. Offshore product is limited due to increasing demand in South American countries, thus there is less product to export on their end. Quality is starting to suffer as a result of high temps and tired fruit. Expect pricing to continue rising through next week as volumes decline.
Lemons – Plenty of fruit available at competitive pricing. Foodservice business remains slow and more product is hitting the open market. Multiple growing areas are adding to the abundance of supply across the country . Quality is very nice. Listening to offers.
Limes- Fewer crossings this week as rain in growing areas affects production. Markets have held stead from last week though we could see stronger pricing later next week depending on the amount of rain received in Mexico. Quality is beginning to suffer, be sure to know what you are getting before you ship.
Cantaloupe
The market plot thickens along with the smoke in the air of the fire afflicted San Joaquin Valley; Record heat, followed by lower than average temps, as well as foul air has wrecked havoc on the fields that are left to harvest over the next month. Supplies have plunged and many growers have been experiencing gaps between fields. This trend looks to extend for the rest of the Westside deal as the fields that are left looks as if they have sustained damage. Pricing went up accordingly and all sizes became tight, especially 9s. For growers restarting harvest after the gap, sizes are peaking on job 9s and 6s. Others n 12s. Prices shot upward on sizes this week. Next week it appears we are in for more of the same with high prices, light supplies and unpredictable sizing and quality. The desert deal is expected to start the last week of September, or first week in October.
Honeydew
Much the same as cantaloupes but more available as they are not in as much demand. Volume has been light due to the same environmental factors affecting cantaloupes. Market rose due to light supplies. Sizes continued to peak on 5s and 6s then jbo 5s. We could see improved demand if cantaloupes continue to be as limited as they are now. Otherwise we look for a steady to a bit higher market.
Dry Onions
All the action is in the Northwest and some in Nevada and a few California. The business is steady in the $6-$7.00 range on Jumbo Yellows. Sizes are consistent and some Colossal and Super Colossal. Reds are steady in the $7 range. There are some Italian reds in the Gilroy and Salinas areas.
Asaparagus
Mexico is shipping a lot of Asparagus with pricing in the mid- teens. There doesn’t seem to be any let up until at least to the late part of the month. Promotional prices are available from every shipper.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli    Broccoli production continues to be minimal due to poor quality. We expect this trend to continue through early next month.  Prices are expected to be pushed higher with little relief in sight. Cauliflower production was impacted as well although quality and supplies had been stronger up til now as we anticipate supplies to tighten and prices to escalate as the weather has begun to cool.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appear to be mostly steady with Local Homegrown production adding to overall supplies.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage. Carrots mostly come from Central Valley of California which fires should not affect although Hot weather will likely impact the tops of the bunched carrots
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. The USDA Food Box Program continues to be the driving force. Northwest production has been delayed but should start soon with an expected very short window.  We expect shortages and advancing prices through the Fall.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for romaine remains strong especially hearts with lighter supplies due to last week’s heatwave, reduced acres, increased insect pressure and diminished quality . Green and Red quality has suffered more so than Romaine with production lighter although demand remains mild for now. Expect to see some visible ash from local wildfires.
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales and Food Box programs . California lemon crop has finished up as supplies from Mexico have begun to level off along with prices.  Many shippers have shifted production exclusively to bags on All Citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent but has shown signs of improvement. Valencias sizing profile has been leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted increased demand for bags at retail
OG Grapes
California:   Central Valley production remains strong with moderate demand. We expect excellent flavor, quality and size to last through the Summer with promotional volume available. Off sizes and reduced quality grapes continue to be available at discounted prices.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes and Honeydew production surged last week but growers are assessing damage on the younger plantings that will likely lead to reduced production for the next couple weeks especially mini Watermelon varieties.

9/10/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
Temperatures raged over the weekend causing quality issues to worsen. The obvious fringe and tip burn along with burst heads and twisting cores have already affected available supplies resulting in a tighter market and higher prices. Demand remains moderate but as long as quality continues to adversely affect yields expect prices to firm. Temperatures are forecast to moderate but the damage is done.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine   Demand for carton and heart romaine continues to excel combined with the stress from the recent heatwave. Supplies have tightened even further, pushing prices higher. Most growers were anticipating better supplies, but reduced quality will have the reverse effect. Fringe and tip burn along with twisting , high core and increased insect pressure will require additional trimming at field level. Tiered pricing has given way to more blanket pricing . Reduced plantings continue for most growers through September keeping pressure on markets to maintain elevate capacity
Red leaf, green leaf and boston  plantings were negatively impacted by the heat and have shown signs of tipburn and wilt. Prices have ranged depending on the severity of damage among growers.
Celery
Supplies of celery are plentiful with promotable volume available. Quality reports show overall good quality with very occasional signs of heat damage in the form of some yellow leaves and light color stalks. Salinas and Santa Maria are currently the primary shipping points for celery on the west coast. Please run your offers by us.
Artichokes
Production of the thornless varieties has been hampered by successive high temperature events resulting in reduced quality and sizing. We don’t expect any significant volume on larger sizes until the fall .
Cauliflower
Prices have stabilized but do not look like they will increase any higher. Finding a good quality product that can make the ride east has been a challenge over the last few days. Due to the high temps we had over the weekend it has definitely affected the shelf life. Product looks fairly good at time of shipping but arrives 3-4 days later with heavy yellow cast and some spotting, especially on 9 size. Buy conservatively and expect to find some quality defects upon arrival.
Broccoli
Supplies remain to be somewhat limited although we should start to see a little more volume hit the markets by the end of the week. We are still seeing some brown beads on the domes from heat distress but it is slowly cleaning up. Look for prices to remain steady for the remainder of this week and then start to gradually decline starting early next week. Supplies out of Mexico are limited and prices have firmed up as well.
Brussels Sprouts
Coastal California supplies continue to improve with a mix of quality and sizing as pricing becomes competitive. Current Supplies were unaffected by the high temperatures over the weekend but expect younger plants to show signs towards the end of the month.
Green Onions
Mexico growers continue their reduced summer acres which offset increasingly Hot temperatures in Mexico and local Eastern production this time of year. Pricing has advanced as supplies have temporarily slowed due to high temperatures affecting yields
Strawberries
The two tiered markets remains in effect, but there will be some signs of heat damage that occurred over the labor day weekend. Oxnard continues to ship in a very light way. They are estimated to ship 22,000 boxes this week. In comparison, Santa maria is trending toward 900,000 cartons, while the Salinas / Watsonville area is forecasted for 1,750,000 boxes this week. As we get closer to the end of the month, expect numbers to begin a slow decline.
Raspberries
Supplies have reached their summer peak and volume will gradually decline week over week for the remainder of the month. Central Mexico will begin to increase volume towards the end of September.
Blueberries
Blueberries will continue to ramp up through year end. Peruvians, Baja, and Mexico regions will carry the majority of volume going forward.
Blackberries
Higher temperatures continue to wreak havoc on blackberries. Damaged fruit has to be discarded at the field level. The market will remain ‘demand exceeds’ into next week. Mexico will be harvesting better numbers the first week of October.
Stone Fruit
Peach supplies are extremely light this week as the season comes to an end. This is the last week of production and we are experiencing heavy demand as a result. Small sizes are especially hard to find. Quality is beginning to suffer due to the recent heatwave in the central valley. Nectarine production will be finished by this weekend and most shippers are now sold out for the season. Black plum supplies are lighter this week, although there will likely be better supplies next week. Red plum supplies are keeping up with demand, although supplies on small sizes are starting to tighten. Plums should still be available through October.
Grapes
The red grape market has slowly been trending up this week. Recent heatwaves in California have affected production and quality. Despite this, supplies are still strong and shippers are looking to move product. Quality is holding up , although we could see some heat damage at the store level.
Green grape markets are strengthening as overall demand improves. Quality has been affected by the recent heatwave and shelf life will likely suffer as a result. Currently , there is good availability on greens and shippers are looking to move product.
Citrus
Oranges – Strong markets continue this week on all sizes. Demand has significantly increased as schools and restaurants slowly re-open. Chilean production is slow to start, creating more supply gaps. Chilean production is expected to be lighter this year, and these elevated markets will likely continue indefinitely. High heat in the California central valley is taking its toll on quality so expect some defects.
Lemons – Plenty of product currently available out of multiple regions, including California, Mexico and Chile. Shippers are looking to move product and are listening to offers. Quality is very nice with very few problems to report.
Limes- Large sizes are tighter this week. Supplies are improving on small sizes and shippers are starting to make deals. Restaurant demand is still low, which is preventing overall markets from strengthening. Quality has been ‘hit and miss’ industry wide. Be sure to pre-book volume orders, as there are still occasional supply gaps on most sizes.
Cantaloupe
Cantaloupes continue their upward price trajectory this week. Production challenges mounted as a result of recent heat and smoke from multiple wildfires. Some acreage had been lost and may fields have had very unpredictable and variable maturation schedules. This week thus turned into a gap week. Demand has been steady. Sizes have been peaking on 9s and jbo 9s then 12s with few smaller. Prices rose accordingly and product will likely be short heading into this weekend and thru about mid next week. We see a higher market developing and lasting through most of next week.
Honeydew
Product has not been as short as cantaloupes, but have also had some production issues. Demand however has been lackluster seemingly for the entire Westside deal this year. The shortage of cantaloupes helped that a bit and prices rose as the week has developed, with sizes continuing to peak on 5s and 6s with ample jbo 5s and very few smaller. Quality on all melons has been generally good. Next week demand should continue to be improved as buyers will look more to honeydews as cantaloupes become higher priced. Mixed melons are virtually done for the season creating more demand, We look for the market to keep rising, although moderately so, thru next week.
Dry Onions
All the action is in the Northwest, Nevada and California. The business is steady in the $6-$7.00 range on Jumbo Yellows. Sizes are consistent, with some Colossal and Super Colossal. Reds are steady in the $7 range. There are some Italian reds in the Gilroy area, as well as Salinas.
Asaparagus
Mexico is shipping a lot of Asparagus with pricing in the mid- teens. There doesn’t seem to be any let up until at least to the later part of this month. Promotional prices are available from every shipper.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli    Broccoli production continues to take a hit from Mother Nature with temperatures soaring again over the weekend resulting in additional damage to an already diminished crop. Prices are expected to be pushed higher with little relief in sight. Cauliflower production was impacted as well although quality and supplies had been strong entering the weekend. We anticipate supplies to tighten and prices to escalate.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appear to be mostly steady with Local Homegrown production adding to overall supplies.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and Demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage. Carrots mostly come from Central Valley of California which fires should not affect although Hot weather will likely impact the Tops of the Bunched Carrots
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. The USDA Food Box Program continues to be the driving force. Northwest production has been delayed but should start soon with an expected very short window.  We expect shortages and advancing prices through the Fall.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for Romaine remains strong especially Hearts with lighter supplies due to last week’s heatwave, reduced acres, increased insect pressure and diminished quality . Green and Red quality has suffered more so than Romaine with production lighter although demand remains mild for now. Expect to see some visible ash from local wildfires .
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales and Food Box programs . California lemon crop has finished up as supplies from Mexico have begun to level off along with prices.  Many shippers have shifted production exclusively to bags on All Citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent but has shown signs of improvement. Valencias sizing profile has been leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted increased demand for bags at retail
OG Grapes
California:   Central Valley production remains strong with moderate demand. We expect excellent flavor, quality and size to last through the Summer with promotional volume available. Off sizes and reduced quality grapes continue to be available at discounted prices.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes and Honeydew production surged last week but growers are assessing damage on the younger plantings that will likely lead to reduced production for the next couple weeks especially mini Watermelon varieties.

9/3/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
A surge in supplies due to previous weeks’ heatwave and subsequent harvest delays has depressed markets . Another round of heat is expected this weekend which will continue to push supplies forward. Quality has been resilient with many defects hampering growers from tip and fringe burn, increased insect and soil disease pressure. Growers have been able to maneuver through these potential defects at field level. If temperatures rage again this weekend quality may take a further turn for the worse and affect overall supplies
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine   Demand for Carton and Heart Romaine continues to excel. Supplies have improved although quality issues continue to hinder peak production . Tiered pricing remains on hearts especially as some growers trim down their Romaine to remove any heat related defects. Reduced plantings continue for most growers through September keeping pressure on markets to maintain elevate capacity
Red leaf, Green leaf and Boston  plantings were negatively impacted by the heat and have shown signs of tipburn and wilt. Prices surged to offset reduced availability and have since settled .  Expect conditions to continue with hot temperatures expected this weekend.
Celery
Supplies of celery are plentiful with promotable volume available. Quality reports show overall good quality with very occasional signs of heat damage in the form of pith and some light color stalks. Salinas and Santa Maria are currently the primary shipping points for celery on the West Coast. Please run your offers by us.
Artichokes
Production of the thornless varieties continue with sizing profile reduced to mostly medium and small sizes for the balance of the summer. We don’t expect any significant volume on larger sizes until the Fall .
Cauliflower
Prices have stabilized and have moved up from the floor. Lighter supplies are forecasted out of both Santa Maria and Salinas next week. We expect prices to increase a little more as the week finishes out. Quality is fair, we are finding some yellow cast and the occasional spotting caused from the heat two weeks ago. Most shippers hope to be out of these quality issues early next week.
Broccoli
Supplies have tightened up due to the heat we had two weeks back. Harvest yields this week are lighter than normal. Domes are showing some brown beads. Growers are having to be very selective in the field thus walking past more products than they would like to. Look for prices to remain firm going into next week. Supplies out of Mexico are limited and prices have firmed up as well. Most of the product being harvested out of Mexico is showing hollow core.
Brussels Sprouts
Coastal California supplies continue to improve with a mix of quality and sizing as pricing becomes competitive. Production is expected to continue to improve as growers hand pick their early season crop and now have begun to mechanically harvest which allows for a significant increase in harvest efficiency .
Green Onions
Mexico growers continue their reduced summer acres which offset increasingly Hot temperatures in Mexico and local Eastern production this time of year. We expect the market to remain steady on moderate supplies and sizing.
Strawberries
We are experiencing volume increases of ‘new-crop’ fruit from Santa Maria. Fruit size and quality has improved as we have settled into an ideal weather pattern that is forecast to continue into next week. The Salinas and Watsonville forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with highs in the 70s, increasing to the 80s for the weekend, and lows in the 50s. The Santa Maria area is forecasting temps very similar to the Salinas / Watsonville areas. Santa Maria new crop fruit has shown a few white shoulders, misshapen, scarring caused from wind, seedy tips, and ‘catface’. Average counts are 18 to 20, occasionally higher and lower.
Raspberries
We are in peak production this week and next. California is pushing volume right now, but we expect numbers to diminish slightly beginning the 3rd week of September.
Blueberries
Imports are trickling in on the east coast with Michigan, British Columbia, and Oregon, all still in production. Domestic fruit will really start to slow down heading into September, so look to Argentina and Peruvian fruit to start landing at normal levels over the next few weeks. Import organics are already hitting the U.S. in light volume.
Blackberries
Supplies are expected to descend next week and will continue to decline through the end of 2020. Mexican imports have started and Oregon is still going. Expect Mexico to ramp up heading into late fall, with a steady increase into late October
Stone Fruit
Yellow peach production will remain light for the next two weeks. The season is expected to end later next week. Demand has strengthened this week as fewer suppliers have product and small sizing become scarce. Quality has been holding up , although some soft fruit has been reported upon arrival. Yellow nectarines are finishing up for the season, with most growers making their last picks over the weekend. Expect limited availability next wee. Black plums are still available; mostly in large sizes and quality is holding up. Small sizes are limited and be sure to pre book , as demand will increase significantly in the coming weeks. Good production on reds also, although there have been fewer smalls available.
Grapes
Good volumes on multiple varieties of red and greens this week. Demand is sluggish, and some shippers are putting fruit in storage to fill the inventory gaps which are expected later this month. Magenta and Scarlet Royals are the main varieties currently available. Quality has been very nice on both. Green varieties include Stella Bella, Ivory and Pristine and quality has been strong. We are in peak season on both red and green grapes. Shippers are looking to move product and are offering promotions over the next 6 weeks. Please run offers by us.
Citrus
Oranges – Stronger markets continue this week. Many school districts have opened nationwide, which is causing an uptick in demand, particularly on small sizes. USDA programs also continue to dig into inventories. Many growers are finished for the season out of California, creating supply gaps which will last until offshore volumes improve. Expect tight supplies and elevated markets for at least another 3 weeks. Quality has been hit and miss, with some reports of re-greening, scarring and soft fruit. Be sure to pre book early and expect delays.
Lemons – Good availability industry wide on lemons. Multiple areas are currently in production, including California coastal regions, California desert, Mexico and South America. Plenty of deals being made and shippers are looking to move product. Quality has is very nice with very few issues to report.
Cantaloupe
Tighter and higher. Several shippers are out due to overwatering or sugar struggles . At the same time there have been good retail promotions set up starting this weekend with shipping schedules thru next Wednesday. So finally, after weeks of doldrums we have a market. Sizes peaking on 9s and jbo 9s and we expect that next week as fields that have been waiting to dry out, or sugar up, continue to size up while they mature. Also weather in the Central Valley is about to be quite hot again over the weekend which could shock the vines or bring them forward. We look for a higher and tighter market through the middle of next week with perhaps lower prices creeping back in by the end of next week.
Honeydew
Honeydews are a bit better as well with some spill over demand from shortage of cantaloupes and some production difficulties. Sizes continue to peak on 5s and 6s with an ample supply of Jbo 5s. Quality overall remains good. With lopes expected to be tight for the balance of this week and beginning of next. We expect this demand to remain in its current state during that time. We look for a slightly higher market toward the end of this week, and possibly adjusting mid to end of next week.
Dry Onions
California is cleaned up for the most part, and overall it was a fairly good market. The New Mexico Onion deal has remained competitive with California all season long, and because of the quality and freight advantage was able to take a lot of the business away from California this year. Usually, in the
past, the weather in New Mexico has had an impact on the availability, impacting the quality…not this year. Northwest…The Treasure Valley onion deal is off and running shipping from all areas. Prices are all over everywhere. Washington in the $5-$6 area and Treasure Valley in the 6-7 range. Ida-Ore was fighting size earlier in the deal but now has moved into being able to offer Colossal sizing. As the summer winds down and they start to go to storage the pricing will start to become more stable.
Asaparagus
There is going to be a lot of asparagus around for a while. Baja is producing, San Miguel is producing, to say nothing about Peru. Historically there has been very little Mexican asparagus around this time of year, but there has been a conceded effort to compete with the Peruvian deal and now it’s here. Look for promotable pricing through the end of the month and beyond.It looks like grass is going to be available for quite some time.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli    The broccoli market continues to surge on weakening supplies due to reduced quality. Cauliflower where supplies continue to be strong , offers a better value although production is expected to be affected by increased insect pressure.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appears to be mostly steady with Local Homegrown production adding to overall supplies.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and Demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage. Carrots mostly come from Central Valley of California which fires should not affect although Hot weather will likely impact the Tops of the Bunched Carrots
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. The USDA Food Box Program continues to be the driving force. Northwest production has been delayed but should start soon with an expected very short window.  We expect shortages and advancing prices through fall.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for Romaine remains strong especially Hearts with lighter supplies due to last week’s heatwave, reduced acres and increased insect pressure . Green and Red quality has suffered more so than Romaine with production lighter although demand remains mild for now. Expect to see some visible ash for local wildfires .
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales and Food Box programs . California lemon crop has finished up as supplies from Mexico have begun to improve as well as some offshore production. Pricing has eased on Lemons although continues to be strong on the rest of the Citrus category. All retail sizes are in high demand.  Many shippers have shifted production exclusively to bags on All Citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent and Hot weather followed by rain has significantly impacted harvest. Expect shortages for a few more weeks.  Valencias sizing profile has been leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted increased demand for bags at retail
OG Grapes
California:   Central Valley production remains strong with moderate demand. We expect excellent flavor, quality and size to last through the Summer with promotional volume available. Off sizes and reduced quality grapes continue to be available at discounted prices.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes and Honeydew production surged last week but growers are assessing damage on the younger plantings that will likely lead to reduced production for the next couple weeks especially mini Watermelon varieties.

8/27/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
Weather has returned to normal for most of California as growers assess damage caused by last week’s heat wave and wildfires. For the most part lettuce acres weren’t affected other than some fringe burn and sun scald along with Ash spread from the nearby Wildfires . Labor became scarce as growers limited harvest hours to keep workers exposure to the smoke minimized. Demand remains steady while growers catch up on harvested acres . Most shippers remain flexible on price especially for volume. Somehow quality is still holding up although issues can be seen with fringe , tip or internal burn varied throughout the valley.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine   Demand for carton and hearts remain good although not as strong as prior weeks. Supplies have improved as growers catch up from last week’s delays. Tiered pricing has widened especially on hearts as some growers trim down their Romaine to remove any Ash that settled in the heart. Quality continues to vary industry-wide. The recent heat wave has caused an increase in fringe burn, sun scald and wilting . Although trimmable in the field, expect increased internal burn and decay as smoke from the local fires created overcast and humid conditions. Reduced plantings continue for most growers through September.
Red leaf, Green leaf and Boston  plantings were negatively impacted by the heat and have shown signs of tip burn and wilt. This has led to tighter supplies and higher prices. Expect this condition to continue through next week .
Celery
Good supplies of celery continue to ship out of both Santa Maria and Salinas. Quality reports in the Santa Maria and Salinas growing districts show overall good quality with some light color stalks and insect pressure due to excessive heat last week. Shippers are looking to move on all sizes. Run your offers by us.
Artichokes
Production of the thornless varieties continue with sizing profile reduced to mostly medium and small sizes for the balance of the summer. We don’t expect any significant volume on larger sizes until the Fall .
Cauliflower
Market is at the bottom and shippers are looking to make deals to move products. Looking at the product yesterday we are seeing some light yellow cast and a knuckle curd on the domes. Prices are down and dirty so run your offers by us.
Broccoli
Supplies are somewhat limited to what they were the last few weeks. Harvest yields this week are lighter than normal. Domes are showing some brown beads due to the excessive heat we experienced last week. Growers are having to be very selective in the field thus walking past more product than they would like to. Look for prices to remain somewhat firm going into next week. Supplies out of Mexico are limited and prices have firmed up as well.
Brussels Sprouts
Coastal California supplies continue to improve with a mix of quality and sizing as pricing becomes competitive. Production is expected to continue to improve as growers hand pick their early season crop before transitioning to mechanical harvest early next month.
Green Onions
Mexico growers continue their reduced summer acres which offset increasingly hot temperatures in Mexico and local eastern production this time of year. We expect the market to remain steady on moderate supplies and sizing.
Strawberries
After several days of high temperatures, lightning, and fires around the production areas, we expect volumes to decrease this week. Temperatures have cooled, allowing the plant to rest. We will continue to monitor fruit quality. Organic strawberries are similar to conventional, the high temperatures affected some ranches, however, in comparison to conventional ranches, most of the acreage is located in an area where temperatures don’t get too hot due to the coastal proximity. Although volumes will continue to decrease, we expect the decline to be less significant.
Raspberries
The up trend continues as expected, but stronger than previously projected due to a heat event that materialized over the week, which has accelerated the ripening process. We’ve increased the forecast through early September to represent the shift in volume timing as a result of this heat event. There is some softer fruit because of the warm weather in the area coming out of the heat event. Growers are working on culling fruit where necessary. Santa Maria has reported good overall quality.
Blueberries
Peruvian volumes will begin this week and will continue through year end. Mexico began their season last week with light and increasing volumes over the next 2-3 weeks. Baja volumes will continue with light production until the fall.
Blackberries
Supply production is higher this week driven by residual effects from the heat wave. The hot temperatures from last Friday through the early part of this week is accelerating the ripening process leading to more supply. We believe this will be a short-lived effect and supplies will begin down-trending through the end of August from all regions.
Stone Fruit
Peach supplies are tightening up this week and will remain light for the next two weeks until the production season finishes. Demand is strong and sizing is mostly large. Small sized peaches are much lighter in supply. Good supplies of nectarines this week. Supplies are expected to be heavy on nectarines for the next 3 weeks and then will quickly taper off. Quality is holding up overall, although some soft fruit has recently been reported. Good supplies on large red and black plums and limited volume on smaller sizes. Quality has been very nice.
Grapes
Red grape volumes are still strong. Flame varieties are finishing up , making way for scarlet royals next week. Quality has been good despite recent heatwaves and product is holding up nicely at the store level. Green grapes are currently available in multiple varieties and volumes are improving as well. Quality is very nice on greens, and competitive pricing overall. Shippers are looking to promote on reds and greens through October so don’t hesitate to run opportunities by us.
Citrus
Oranges -Stronger markets this week. Many growers have finished production for the season in the central valley, which is lightening supplies. Many school districts have been opening back up throughout the country. USDA food box programs continue to gobble up supplies. Quality has been good overall, although some greening and scuffing has been reported. Expect light volumes and and high pricing for the next two months.
Lemons – More deals available on most sizes as USA, Argentina, Chile and Mexico are all producing and supplies will be plentiful for the coming weeks. Quality has been strong overall. Expect good volumes through September.
Cantaloupe
After weeks of steady prices with discounting, the cantaloupe market finally got better. Ironically it was because of extreme heat in Central Valley last week and the effects of smoke from fires slowing down harvesters. Sizes also started to run smaller, with production peaks changing from jbo 9s and 9s to regular 9s and 12s with even some 15s and a few 18s. Prices firmed accordingly with higher quotes and less discounting on jbo and regular 9s. 12s were steady and 15s and 18s being discounted. Quality overall has remained good all season. Demand was still on the dull side with food service still operating at lower levels due to COVID protocols. Prices also were being held in check due to high freight rates. Next week with weather moderating we should see a more normal production flow. Demand should not change much as there does not seem to be any robust promotion inquiry. We look for a steady to slightly lower market next week.
Honeydew
Alas poor honeydews cannot seem to get any market respect this year. Production was a bit lower as extreme heat and fire related smoke interfered with production. Demand just can’t seem to get any more robust than its anemic pace. Quality is generally good with mostly excellent brix. Sizes skewed a bit smaller with less jbo 5s and more regular 5s and 6s. There were even some 8s and a few 9s. Next week does not look to be much different. Moderating temps should increase production a bit and skew sizing larger again. We look for a dull and steady market next week with more discounting.
Mix Melons
Mixed melons are winding down for the year. Sizes still are peaking on 6s and 6s but varietal choices are getting more limited. Prices have not changed, and are not expected to next week.  Check daily for what is available.
Dry Onions
California is cleaned up for the most part, and overall it was a fairly good market. The New Mexico Onions deal stayed really competitive with California all season long, and because of the quality and freight advantage were able to take a lot of the business away from California this year. Usually, in the
past, the weather in New Mexico has had an impact on the availability, impacting the quality…not this year. Northwest…The Treasure Valley onion deal is off and running shipping from all areas. Prices are all over everywhere. Washington in the $5-$6 area and Treasure Valley in the 6-7 range. Ida-Ore was fighting size earlier in the deal but now has moved into being able to offer Colossal sizing. As the summer winds down and they start to go to storage the pricing will start to become more stable.
Asaparagus
Mexico is shipping out of Baja Mexico and starting to scratch around in San Miguel. Peru is getting bigger volume and they are in really good quality. Demand this time of year is fair and prices are fluctuating between the low 20’s to the mid to high 20’s. As the summer winds down, we will start to see more chain ad requests which will make the market raise as more is taken off the spot market.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli    The market remains mostly steady with some buying opportunities especially Cauliflower where supplies continue to be plentiful. This could change quickly with recent weather events. Quality remains mostly good but growers will battle the effects of the recent heatwave in California which will lead to increased insect pressure and discoloration to the heads. Broccoli supplies have begun to tighten and prices are escalating.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appear to be mostly steady with Local Homegrown production adding to overall supplies.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage. Carrots mostly come from Central Valley of California which fires should not affect although hot weather will likely impact the tops of the bunched carrots
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. The USDA Food Box Program continues to be the driving force. High temperatures earlier this summer have impacted quality and have led to a premature end to the California potato crop with transition to the Northwest expected to be delayed. We expect shortages and advancing prices through early September.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for Romaine remains strong especially Hearts with lighter supplies due to last week’s heatwave, reduced acres and increased insect pressure . Green and Red quality has suffered more so than Romaine with production lighter although demand remains mild for now. Expect to see some visible ash for local wildfires .
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales and Food Box programs . California lemon crop has finished up as supplies from Mexico have begun to improve as well as some offshore production. Pricing has eased on Lemons although continues to be strong on the rest of the Citrus category. All retail sizes are in high demand.  Many shippers have shifted production exclusively to bags on All Citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent and Hot weather followed by rain has significantly impacted harvest. Expect shortages for a few more weeks.  Valencias sizing profile has been leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted increased demand for bags at retail
OG Grapes
California:   Central Valley production remains strong with moderate demand. We expect excellent flavor, quality and size to last through the summer with promotional volume available. Off sizes and reduced quality grapes continue to be available at discounted prices.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes and Honeydew production surged last week but growers are assessing damage on the younger plantings that will likely lead to reduced production for the next couple weeks especially mini Watermelon varieties.

8/5/20

Lettuce
Market continues to swing as demand remains sporadic. Current prices have edged downward. We anticipate this volatility throughout the Summer. Quality is mostly good although cool, damp conditions this week has led to increased mildew pressure and soil disease likely impacting yields and overall supplies.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine   Demand for both Carton and Hearts remain strong. Supplies, quality and pricing continue to vary. Reduced plantings has led to firmer overall pricing. There continues to be isolated deals available. Quality is mostly good with growers managing tipburn and now mildew at field level.
Red leaf and Boston  plantings are also reduced as demand and pricing has been mostly mild.
Green leaf demand has improved with slightly elevated pricing. Regional production in the Northeast has been hampered by extreme weather which could impact quality and lead to increased demand on the West Coast.
Celery
Steady supplies of celery are available out of both Santa Maria and Salinas. Quality reports in the Santa Maria and Salinas growing districts show overall good quality with very occasional signs of pith and some light color stalks. Prices will remain unchanged as we move into next week.
Artichokes
Production of the Heirloom /Original Green Globe has finished for the season. Strong Supplies of the thornless varieties are available mostly at competitive pricing especially on mid sizes.
Cauliflower
It seems as though the market has found a decent trading level at current prices and we could see a slight increase in price going into next week. Good demand and light harvest volume on 9 size will cause an increase in price as we finish out the week. Look for 12 size pricing to get slightly better as buyers look to substitute for 9’s.
Broccoli
Good supplies available this week out of both Santa Maria and Salinas as crops have turned the corner. For the most part we are finding good green color and tight domes with small beads. Mexican supply is somewhat limited for the next month during the growing region’s rainy season. Product out of Mexico will be showing hollow stems and yellow beads. Maine has started harvesting along with Washington state.
Brussels Sprouts
Coastal California supplies have improved with a mix of quality and sizing. Production is expected to remain steady as growers hand pick their early season crop before transitioning to mechanical harvest later next month.
Green Onions
Mexico growers continue their reduced Summer acres which offset increasingly Hot temperatures in Mexico and local Eastern production this time of year. We expect the market to remain steady on moderate supplies and smaller sizing.
Strawberries
Cooler than normal temperatures continue to slow growth and keep the market in double digits. Temperatures are expected to move back to the high 70’s and low 80’s this weekend. We expect supplies to be stable to slightly higher for next week. The organic market should see increasing supplies next week as well.
Raspberries
Volumes continue to be low and cannot fulfill demand. Conditions are forecast to improve in the coming days and we are expecting volumes to start to trend upward. We are looking for peak numbers mid August.
Blueberries
British Columbia is in peak season numbers and will remain strong for the next 3 weeks. The Pacific Northwest will be the main production area for a few more weeks. New Jersey will continue with low volume for the next couple of weeks. Baja will continue with low numbers as well until the fall when production will ramp up.
Blackberries
Fruit ripening is being delayed by the cooler and overcast weather. The 3rd week of August, if the weather cooperates, you can expect heavy volumes which should run into September.
Stone Fruit
Lighter supplies on peaches and nectarines this week as California growing regions switch to late summer varieties. We expect mostly steady supplies through the remainder of the month. Good supplies on plums and quality is excellent with great sugar and excellent flavor. Apricot supplies are lighter this week and sizing is peaking on 80ct. Expect 3 more weeks of ample supplies on stone fruit, followed by sharp drops in volume by early September.
Grapes
Good volumes this week on red grapes and pricing is easing up as shippers look to move inventory. Flames are the main variety currently and quality has been very nice on product out of the California central valley. We expect good volumes on red grapes for the coming weeks. Green grape supplies are also improving and pricing is settling. Quality has been holding up with very few problems to report. Overall grape supplies are increasing and we expect competitive pricing in the coming days and weeks.
Citrus
Oranges – Better supplies on valencias this week. Hot temperatures in the central valley are resulting in some quality issues. Offshore citrus is still trying to get started after experiencing some weather delays over the past few weeks. USDA programs are still gobbling up supplies, so volumes remain light overall. Slightly better supplies are expected next week out of California.
Lemons – this market appears to be easing up. Quarantines are back into effect and restaurants are again facing more restrictions, so there is less overall demand. Supplies are arriving from Mexico at competitive pricing, which is helping to drive costs down industry wide. Overall quality has been strong coming out of both California and Mexico. Offshore product is arriving on the west coast in light numbers, but volume is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
Limes – Strong markets this week on all sizes, although pricing seems to have leveled off as a result of more product expected to cross into Texas from Mexico in the coming days. There have been better numbers on small sizes and large sizes remain tight. Quality is starting to show issues as a result of high heat and humidity in Mexican growing regions.
Cantaloupe
Finally this week production became more consistent in both supply and size distribution. The numerous gaps caused by rains during planting have finally appeared to end and most suppliers are getting into a normal production pattern; albeit with less than normal supplies as planting was also cut back going into the unknown economic disruptions that the pandemic continues to affect. Food service is quite slow due to restaurant and school shutdowns which are continuing or re-occurring.  Retail demand has felt robust and consistent and less outside dining means more home dining and thus more grocery shopping. Thus markets have been stable. However there is a moderate drop in quoted prices as more production comes on line. As expected pricing declined a bit with some robust discounts but overall the trend is moderately lower but leveling off. We look for this trend to continue into next week with steady to slightly lower quotes market with spot discounts on slower days.
Honeydew
Steady to a bit lower with discounting continues to be the narrative here as well. Production has been adequate to ample on the Westside this year and continues to be so. Quality is quite good and sizes have moderated a bit peaking on 5s then jbo 5s then 6s with a few smaller. Prices are steady and reasonable with spot discounting, particularly on 5s and jbo 5s. We look for a dull, steady market next week with ample discounts to keep things moving.
Mix Melons
Typical moving targets on varieties and sizes. Overall supplies are adequate and so is demand. Quality is good. Market is steady.
Dry Onions
Not a lot of change from my last report as the California onion deal starts to wind down. Transportation costs have remained strong and has continued to give New Mexico an advantage on continuing to hold the attention of most Midwest receivers. Washington State and Ida/Ore have begun and most big onion receivers are getting a taste the northwest deal as the western deal wains.
Asaparagus
Asparagus will start to gain higher prices as Mexico production slows down
over the next few weeks, we may see markets elevate back to higher pricing as all demand will shift to Peru for fulfillment. Peru will have $23-$24 inbound
cost on their product coming in for the weekend boats.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli    The market has firmed on lighter supplies due to Summer reduction in planted acres. Quality remains mostly good but growers will battle insect pressure throughout the Summer. As long as the weather remains mild we can expect steady supplies and pricing.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appear to be mostly steady with Local Homegrown production adding to overall supplies.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and Demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage.
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. The USDA Food Box Program continues to be the driving force. Foodservice demand has improved but continues to lag behind. High temperatures have impacted quality and will likely lead to a premature end to the California potato crop with transition to the Northwest expected to be delayed. We expect shortages and advancing prices through August.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for Romaine remains strong especially Hearts with lighter supplies due reduced acres and increased insect pressure . Green, Red and Romaine show signs of improving quality as temperatures remain mostly mild. Quality should see weekly improvements as local Homegrown production is advancing in the East.
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales and Food Box programs . California lemon crop has finished up as supplies from Mexico have begun to improve with an overall small sizing profile. Pricing continues to be strong but appears to have plateaued. All retail sizes are in high demand.  Many shippers have shifted production towards bags on All Citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent and Hot weather followed by rain has significantly impacted harvest. Expect shortages for a few more weeks.  Valencias sizing profile has been leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted increased demand for bags at retail
OG Grapes
California:   Central Valley production remains strong with good demand. We expect excellent flavor, quality and size to last through the Summer with promotional volume available. Some Mexican product continues to be available with significantly reduced price and quality.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes and Honeydew production has improved with continued strong demand. Watermelon production has varied with growers hampered by high temperatures especially the mini Watermelon varieties. Demand remains strong for both.

7/30/20

Lettuce
Markets have for the most part leveled although demand remains sporadic. Any shift on either side of the supply / demand formula has had considerable influence. We expect this volatility throughout the summer. Quality is mostly good although many fields continue to show irregular sizing which is impacting overall supplies. Tip burn continues to be present as well.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine   Demand for both carton and hearts remain strong. Supplies, quality and pricing continue to vary. Reduced plantings has led to firmer overall pricing with occasional deals available. Quality is mostly good with growers managing tipburn at field level.
Green leaf , red leaf and boston  plantings are also reduced as demand and pricing has been mostly mild. Regional production has begun in the Northeast which has countered any reduction in acres on the West coast.
Celery
Steady supplies of celery are available out of both Santa Maria and Salinas. High freight rates along with areas like Michigan starting harvest has flattened the demand curve out of California. Quality reports in the Santa Maria and Salinas growing districts show overall good quality with very occasional signs of heat damage in the form of pith and some light color stalks.
Artichokes
Production of the Heirloom /Original Green Globe has finished for the Spring season. Supplies of the thornless varieties have begun to increase with mostly a large sizing profile and highly competitive pricing especially on mid sizes.
Cauliflower
It has been a cauliflower roller coaster ride over the last four weeks. Pricing is at the bottom again. Most shippers in both Santa Maria and Salinas are selling in the single digits. Good availability out of both regions. Run your offers by us.
Broccoli
Good supplies available this week out of both Santa Maria and Salinas as crops have turned the corner. For the most part we are finding good green color and tight domes with small beads. Mexican supply is somewhat limited for the next month during the growing regions rainy season. Product out of Mexico will be showing 50-75% hollow stem and yellow bead. Maine has started in a light way.
Brussels Sprouts
Coastal California supplies have improved with a mix of quality and sizing. Production is expected to remain steady as prices have moderated in recent weeks.
Green Onions
Mexico growers continue their reduced Summer acres which offset increasingly Hot temperatures in Mexico and local Eastern production this time of year. We expect the market to remain steady on moderate supplies and smaller sizing.
Strawberries
Cooler temperatures continue to slow fruit growth. Good demand is still in place for limited amounts of fruit. Look for this trend to stay in place until the second week of August when new crop Santa Maria fruit is expected to begin to produce
Raspberries
Similar to blackberries, raspberries are in very short supply and look for this trend to continue through next week. At that point we are expecting increasing volume week over week into September when the Mexican deal begins.
Blueberries
Multiple growing and better yields are serving to lower the market range and look for the market to stay flat through this week. The British Columbia region continues to come on slowly due to colder weather and intermittent rains.
Blackberries
Supplies will begin to ramp up week over week as the late season varieties are coming into peak production. We expect peak production by the 3rd week of August.
Stone Fruit
Peaches are available in the central valley of California and more large sizing available this week. Quality is good overall , although there have been some reports of soft fruit, a result of constant high temperatures in growing regions. Nectarines are heavier on the small sizes, and shippers are looking to move volume orders. Quality has been holding up overall with very few problems to report. Plums are peaking on the large sizes and deals are being made on red and blacks, especially on 60-70ct. Apricots are extremely tight and markets are getting active. All sizes have been light in volume and expected to continue through next week.
Grapes
Plenty of red seedless available in the California central valley and shippers are looking to move product. Many growers are coming on strong with product this week. We expect volumes on reds to continue building over the next few weeks. Quality is very nice on reds and product is holding up well at the store level. Green seedless are lighter in volume this week and expected to remain on the lighter side for the next two weeks. Quality is very nice with good sugar and strong fruit.
Citrus
Oranges – Valencias are in full swing in the California central valley. Production is beginning to catch up with demand, although product is still tight overall. USDA orders continue to consume much of the available inventory. Offshore navels have been slow to get started and still a few weeks out from any significant volume. Overall quality has been ok , although some issues have been reported as result of high heat in the central valley.
Lemons – Demand has slowed this week as more virus concerns creep back in and many restaurants close across the country. Mexican lemons have started to arrive, which is also easing demand. Offshore lemons have started to arrive on the west coast, which will also help ease demand and settle pricing in the coming weeks. Quality has been good on domestic, as well as import fruit.
Limes – This market is strengthening quickly. Heavy rains and high humidity in Mexico have resulted in issues and creating a shortage in supplies. As rains continue through the month of August, we will see short supplies and stronger markets. Expect markets to continue to rise in the coming weeks.
Cantaloupe
Supplies were running steady to slightly increased overall this week, but with robust retail promotions in place, they felt on the tight side for spot market availability. Sizes ran early in the week heavy to 9s and jbo 9s, but were starting to trend smaller as we approached mid week. Quality is good and market seems firm with some discounting on 12 count and a few jbo 9s count. Next week supplies should be picking up again, or at least available supplies as promotions are less robust. Production should be about the same overall with a few shippers that had good supplies this week will be lighter and vice versa. Sizes should swing back to mostly 9s and jbo 9s. We Look for a steady to slightly lower market next week.
Honeydew
Dews were also steady this week. Supplies remained ample and still skewing toward 5 and jbo 5s count with ample 6s count and few 8s. Quality was running quite good. Demand lacked the promotional support than cantaloupes enjoyed and the market was basically unchanged all week. Next week looks to be unchanged as well, with ample supplies of 5s and 6s. August is a good promotional month for dews which could improve demand somewhat, but no dramatic price changes are expected.
Mix Melons
A few suppliers have varied availability of varieties and sizes. Overall supplies are adequate and demand seems to be mostly matching up with them. Market is steady and appears to be staying so next week.
Dry Onions
Mexico has white onions and mixer quantities…California is going strong with long day varieties showing mostly good arrivals and occasionally bad. Idaho/Oregon have also started with light skinning, as have a few Washington Shippers. The market is holding strong in the $8-$9 range.
Asaparagus
Asparagus will start to show some tightness next week and remain tight all the way through August & most of Step, price is Going up, there are still a few deals around right now but shipment should start to subside next week. We expect to see higher prices in Mid-August. We expect volume to really start to pick up by the end of September with good promotable volume October through November all the way through Thanksgiving. December Looks like it’s going to be good all the way to Christmas.
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli    The market has firmed on lighter supplies due to Summer reduction in planted acres. Quality remains mostly good but growers will battle insect pressure throughout the summer. As long as the weather remains mild we can expect steady supplies and pricing.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Availability and pricing appear to be mostly steady with Local Homegrown production adding to overall supplies.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and Demand continues to spike as carrots offer a great grab and go option as well as being a staple commodity in the USDA Farm to Family Food Program. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage.
Potato and Onions  Markets continue to be strong as well as demand for retail packs. The USDA Food Box Program continues to be the driving force. Foodservice demand has improved but continues to lag behind norms. High temperatures have impacted quality and will likely lead to a premature end to the California potato crop with transition to the Northwest expected to be delayed. We expect shortages and advancing prices through August.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for Romaine remains strong especially Hearts with lighter supplies due to reduced acres and increased insect pressure . Green, Red and Romaine show signs of improving quality as temperatures remain mostly mild . Quality should see weekly improvements as local Homegrown production is advancing in the east.
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Demand continues to be strong throughout the Citrus category due to retail sales and Food Box programs . California lemon crop has finished up as supplies from Mexico have been slow to improve with an overall small sizing profile. Pricing continues to be strong. All retail sizes are in high demand.  Many shippers have shifted production towards bags on All Citrus. Lime quality remains inconsistent and Hot weather followed by rain has significantly impacted harvest. Expect severe shortage through mid August possibly longer.  Valencias sizing profile has been leaning toward the smaller sizes which has benefitted from increased demand for bags at retail
OG Avocado
Mexico:  Production remains steady with good demand
California: California harvest continues to be steady as well with good demand and excellent quality with slightly higher oil content.
OG Grapes
California:   Central Valley production remains strong with good demand. We expect excellent flavor, quality and size to last through the Summer with promotional volume available. Some Mexican product continues to be available with significantly reduced quality.
OG Melons
California:   Cantaloupes and Honeydew production has been limited with strong demand. Watermelon production also continues to vary with growers hampered by high temperatures especially the mini Watermelon varieties. Demand remains strong for both.