4/1/20

Due to the Pandemic , We are seeing customers and growers adjusting to daily changes in buying routines. Many growers are abandoning remaining acres in the desert for new Northern California production areas . Quality should see improvements as most growers are harvesting to order. Overall supplies will exceed demand for the next month as we ride out our current crisis. We are fortunate as Produce remains an essential part of our daily life.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine  See above .
Green leaf , Red leaf and Boston  see above
Celery
Celery supplies look to remain unchanged going into next week and there should not be much change in pricing. Celery production out of the Imperial Valley and Yuma, AZ is all but finished. There will continue to be some light supplies imported from Mexico over the next two weeks. The major production areas are now Oxnard and Santa Maria, CA. Current quality-related issues include the occasional pith and some light-colored stalks.
Artichokes
Heavy production continues with strong demand at retail especially as artichoke quality improves . Prices have remained competitive and offer good value. The superior edible Heirloom variety is currently available from multiple growers . Take advantage while supplies last .
Cauliflower
Demand continues to remain good for cauliflower. It sounds like we are going to see a supply gap starting as early as Monday of next week. We are already seeing a slight increase in FOB’s both in Santa Maria and Salinas,Ca where most of the harvest has transitioned to  Overall quality has been nice, with clean white domes and nice green jackets, there is the occasional soft shoulder.
Broccoli
Pricing and supplies will remain unchanged for the remainder of this week.  Speaking with a few large growers, they are forecasting a supply gap starting the week of April 13th if not sooner in both Santa Maria and Salinas,Ca. This will be something to keep an eye on. Most product will now be shipping out of Santa Maria and Salinas,CA with some light supplies continuing out of the Desert growing regions through next week. Overall quality out of Santa Maria and Salinas has been fair, the late spring rains we have been receiving in both these areas will cause some light water spotting on the domes We have finished up our Shui Ling Crown program out of Mexico for the season, thanks for all your support.
Brussels Sprouts
Mexico production is peaking and Sprouts will be in high demand for Easter promotions as Brussels Sprouts offer a hearty , stable option.
Green Onions
Mexico production has remained steady but will again slow down in a couple weeks as labor force usually takes the Holy week off , disrupting supply flow.
Strawberries
We have several growing regions in play at the moment.
Some are finishing and others are just starting. Florida is finishing
up and considered done with production. Mexico is phasing out with
little fruit remaining out of McAllen. Quality on the last of the
Mexican fruit is fair, Oxnard continues to have regular production
and numbers are climbing. Santa Maria is gradually picking up pace,
but still limited. Salinas / Watsonville has not yet started, but we
expect the first harvest to get going by the weekend and slowly build
momentum. Most of the fruit is coming out of the Oxnard area and that
is where our main FOB point is at this time. We did see some light
rain over the last 2 weeks. This will have some residual effect on
quality this week. We can expect to see soft spots and occasional
bruising. However, the weather is expected to be clear for several
days, so quality should improve and production should increase. Retail
demand is still very strong, so many shippers are holding market
prices firm. However, with temps reaching in the low 70’s, we may see
a wave of product come on. If so, we may see some more aggressive
prices going into the weekend and into the front part of next week.
Raspberries
The market will be steady to weaker into next week.. We
have several areas in production. Mexico continues with good
production, Baja is increasing production and California fruit is
ramping up. Quality is strong and demand is steady. Due to the
increased production, we are seeing a decrease in market price with
some aggressive deals being offered on volume. We expect supplies to
remain strong through next week.
Blueberries
Supplies are increasing as new regions are starting up,
but market prices have remained firm this week. The import season is
winding down with limited availability of Chilean and Peruvian fruit
left in the market. However, domestic production is ramping up with
new harvest in Florida and Georgia. The weather has been ideal in
these growing regions and we expect to see increased production for
the next 4 weeks. California has been slow to start due to cooler
weather, but with the warmer temps expected this week, we may see some
incremental increases in harvest. Mexico is also expected to pick up
production over the next several weeks. Although the drastic increases
have yet to fully impact the supply flow, we do expect things to
improve consistently as we move forward. We expect markets to remain
steady this week and possibly see some more aggressive prices later in
the month (barring any weather events).
Blackberries
Supplies remain limited but steady. We have both
Mexican and California fruit available. California harvest is slow due
to the cooler weather, but we should see improvements with the warmer
temps over the next several days. Retail demand is still very strong
and it’s keeping the market prices firm. Quality is good and we expect
to see improvements in supply and better prices as we move forward.
Stone Fruit
Supplies are limited as the offshore season comes to a close. White flesh peaches and nectarines are finished for the season. Yellow peaches and nectarines are lighter in volume, and limited to only a few sizes. This season will likely finish for the season as early as next week. Red and black plums are limited volumes for the rest of the month. Domestic production of stone fruit will not begin until the end of this month.
Grapes
Red — Demand has slowed this week and plenty of volume available. Shippers are looking to move inventory. Quality is holding up very nicely. Markets should remain fairly steady through the month of April and then gaps in supply as we switch to domestic product.
Green — Limited supply this week on greens. Quality is beginning to show some age as we tap into storage fruit. We expect supply shortages throughout the month of April and markets will remain active.
Citrus
Oranges — Demand has been up and down over the past few weeks as a flurries of buyers cleaned out supplies, followed by very little business. It is no secret that demand has been down significantly as a result of school and restaurant closures. Demand is again on the upswing as the CDC is requiring more consumption of vitamin C rich foods to combat the virus. Large sizes are in higher demand as small sizing is often used for food service. Quality is very nice and good sugar levels industry wide.
Lemons — California is the main growing area as desert production has completely finished. Demand has slowed on larger sizes and pricing has decreased this week. Small sizes are in more demand, creating an uptick in pricing as a result of more bagged product.
Limes — Better volumes this week as more product is coming out of Mexico. Demand has decreased substantially. Good supplies on large sizes and shippers are looking to move inventory. Be aware of old fruit, as product is being stored for longer periods of time.
Onions
Jumbo Yellow onions from Washington and Northwest continue to be available…as these are primarily for food service customers, the movement has been slow to moderate..Mediums and pre-pak yellows are inbox demand and are the one generally used by chains for 3 lb bags etc. Reds are another food service item but as pizza stores remain open for carry out the business is off but supply is plentiful.
Texas 1015’s are selling at a good clip and seems be holding in the high teens to low $20’s
Asparagus
Ahem. What a cluster —— This has been the worst season, price wise, in history. The amount of acres and the yield is unprecedented…and it’s only going to get more plentiful as we go forward.As the Mexican deal winds down we will see the California deal begin…it will have a small window before Washington state, Michigan,even Indiana has a deal that will be starting soon. As far as prices are concerned we will be seeing mid to high teens on 28# and California in high 30’s and
Cantaloupe
Another week of dull demand, with increasing volume led to a market lower pricing. There was a two tier market with fair quality selling for about $3.00 less than best quality. Sizes ran large, peaking on jbo and regular 9s with some 12s and few smaller. Melons are facing the same COVID19 challenges that entire economy is up against. This time of year food service is the main source of demand with retail lagging seasonally. Also it is not a stock up item as due to the perishable nature of melons. Supply has been somewhat hampered by virus related delays in unloading and clearing at various Pos. Little looks to change next week, as production looks steady and COVID19 restrictions will still be force.
Honeydew
Could cut and paste the cantaloupe outlook for honeydews. The economic shutdown is the overarching factor keeping honeydew demand down. Supplies would be ample in normal demand times with offshore and Mexican product both available. Sizes off shore are running quite large peaking on jbo and reg 5s with some 6s and virtually none smaller. Mexico continues to peak on regular 5s and 6s, although under current market conditions they are curtailing harvest. Once again we see more of the same for next week.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Production has mostly transitioned to the Northern part of the state and supplies remain limited with mostly cool temperatures. Additionally retail demand has pushed prices significantly higher although they appear to have peaked.  Quality remains nice and demand remains strong
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
 See Above as retail demand spikes .
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and Demand is spiking as Retailers are stocking shelves with hearty , sustainable commodities. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage.
Potato and Onions  Supplies shortages are expected with spiking retail demand .
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for Romaine Hearts initially spiked but has since settled. Hearts remains a solid retail value while Green , Red Romaine have struggled with increased mildew pressure. Quality should see weekly improvements
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Production continues to be strong although demand continues to outpace current supplies as customers continue to look for healthy food choices.
OG Grapes
California:   Mexican product has started to arrive with much improved quality .
OG Asparagus
Mexico:  Production continues to surge even with some weather delays. Like most retail commodities , Demand surged and since retreated bringing back competitive pricing. Take advantage now to cover your Easter promotions.

3/19/20

Lettuce
Hope this Newsletter finds everyone safe and healthy . Multiple factors have been influencing the produce markets as well as our daily lives. Weather initially started the tightening of supplies as a forecast for showers turned into significant rain storms last week as showers continue to interrupt harvest as well as the unprecedented response to the COVID-19 virus. Everyone has seen the stories as consumers barrage the retail stores creating hysteria while leaving the Foodservice sector deserted. Combined these factors are leading to binge buying in the produce aisles as Growers and Shippers try to keep up with the overall demand. Weather and plausible government restrictions continue to weigh on the industry. This is leading to significant spike in prices across all commodities especially retail packaged items including Cello Lettuce .  Keep in mind quality remains fair during and after rains which will lead to increased mildew pressure and red ribs. Transition to Northern California production areas will commence this week although weather will impact supplies there as well. There shouldn’t be any shortages for normal demand but NOTHING is normal currently.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine  See above .
Green leaf , Red leaf and Boston  see above
Celery
Demand has picked up over the last few days and prices are reflecting that. An increase in demand from the retail side and the fact that the Desert growing regions of the Imperial Valley and Yuma are finishing up with lighter supplies has helped jump start this market. Expect prices to remain at current levels for the remainder of this month until Santa Maria and Oxnard,CA increase their harvest.
Artichokes
Heavy production continues with strong demand at retail especially as artichoke quality improves and retailers reach for items to fill their shelves .
Cauliflower
Demand is steadily keeping in step with daily harvest estimates. Like broccoli we are currently in a supply gap in the desert growing regions. Prices will continue to trade at current levels into the middle of next week. Overall quality has been nice, with clean white domes and nice green jackets. There are a few shippers out of the Salinas Valley that have started harvest and their harvest estimates should start to increase early next week.
Broccoli
The market has picked up this week due to a supply gap in California and Arizona along with lighter volume being imported from Mexico. Look for prices to remain at the current trading levels for the remainder of the week.  A few Salinas shippers have started harvest with volume expected to pick up next week. We continue to ship our Shui Ling Crowns out of Mexico loading in Pharr, TX. Quality has been very nice and we appreciate the business you have given us. Our volume will be lighter out of Mexico as we finish out the season over the next 2 weeks.
Brussels Sprouts
Mexico production is peaking and Sprouts will be in high demand for Easter promotions. Current retail frenzy as Brussels Sprouts offer a hearty , storable option.  Pricing has spiked with strong demand expected to continue especially on retail packs.
Green Onions
Mexico production slowed as a result of weather over the Monday holiday, but should rebound quickly with strong retail demand expected to push prices significantly higher.
Strawberries
Light supplies in all areas. The Santa Maria and Oxnard areas are experiencing intermittent rain events and much cooler than normal weather, which is lowering yields and affecting quality. We expect to remain light through the end of this week and into the next as shippers work through rain issues. Look for the market to remain firm. Mexico is also experiencing cooler weather accompanied by rain. Foodservice business sector is down as a result of several corona virus-related closures to schools, hospitals, airlines, and other related markets. This is more than being offset with the recent retail surge phenomena also related to the national virus pandemic. Florida is still producing decent numbers of berries, although we expect this season to end any day now due to increasing heat in the area.
Raspberries
With the extra demand for fruit raspberries remain tight. Oxnard has some fresh arrivals all week from Mexico. We will be in our peak volumes over the next couple of weeks which should help quench increased demand. Quality has been good out of Central Mexico. Markets will remain firm through next week.
Blueberries
The Blues continue to be lighter in numbers coming out of Central Mexico, Georgia, and Florida. Production is expected to increase but is being offset by heavy demand. Chilean imports are still arriving sporadically on both east and west coast ports. Quality on fresh product has been good. Prices will remain strong into next week.
Blackberries
Blackberries will be scare into next week. Quality has been good out of Central Mexico and Santa Maria. Look for markets to remain firm into next week while this item enjoys heavy retail demand.
Stone Fruit
The import stone fruit season is slowing down and supplies are diminishing quickly. White peaches and nectarines are finished for the season. Yellow peaches and nectarines are lighter in volume, especially on smaller sizes. Red and black plums are also lighter in volume this week and volumes will continue to decrease over the next two weeks. Offshore yellow nectarines and peaches will finish by the end of this month, and plums will finish soon after. Domestic production is not expected to begin until late April , so we will certainly experience supply gaps next month on most stone fruit.
Grapes
Red — We are nearing the end of the import season on grapes. We expect storage fruit to last into the middle part of April. Quality has been very nice, although be aware of arrival dates and how long the product has been in storage. Supplies should easily carry into the Mexican growing season, although early reports of Mexican fruit have been lighter volumes, so we expect higher pricing during transition.
Green — Supplies are lighter this week on green grapes. Much of the product is going directly into storage, anticipating supply gaps over the coming weeks. Mexican production will start out in light numbers, and gradually increase over the latter half of April. Quality has been strong overall, although more quality issues are expected the longer the product remains in storage.
Citrus
Oranges — Stronger markets expected in the coming weeks as demand increases on oranges. High retail demand this week as more people look to stay healthy with vitamin C rich items. Rain in the central valley has slowed production, and labor shortages are creating some supply gaps. We expect markets to continue trending upwards at this point.
Lemons — Higher demand this week and diminishing supplies are strengthening markets. Like, oranges, we are seeing more consumers gravitate towards vitamin C rich products as they stock up on food supplies. Current rains and labor shortages have also hampered production. Small sizes are cleaning up, resulting in higher pricing. Quality has been holding strong for now, although we could see some issues in the coming weeks if the rains continue.
Limes — Tighter supplies this week, especially on smaller sizes. Rain in growing regions, as well as slower border crossings have contributed in lighter volumes. We expect this market to continue strengthening through the rest of the month. Quality remains very nice.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower and Broccoli    Production has begun to transition to the Northern part of the state and supplies have been limited . Additionally retail demand has pushed prices significantly higher with no signs of easing.  Quality remains nice and demand is off the charts
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
See Above as retail demand spikes .
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady and Demand is spiking as Retailers are stocking shelves with hearty , sustainable commodities. Continue to plan even further ahead to get partial coverage.
Potato and Onions  Supplies shortages are expected with spiking retail demand .
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Demand for Romaine Hearts is spiking rapidly as retailers search for sustainable items to fill shelves.
OG Citrus
Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Production continues to be strong although demand continues to outpace current supplies as retailers look to stock shelves. Expect an early end to the season as Growers push production to meet unexpected and robust demand.
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley of California harvest have finished with some storage fruit available.  Offshore fruit is available on either coast.
OG Asparagus
Mexico:  Production continues to surge even with some holiday and weather delays. Expect demand to completely flip and the market to spike significantly higher as ( say it with me) Retail demand surges especially with strong traditional Easter promotions on deck.
California: Coastal California harvest has begun although low pricing on Mexican product has lead to a delay in volume. Expect significantly tiered pricing vs product of Mexico especially as quality diminishes at the end of the month but in the meantime take advantage of promotional supplies.

3/4/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
Strong production and improving quality has led to slightly improved demand although prices remain flat. Growers are still dealing with some weather related quality issues such as epidermal peel, mildew and bottom rot but overall sizing, color and texture have all improved. Possible showers forecast for early next week could hamper quality but Warm weather is expected for the duration of the desert growing season.
Leaf Lettuce
Romaine  market continues to be depressed.  Quality is improving with continued ranging degrees of epidermal peel. Some growers continue to skip over acreage to ensure the best quality.
Green leaf , Red leaf and Boston  are seeing similar quality with some districts offering much more consistent improvements .  Overall demand has been slow and markets remain flat with some tiered prices reflecting varied quality.
Celery
Celery supplies are expected to remain plentiful over the next few weeks and overall quality is reported as excellent. We are approaching the transition period for this commodity as most growers are expected to move operations at the end of March north from Yuma and the Imperial Valley up to the Oxnard growing region. Toward the end of the season in the desert growing regions as temperatures rise, it is not uncommon to see more pith near the base of the stalks. Current quality-related issues include insect damage, occasional pith and some light-colored stalks. The extended forecast calls for more ideal growing conditions with no major frost or rain expected over the next 10 days. The primary shipping points for celery off the west coast are Brawley, Yuma, Oxnard and Santa Maria.
Artichokes
Heavy production continues with strong demand for “clean, frost free” Artichokes although Northern California has been hampered by another round of frost Southern California and Mexico has shown improved quality recently. Check with your Produce West rep to find the best area to load “clean” Artichokes. The superior edible Heirloom variety will be available in limited supplies from Northern California later this month.
Cauliflower
Demand is steady keeping in step with daily harvest estimates. Prices will continue to trade at current levels into the middle of next week. There is a two tiered market with Santa Maria quoting in the mid teens and product out of the Desert being quoted in the high teens. Overall quality has been nice, with clean white domes and nice green jackets.
Broccoli
The market continues to drag out of California and Arizona. Take note that there is an increased interest with the product coming out of Central Mexico as supplies have waned. Prices loading out of the Texas Valley have increased slightly as growers have either sent more of their product to local freezers or decided to supply the National market instead of exporting to the USA. This may cause an uptick in California prices, something to keep an eye on. A few Salinas shippers will start harvest tomorrow or Friday . We continue to ship our Shui Ling Crowns out of Mexico loading in Pharr, TX. Quality has been very nice and we appreciate the business you have given us. Our volume will be lighter out of Mexico as we finish out the season over the next 4 weeks.
Brussels Sprouts
Mexico production is increasing daily. Pricing continues to be aggressive especially for volume . Demand is expected to catch up to production as Easter promotions kick in.  We expect supplies to be strong heading into the spring with excellent promotional opportunities.
Green Onions
Mexico production has leveled off after a recent surge and pricing appears to have settled at current levels with well rounded sizing profile. Quality should be peaking before hot until temperatures increase insect pressure next month.
Strawberries
The market is stronger in Santa Maria and Oxnard California areas, Texas, and Florida. Oxnard. Santa Maria currently has the higher quality fruit right now, as Mexico and Florida deal with sporadic rain and plants nearing the end of their growth cycles. Look for the market to remain firm through the end of the week. Quality issues related to wet weather have been reported primarily out of the Mexico, Baja, and Florida regions. California’s quality has been good.
Raspberries
Supplies remain tight although numbers are slightly improving out of Mexico into next week. Product is available on both coasts and FOB McAllen, TX. Look for the market to decline slightly as numbers begin to build out of Mexico. Quality has been generally good with the occasional age issues occurring upon arrival.
Blueberries
Expect to see low volume to continue out of Santa Maria for the next 2 months. Mexico should begin to increase volume moving into next week. Growers are still anticipating lighter supplies this month up until the week of the 22nd. Imports are also very light as both Chilean and Peruvian production arrivals are sporadic and on the decline. Look for this market to remain firm through the end of next week.
Blackberries
Supplies will increase over the next few weeks. Quality has been fair coming out of Mexico and to a lighter extent Oxnard and Santa Maria. Look for this market to remain steady with lower price trends moving into the weekend.
Stone Fruit
Better supplies this week on large sized peaches and nectarines. Most of the volume is in tray pack, with limited supplies of volume fill. White peaches are lighter in volume , resulting in stronger markets. Lighter supplies on red and black plums, but most sizes are still available. Good quality on all stone fruit. Product is strong and very few issues to report.
Grapes
Red Grapes- Good supplies on red grapes this week and shippers are looking to move product. Supplies will remain consistently strong for the remainder of the month. Quality is starting to show some age as more inventories build up. Be sure you know what you are getting. There is better quality expected in the coming week as more boats arrive. Product is still available on both coasts.
Green Grapes – Good supplies currently available on both coasts. We expect supplies to drop off substantially over the next couple of weeks. Markets will begin to creep up as shippers anticipate lighter volumes. Some grapes are going into storage to prepare for the inevitable supply gaps, and we will likely begin to see some quality issues on the storage fruit.
Citrus
Oranges- Good supplies this week on most sizes. Quality is very nice with very few issues to report. Sizing is peaking on 72ct and 88ct. 138ct are less available and markets are stronger an smaller sized fruit. Brix levels have been good and overall weather continues to be optimal for growing.
Lemons – Supplies are improving this week on large sizes. There have been shorter supplies of small sized fruit. most sizes are peaking on 115 and 140ct. Desert supplies will be winding down over the next 2 weeks. Weather has been optimal for growing and we expect good quality to continue over the next few weeks.
Limes – mostly large sizes currently available. Better supplies of small sizes are expected to be available in the coming weeks, although rain has been delaying harvests and volumes are shrinking daily. Stronger markets this week on product crossing into Texas. This trend will continue for the remainder of the month.
Cantaloupes
We could simply cut and paste the past few weeks of reports and they would be accurate. Good growing conditions in the Caribbean basin and Central America will continue for the next week. Supplies look to flow unabated through the week into POEs. Sizes will continue to peak on 9s and jbo 9s with ample 12s and 15s. Quality will continue to be good and volume will continue to be dominated by two big vendors. At the same time demand has been tepid at best and there appears to be no promotions on the horizon. We look for another dull and steady market with discounts available through next week
Honeydews
Same cut and paste routine could be done on honeydews. The above mentioned growing conditions for cantaloupes will exist for dews as well. Mexico will be mild as well and continue to produce . Peak sizes are 5s and 6s with jbo 5s and some 8s available as well. Quality remains variable with some good lots and others showing scarring. This does not look to change as well. Like with cantaloupes, we expect honeydews to remain dull and steady to lower next week with discounts readily available.
Onions
Dry onions remain steady and in some cases, depending on the size, some pretty cheap deals are around. Generally speaking jumbo yellows are in the $5-$7 range and reds are in the $4-$6 range. There are starting to have good supplies crossing from Mexico and the pricing is in the $7-$8 range Depending on who you talk to…whites are around $12 with decent supplies.
Asparagus
Asparagus. Hopefully some 99 cent retails will start some demand for Mexican Asparagus, because at this point people don’t seem to be too interested in buying any volume. Supply is enormous and I’m sure there are consignments available. The Ad pricing, well into March, are in the $16- $18 range.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower – Production continues from the desert with transition to Central Valley expected over the next couple weeks. Quality has been nice and demand continues to match supplies.
Broccoli – Production continues to be strong and prices have remained flat although demand continues to be solid with many promotional opportunities. We do expect prices to firm with current demand levels. Quality has been very nice as we enter the final leg of the desert growing season.  We expect a smooth transition to Northern California production areas over the next month.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Most Herbs and Bunching Green production will continue to improve with most of the items originating from Mexico . The full range of commodities should be an excellent category to promote through the end of the month
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot- Production has been steady . Demand has been very strong. Temperatures are expected to warm and slowly improve supplies. Continue to plan ahead to get full coverage. Bunch Carrot Quality has improved although the tops are still showing signs of previous frost damage.
Potato- Supplies continue to come mainly from storage on the west coast. We expect new production by late spring.
Onion- demand remains good with plentiful supplies remaining in storage. Quality is starting to show the effects of over wintering. Expect supplies to lighten by the end of March and the market to escalate before new crop arrivals late Spring.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Increased supply is expected as quality begins to improve. Most lettuce will continue to show some epidermal peel and discoloration although romaine hearts have improved the most with the ability to trim excess blister in the field. All growers are quoting product with these defects .
OG Citrus
Lemons: The market remains steady with good demand for domestic product as production continues to transition back to the coast and Central Valley. Quality remains smaller profile but a high percentage of fancy grade.
Oranges Navels production has peaked with excellent sizing and sugar profile. Optimum growing conditions has resulted in mostly larger sizes limiting smaller fruit.  Expect tiered pricing on smaller fruit. Strong supplies of mandarins continue to available with Cara’s and Bloods peaking and Golden Nuggets becoming available as well.
Limes:   The market has begun to edge higher on reduced supplies . Expect prices to continue on an upward trend. Quality is improving but remains inconsistent
Grapefruit:  Production is slowly transitioning back to the West Coast with supplies still coming from Texas and Mexico.
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley of California harvest have finished with some storage fruit available.  Offshore fruit is available on either coast.
OG Asparagus
Mexico:  Production has surged as the weather has improved and Export demand has fallen off significantly. Take advantage of strong promotional supplies between now and Easter.
California: Coastal California harvest has begun although low pricing on Mexican product has lead to a delay in volume. Expect significantly tiered pricing vs product of Mexico especially as quality diminishes at the end of the month but in the meantime take advantage of promotional supplies.
OG Avocados
Mexico:  Production has slowed and sizing appears to be leaning towards smaller profile which will allow growers to continue to pace their harvest although demand is improving, which should lead to better supplies as prices firm.
California: Good Demand continues to push prices higher as growers have slowed harvest to improve sizing and quality. We still expect this year’s crop barring any significant weather issues to be substantially larger than previous years with excellent promotional opportunities.

2/5/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
Last weeks warming trend helped push product forward and this week temperatures have moderated including a return of frost in most Southern Desert and Mexico production areas. Through all this demand remains mild. Markets have stabilized at current levels and could escalate with improved demand. Quality has tried to improve but weights, size and color remain varied as shippers continue to deal with widespread Epidermal Peel and increasing degrees of isolated verticillium wilt which manifests itself as reduced yields. If prevalent, supplies will become limited and prices will rise sharply.
Mix Leaf
 Romaine production also surged with warming temperatures although demand remains mild resulting in aggressive pricing options.  Quality has shown signs of improvement although epidermal peel and discoloration remain evident in varying degrees among shippers . Most Shippers are still quoting product with Epidermal peel and discoloration.
Green leaf , Red leaf and Boston  are seeing similar quality although they tend to grow through these issues quicker. Overall demand has been  slowed and markets have eased although still elevated above Romaine. Expect tiered quality and pricing to become more prevalent .
Brussels Sprouts
California has mostly finished for the season and Mexico is ramping up supplies quickly. Quality will benefit from cooler temperatures and will allow for promotional volume.
Celery
Slightly lighter supplies out of  Mexico. Offshore fruit is becoming scarce at the same time. Peru and Chilean offerings are somewhat sporadic keeping markets firmer. Look for this trend to continue through the weekend. Quality has been good out of Mexico with Peruvian product showing a little weakness in shelf life
Artichokes
Production has surged after a delayed start in the Desert. This week’s cooling will help preserve quality if they can avoid any extended frost damage. We anticipate promotional volume for the next couple weeks on all sizes especially the Largest sizes. The superior edible Heirloom variety will be available in from Northern California later this month.
Cauliflower
Supplies will be somewhat limited as the week finishes out due to the cold temperatures. Prices will not fall below current levels and we could see a slight uptick as we finish out the week. Quality from all growing regions is good, mostly full white domes, nice green jackets. We are seeing some soft shoulder on product loading in the Santa Maria area but this is isolated to mostly 9 size.
Broccoli
Abundant supplies are available from all growing regions in California, Arizona and Mexico. We expect to have heavy production over the next 7 days. We are packing excellent quality shortcut crowns in our Shui Ling label and are currently shipping out of Pharr, TX. Get with your Produce West sales representative for pricing and availability.
Green Onions
Mexico has finally resumed full production after its annual New Years hibernation. Expect pricing to stabilize at promotional levels by the end of the week. Quality has been improving and should strengthen through February barring any significant heat spells which impacts insect pressure .
Strawberries
The market is experiencing a demand exceeds supply situation, as shippers struggle with cooler temperatures out west in the midst of a heavy Valentine’s day loading period. Mexico and Florida are producing steady numbers but not enough to keep demand in check. Stem berries are being offered up in moderation out of all areas. Demand is heaviest in California as the traditional quality is superior at this time. Expect the market to remain firm through next week.
Raspberries
Volume will continue to lighten up due to lighter numbers coming out of Mexico causing lack of transfer product to the West and East coasts. Quality has been good. Look for slightly higher pricing moving into the end of the week.
Blueberries
Slightly lighter supplies out of  Mexico. Offshore fruit is becoming scarce at the same time. Peru and Chilean offerings are somewhat sporadic keeping markets firmer. Look for this trend to continue through the weekend. Quality has been good out of Mexico with Peruvian product showing a little weakness in shelf life.
Blackberries
Moderately good supplies will continue coming out of Mexico. Quality has been good with the occasional red cell still present in some lots. Look for the market to remain steady with higher undertones.
Stone Fruit
Pricing is beginning to ease up as supplies increase this week. Yellow and white nectarines are ramping up in supply and more sizes options are available. Great quality and very strong fruit is being reported. Product is holding up nicely well beyond the store level. With more arrivals scheduled in the coming days, shippers are starting to promote and deals are being made.
Grapes
Red – Better supplies expected for the coming weeks. Shippers are beginning to ease up on pricing in anticipation of heavier supplies going forward. Quality on Chilean and Peruvian fruit has been very strong with very few issues to report on arrival.
Green – Supplies on greens are increasing weekly as more fruit arrives to port. We are nearing peak production season which should last for the remainder of the month. Quality is very nice with little or no issues to report.
Citrus
Oranges – Small sizes remain tight this week. There is some relief in sight, however, as more smalls are expected to be harvested over the weekend. Good sugar levels industry wide and very few serious quality issues to report other than the occasional snowball. Expect steady markets for the remainder of this week and into next.
Lemons – District 1 fruit in California is looking very nice with good supplies on all small sizes. Large sizes are slightly less available, but markets are expected to remain steady as supplies increase into next week. There is still some desert fruit available in storage but quality is declining the longer it sits.
Weather in district 1 remains continues to be very nice for production.
Limes – The market appears to be settling with some deals still available. We expect supplies to begin to tighten in coming weeks. Quality is improving although it remains inconsistent . Expect demand to improve through February.
Cantaloupes
Lighter supplies and more plentiful trucks did not help the market this week. Comatose demand was the story and continues to be the story. This looks to continue next week. Winter storms heading across the country with snow and cold will not exactly inspire any desire for consumers to eat melons. Production will be about the same leading peaking on larger sizes with good quality. That leaves us with not much else to say except, more the same for next week.
Honeydews
Increased supplies from Mexico and offshore combined with numb demand and drove the market weaker this week. Offshore sizes peaked on 5s then Jbo 5s and 6s. Quality was variable. Brix were good. Next week we could see a bit more production from Mexico and off shore, but should remain lethargic at best. We see a steady to lower market next week on honeydews.
Onions
There seems to be downward pressure on all onions as of late. The shippers want business but the overall demand is wobbly and there are deals being buried to keep the packing houses busy. The market was trying to get to the $9.00 range but fell back to $8 with some folks in Washington in the $7 range. Reds too, are experiencing the same fate…deals at $4-$4.50.
Mexico is starting to cross whites in the $16 range and were run over the first two or three days. Rain has hampered some crossings as well.
Asparagus
The volume has a slight stutter step due to some chilly temps in the growing area. Ads are being made throughout the month of February with prices in the low $30’s and a few shippers in the high $20’s. Once these ads start the market will find its footing and “I’m sure we will have a very orderly situation appear” please note the quotes…these is never any order in this business.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower   Production has stabilized with recent cooler overnight temperatures allowing for pricing to firm. Current forecast calls for seasonal weather through February .
Broccoli    Production surged sharply with last weeks spike in temperatures. Although cooler overnight temperatures this week supplies remain abundant. Prices may firm slightly but expect excellent supplies and improved quality as we enter the prime growing season in the desert.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Most Herbs and Bunching Green production will continue to improve with most of the items originating from Mexico . The full range of commodities should be an excellent category to promote.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady . Demand has been very strong. Temperatures are expected to warm and slowly improve supplies. Continue to plan ahead to get full coverage. Bunch carrot quality has improved although the tops are still showing signs of previous frost damage.
Potato Production continues to come mainly from storage on the west Coast. We expect improved supplies by late spring.
Onion demand remains steady along with pricing for mostly storage supplies.  Quality is still good although some shipments have shown signs of age. New crop is expected later this month from Mexico before transitioning to the west coast later this spring.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Increased supply is expected although quality will take a few more weeks to improve. Most lettuce will continue to suffer from epidermal peel and discoloration although Romaine Hearts should be affected the least with the ability to trim excess blister in the field. All growers are quoting product with these defects .
OG Citrus
Lemons: The market remains steady with good demand for domestic product as production continues to be steady. Quality from Arizona deserts remain smaller profile but higher percentage of fancy grade.
Oranges Navels production has begun to peak with improved sizing and excellent sugar levels. Optimum growing conditions has resulted in mostly larger profile limiting smaller fruit.  Expect tiered pricing on smaller fruit. Strong supplies of mandarins and Caras are also available .
Limes:   The market appears to be settling with some deals still available. We expect supplies to begin to tighten in coming weeks. Quality is improving although it remains inconsistent . Expect demand to improve through February.
Grapefruit:  Supplies have transitioned to Texas  and should return to the West Coast in coming weeks
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley of California harvest have finished with some storage fruit available.  Offshore fruit is available on either coast.
OG Avocados
Mexico:  Heavy supplies supported strong demand. Expect production to ease although reduced pricing remains available. We anticipate prices to firm by the end of the month.
California: Production has increased although prices remain relatively strong. We still expect this year’s crop to be substantially larger than previous years with excellent promotional opportunities.

1/29/20

Conventional Items
Lettuce
Warmer temperatures arrived in the desert and production is on the rise while demand remains moderate.  Markets have eased and appear they will settle at current levels for the next couple weeks . Quality continues to vary with wide ranging weight , size and color. Shippers are still quoting product with epidermal peel and discoloration although many have been focused on removing any excess in the field.
Mix Leaf
Romaine  market has also slowed as production begins to improve while demand remains slightly off normal.  Quality will remain varied with twist , pale ribs along with epidermal peel and discoloration all evident . Some growers will skip over acreage with extensive epidermal to minimize arrival issues while others will continue full production which will result in slightly tiered pricing and quality.  Most shippers are still quoting product with Epidermal peel and discoloration.
Green leaf, Red leaf and Boston  are seeing similar quality although they tend to grow through these issues quicker. Overall demand has slowed and markets have eased although still elevated above Romaine. Expect tiered quality and pricing to continue.
Brussels Sprouts
California production is finishing for the season and Mexico is ramping up supplies. Tiered quality and pricing are still available We expect the market to remain strong through early February.
Celery
Supplies of celery are plentiful with most growers looking to promote over the next few weeks. Overall quality is reported as excellent. The weather in both in all growing regions of California has been very mild for this time of year. The extended forecast calls for ideal growing conditions with no major frost or rain expected over the next 10 days. The primary shipping points are Santa Maria, Oxnard and the Desert regions.
Artichokes
Production improves as weather in most production areas has been ideal.  Demand continues to be strong for “clean, frost free” Artichokes although most still have light to moderate frost damage . We anticipate improved quality heading into February. The superior edible Heirloom variety will be available in limited supplies from Northern California only .
Cauliflower
There will be good availability for the remainder of this week and going into next. Prices are beginning to decline and look for further declines as we finish out the week. Quality is good shipping out of the desert districts and is continuing to improve out of the Santa Maria area. Please run your offers by us.
Broccoli
Abundant supplies are available from all growing regions in California, Arizona and Mexico. With perfect weather expected across all growing areas. We expect to have heavy production over the next 10 days. We are packing excellent quality shortcut crowns in our Shui Ling label and are currently shipping out of Pharr, TX. Get with your Produce West sales representative for pricing and availability.
Green Onions
Mexico is ready to resume full production after its’ annual New Years hibernation. Expect pricing to ease sharply heading into February and quality should see improvements as long as insect pressure remains minimal.
Strawberries
Volumes are slowly increasing as a result of moderate climates with slightly warming temperatures, especially on the West Coast. Mexico has just recently experienced cooler weather but their yields are also expected to increase late this week just in time for the big Valentine’s day pull. Florida is coming out of a small planting gap but projections are they will begin to ramp back up towards the end of this week with fair numbers. The Stem Strawberry orders for Valentine’s Day are being booked now out of all areas. Look for markets to remain firm through next week in all areas
Raspberries
Moderate supplies out of Mexico. Quality has been good. Look for the market to remain firm with higher overtones for this week. We may see lower availability next week and at the same increased demand.
Blueberries
Blueberry availability is beginning to taper off for some shippers out of Mexico and demand is shifting to the offshore fruit to cover orders. Peruvian and Chilean product is available in Miami, Philadelphia and in smaller numbers the West Coast. Look for the market to begin to firm up as we see lighter availability overall in the industry. Quality has been good on fresher lots.
Blackberries
Good supplies coming out of Central Mexico loading in Texas FOB or West Coast distribution points in Oxnard, Yuma, and Florida. The market is on an upward swing from last week with lighter harvests being projected. Quality has been good overall although red cell is still present in some lots.
Stone Fruit
Lighter supplies and stronger demand this week as offshore product is being gobbled up the moment it arrives to port. More shipments are expected to arrive in the coming week, which should ease demand and build up inventories on multiple sizes. Quality reports are positive, with strong fruit arriving on both coasts.
Grapes
Red – Light supplies this week, a result of delayed arrivals from South America. Red grapes are in high demand as less product is available on both coasts. We expect better supplies towards the end of next week. We are about 2-3 weeks away from peak production, barring any transportation delays.
Green – Better supplies this week on both coasts. Markets have remained steady as volumes fluctuate. There have been some deals made on greens this week, but expect shortages in the coming days as there will be gaps in arrival of offshore vessels. Quality remains very nice with few or no problems to report.
Citrus
Oranges – small sizes are less available this week. Sizes are peaking on 88 and larger and there is a spread in pricing as a result. We expect markets to climb on smaller sizes as we go into next week. Quality has been good overall, although there have been some isolated reports of snowballs and soft fruit. Brix levels are excellent.
Lemons – better supplies this week as district 1 is in full production. There are still some desert lemons available and shippers are looking to clean up those inventories. Some quality issues are being reported however on storage fruit. Plenty of deals are being made on old and new crop so don’t hesitate to run offers by us.
Limes – Good supplies continue this week. Pricing is settling and shippers are looking to move product. Quality is very nice with good color and condition on most of the product coming in from Mexico.
Cantaloupes
As expected the cantaloupe market has improved. Supplies lightened up a bit Guatemala finishing up and Costa Rica starting but overall volume has been lower. Demand has been sluggish most of the season but with lower prices the past couple of weeks it has improved. Yet pricing has remained flat. Quality overall has been good as has been brix. Sizes have continued to peak on 9 then jbo 9s then 12 with few 15s and jbo 6s. Next week the current trends look to continue. Moderate to light production will continue for another week and demand should stay moderate, but could increase if there is warm spell in the Midwest and East. We look for a steady to slightly higher market next week.
Honeydews
Finally prices have faltered on honeydews. After spending December and good part of January in the upper teens, they have trended lower this past week. Quality continues to be fair. Production continues to be moderate at best, but feels as if the buyers are fed up with high prices, fair quality fruit. Added into the mix are slight increases in Mexican and off shore production and viola, we have a lower market. Next week production looks to be stable from the Caribbean Basin and increased in Mexico, with variable quality and condition. Demand should continue to be tepid at best. We look for a steady to lower market next week with some deep discounting on fair quality or off sized fruit.
Onions
Onions continue to hold steady with Idaho and Oregon trying to get a premium. Demand has slowed as receivers adjust to higher pricing. Storage quantities remain in sync with shipments for the time being. There is still a premium being paid for true Jumbo Yellow onions. Mexico will start to cross in the next few weeks.
Asparagus
Ads for 28/1’s are starting to appear as warm weather asserts itself in Caborca. Volume is gushing and the spot market has adjusted downward. Once all the Peruvian is cleaned up and the ads kick in we should see a stabilized market with promotable volumes.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower   As with most commodities in the desert production and quality is expected to take a step up. Expect prices to ease as temperatures continue to warm. Current forecasts call for ideal weather through mid February.
Broccoli    Production has begun to rebound and prices are reacting. Expect excellent supplies and improved quality as we enter the prime growing season in the desert.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Most Herbs and Bunching Green production will continue to improve with most of the items originating from Mexico . The full range of commodities should be an excellent category to promote.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady . Demand has been very strong. Temperatures are expected to warm and slowly improve supplies. Continue to plan ahead to get full coverage. Bunch carrot quality has improved although the tops are still showing signs of previous frost damage.
Potato Production continues to come mainly from storage on the west coast. We expect improved supplies by late spring.
Onion demand remains good and the market appears to be steady for storage supplies.  Quality is still good although some storage shipments have shown signs of age. New crop is expected in the Spring.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Increased supply is expected although quality will take a few more weeks to improve. Most lettuce will continue to suffer from epidermal peel and discoloration although romaine hearts should be affected the least with the ability to trim excess blister in the field. All growers are quoting product with these defects .
OG Citrus
Lemons: The market remains steady with good demand for domestic product as production continues to be steady. Quality from Arizona deserts remain smaller profile but higher percentage of fancy grade.
Oranges Navels production has begun to peak with improved sizing and excellent sugar levels. Optimum growing conditions has resulted in mostly larger profile limiting smaller fruit.  Expect tiered pricing on smaller fruit. Stronger supplies of mandarins and Caras are also available .
Limes:   The market appears to be settling at current levels with improved labor  supplies although quality is improving it remains inconsistent . Expect demand to improve throughout January.
Grapefruit:  Supplies have transitioned to Texas  and should return to the West Coast in coming weeks
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley of California harvest have finished with some storage fruit available.  Offshore fruit is available on either coast.
OG Avocados
Mexico:  Heavy supplies support strong demand. We anticipate prices to begin to ease as we enter February.
California: Production has increased although prices remain elevated with strong demand. We expect this year’s crop barring any significant weather issues to be substantially larger than previous years with excellent promotional opportunities.

1/22/20

Lettuce
Forecasts finally call for a transition to milder more seasonal overnight temperatures in the desert which will increase soil temperatures and accelerate growth. In anticipation, demand has slowed awaiting lower pricing heading into the weekend. Quality continues to be fair with weak tip, mildew pressure,  Epidermal peel and discoloration all resulting in light weight and varied size. Discounts mainly on off-sizes have been available but will include all packs moving forward. Shippers are still quoting product with Epidermal peel and discoloration although many have been focused on removing any excess in the field.
Mix Leaf
Romaine production will also be increasing which will also accelerate epidermal discoloration. If markets continue to be lukewarm, expect growers to pass fields with excessive blister or possibly transition these acres to Romaine Heart production with the ability to trim heads fully.  Quality will remain varied with twist , pale ribs along with epidermal peel and discoloration all evident . Expect peel and discoloration to be evident for at least 3 weeks . Most shippers are quoting product with epidermal peel and discoloration.
Green leaf , Red leaf and Boston  are seeing similar quality issues although they tend to grow through quicker. Demand has also been much better than Romaine which has allowed markets to remain escalated although expect prices to adjust as availability increases. Tiered quality and pricing will also continue to exist.
Brussels Sprouts
Production from Central California is winding down while Mexico is expected to improve production by the end of the month. Currently supplies are light and prices have peaked.  We expect the market to continue strong for a couple weeks before easing.
Celery
Sufficient supplies available in all growing regions. The most affordable prices are coming out of Santa Maria and Oxnard,CA. Celery quality is good with weights ranging in the mid 50’s.
Artichokes
Production finally has begun to improve and will likely increase sharply with improved weather.  Demand continues to be strong for “clean” Artichokes although most have light to moderate frost damage . We anticipate improved quality heading into February. The superior edible Heirloom variety will be available in limited supplies from Northern California only
Cauliflower
The flower market has firmed as shippers run into lighter supplies. Demand has been good and we expect that to last for the remainder of the week. We should start to see prices flatten out and begin declining next week as warmer weather in the Desert growing regions start to push growth. Quality looks very good especially out of the Imperial Valley and Yuma, AZ districts. Please get with your Produce West sales representative for best quality and price options.
Broccoli
Good availability from all growing districts. Prices out of California and Arizona have gradually been coming down and it will continue to decline as we close out the week. There is a plethora of product shipping out of Mexico into the McAllen, TX valley. We will see supplies start to subside out of Mexico next week as growers go back to their contract pricing as opposed to the lower open market prices being offered. The Eastern growing regions such as Florida and Georgia are pretty much done for the season after the cold snap that occurred earlier this week. Overall quality has been good, inspectors are still finding light water spotting on product coming out of Santa Maria and expect to see more purple color on domes from product out of Arizona and Mexico due to cooler growing temperatures.
Green Onions
Production from Mexico has begun to wake from it’s annual slumber although markets remain escalated we expect slightly increased availability by early next week and better pricing to follow shortly thereafter .
Strawberries
Expect a firm market into next week with heavy retail commitments keeping pricing buoyant. School business is back in high gear adding to the already brisk demand. Quality out of California and Mexico is being reported as very good with the occasional light color and some white shoulder being reported. Shelf life is much improved over previous offerings and movement is good. Florida berries are in a natural planting gap and look to remain lighter in yields for the next 5 to 7 days. Growers in Florida are hoping to be ramped back up just in time for Valentine’s Day pull. Look for the markets in all areas to remain firm through the weekend.
Raspberries
Raspberry crossings out of Mexico are on the decline bringing firmer markets along with fewer numbers. Quality has generally been good on the fresher lots. Some of the older pack dates are arriving with some mold or leaker issues. Look for this market to rise slightly as we move into the weekend.
Blueberries
Good supplies with promotable volumes coming from Mexico, Peru, and Chile. Promotable numbers are going to last through the month of February so there is plenty of time to plan Ad campaigns and in-store promotions. Quality has been good in all countries of origin
Blackberries
Crossings have reduced slightly, thus reducing availability next week. Blackberries are following the same type of availability profile as the raspberries. Quality has been just fair with red cells and leakers present in some lots upon arrival.
Stone Fruit
Stone fruit supplies are improving as more offshore fruit arrives on both coasts. Better volumes this week on peaches, nectarines, and plums. Quality reports have been very positive and are expected to remain strong for now. Markets should ease into the month of February as more product arrives on both coasts.
Grapes
Red – lighter supplies this week on reds, as shipments have yielded fewer reds than anticipated. Demand has been strong, keeping the markets active. Quality is very nice with very few quality issues to report. We will continue to see gaps in supply as shipments have been delayed from Peru this week and next. Most of the current volume is large fruit. We expect better volume toward the end of next week as more fruit is expected to arrive by then.
Green – Better supplies on green this week and markets have eased up slightly as volumes improve. Chilean and Peruvian fruit is available on both coasts and quality has been very strong overall.
Citrus
Oranges – Supplies have tightened up this week, especially on small sizes. Pricing is stronger on small sizes and expected to remain active for at least the next two weeks. Overall quality has been positive with very few issues to report.
Lemons – Steady supplies this week on all sizes. District 1 is producing some very nice fruit. There is still some district 3 product available, but mostly storage product. Weather has been optimal for production and we expect good quality and supplies for the next few weeks.
Limes – Supplies are improving out of Mexico into Texas. Markets have eased up significantly. Quality has been very nice, with good color and condition. Run offers by us.
Cantaloupes
Good supplies available on both costs. Small fruit is in higher demand as most of the volume has been larger sizes. Overall demand has eased up however and markets have settled.Good brix is being reported on recent arrivals. Quality has been very nice with very few issues to report. We expect better volumes on all sizes as more product arrives over the next few weeks.
Honeydews
Lighter supplies this week on honeydews and markets are strong. Delays have created small gaps in supply on both coasts and supplies are having difficulty keeping up with demand. Light numbers have come up from mexico, but supplies are tight industry wide for the next two week. We expect better supplies by the second week of February.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower   Production has been slow in the desert and prices have been firm . Expect improved production as we approach February as the weather warms. Quality has held steady and should continue to be strong as overall temperatures although warmer are still mild.
Broccoli    Supplies are likely to increase rapidly as the desert and Mexico production areas have finally seen soil temperatures rise.   Quality should also see improvements with dry conditions.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Most Herbs and Bunching Green production will improve with much of the bunched items originating from Mexico. Should be an excellent category to promote.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady . Demand has been very strong. Temperatures are expected to warm although root crops typically take longer to react. Continue to plan ahead to get full coverage. Bunch Carrot Quality has improved but recent frost delays may impact tops once again.
Potato Production continues to come mainly from storage on the West Coast. We expect improved supplies by late Spring. .
Onion demand remains good and the market appears to be steady for storage supplies.  Quality is still good although some storage shipments have shown signs of age. New crop is expected in the Spring.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Production is expected to increase although quality will take a few more weeks to improve . Most lettuce will continue to suffer from epidermal peel and discoloration although Romaine Hearts should be affected the least with the ability to trim excess blister. All growers are quoting product with these defects .
OG Citrus
Lemons: The market remains steady with good demand for domestic product as production slowly increases . Quality from Arizona deserts remain smaller profile but higher fancy grade.
Oranges Navels production has begun to peak with improved sizing and excellent sugar levels. Optimum growing conditions has resulted in mostly larger profile limiting smaller fruit.  Expect tiered pricing on smaller fruit. Stronger supplies of mandarins and Caras have also begun to be available .
Limes:   The market appears to be settling at current levels with improved labor  supplies although quality remains inconsistent . Expect demand to improve throughout January.
Grapefruit:  Supplies have transitioned to Texas  and should return to the West Coast in coming weeks
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley of California harvest have finished with some storage fruit available.  Offshore fruit is available on either coast.
OG Avocados
Mexico:  Supplies have been lighter than anticipated and the market has firmed along with Demand. which should only improve as we approach Superbowl promos
California: Production has been limited at elevated prices . This year’s crop barring any significant weather issues should be substantially larger than previous years .

1/15/20

Lettuce
Seasonally cool weather continues to keep soil temperatures below optimal growth conditions ,limiting production. Daytime temperatures have been mild and overnight temperatures are forecast to warm slightly which will eventually lead to improved growing conditions. Quality continues to fair with weak tip, mildew pressure and now increased blister , peel and discoloration all resulting in light weight and varied size. Markets have peaked at current levels and will begin to ease as temperatures warm. Be aware , Shippers are quoting product with Epidermal peel and discoloration.
Mix Leaf
Romaine  production has also slowed while demand seems tepidly improved as the industry regains confidence. Cool nighttime temperatures are keeping soil temps below necessary growth levels and supplies have been manageable. Quality remains varied but mostly fair condition with Mildew, twist, pale ribs along with increased blister, peel and discoloration all evident. Expect peel and discoloration to become even more widespread as the product grows. Most shippers have warned and are quoting product with Epidermal peel and discoloration.
Green leaf , Red leaf and Boston  are seeing similar quality issues although demand has been much better than Romaine with escalated pricing. Tiered quality and pricing also continues to exist.
Brussels Sprouts
Production from Central California is beginning to wind down while Mexico has yet to regain full production. We expect overall lighter supplies but improved quality moving forward. Markets prices will begin to firm until improved temperatures return .
Celery
Sufficient supplies available in all growing regions. The most affordable prices are coming out of Santa Maria and Oxnard,CA. Celery quality is good with occasional light blister & peel on the outer petioles.
Artichokes
Production continues to suffer from a delayed transition along with frost on the limited supplies.  Demand has been strong for “clean” Artichokes although most have light to moderate frost damage . We anticipate improved production heading into February. The superior edible Heirloom variety will return in the Spring.
Cauliflower
Demand exceeds and supplies will be limited for the remainder of this week. The market is trading in the high $20’s and there is still good demand for product. Better volume is expected for the end of next week. Quality is good, there is the occasional yellow cast and some soft shoulder.
Broccoli
Supplies have been limited and prices are currently reflecting this out of all growing districts. The forecast is for lighter supplies for the remainder of this week out of California and Arizona. It feels as though the market has peaked and there is no expectation of prices going any higher. There is better availability out of Mexico shipping from McAllen, TX valley. Prices are as much as $10-$12 cheaper on product of Mexico. The Eastern growing regions such as Florida and Georgia are very limited but they expect better volume by the end of next week. Overall quality has been good, inspectors are still finding water spotting on product coming out of Santa Maria and expect to see more purple color on domes from product out of Arizona and Mexico due to cooler growing temperatures.
Green Onions
 ****Continued Late Warning **** Production from Mexico has halted due to its Seasonal end of the year slow down of labor and now with the continued ongoing cold overnight temperatures supplies will continue to be virtually non existent. Supplies will be short for most bunching items originating from Mexico ESPECIALLY Green Onions as demand peaks through January.
Strawberries
 The Straws out of California remain light to steady volume, as we have not experienced any extensive back to back storm fronts in any of the California growing areas that would seriously affect yields or quality. Oxnard and Santa Maria are expecting up to an inch of rain coming Thursday of this week. The extended forecast calls for dry weather with slightly warmer temps the last week in January. The market remains steady with higher under tones. We have seen a big improvement on quality out of all areas. With the current projected weather forecasts this improvement should continue into the end of this month. The fruit out of Florida has been seeing moderate sporadic showers with some cooler than normal temperatures which have lightened yields. Temps are expected to warm this week with an extended dry period lasting through the weekend. This market has tightened up and will remain so through the weekend. The forecasts for Mexico call for dry weather with cooler than seasonal early morning lows. This is not expected to affect yields at this point. Baja Mexico is expecting dry weather through next week with only a slight chance of rain in the higher elevations. The market is stronger and this will continue into next week.
Raspberries
Raspberries remain in good supplies coming out of the Central Mexico region. Quality has been fairly good with some older lots showing problems. The market should remain firm through this week as we see better overall demand with schools back in the mix.
Blueberries
The Blues are hitting peak volumes out of Mexico and Peru. We are looking at volumes starting to decline. This will continue through January as several importers will be gapping next week. Chilean production has also been disrupted somewhat by rain in the growing regions but volume is still cumbersome.
Blackberries
The lack of demand that we have been experiencing over the last few weeks is disappearing as we are headed into a lighter numbers next week. We are still seeing some leakers and red cell in many lots. Expect the market to remain steady with higher pricing towards next week.
Stone Fruit
Supplies on offshore stone fruit are increasing daily. Product is arriving by boat from Chile on both coasts. There is limited volume on various sizes, but quality is very strong on peaches, nectarines and plums. Pricing is currently elevated but should ease up as supplies increase over the next couple of weeks.
Grapes
Red – Demand is picking up nation wide with schools back in session. There have been some arrival delays on grape shipments that have caused some shortages on both coasts, but as of now, volumes continue to keep up with demand. Expect steady supplies at least through next week. Quality has been very strong on arrival. More arrivals are expected toward the end of this month which should ease the market.
Green – Supplies have been lighter on the west coast, with more volume arriving on the east. Markets are currently very strong on green grapes, although volumes are expected to improve as more product arrives towards the latter part of this month. Quality is very nice with good, strong fruit now available on both coasts.
Citrus
Oranges – Large sizes are more readily available and deals are being made. , Small sizes are in tighter supply this week, with stronger markets on 88 and smaller sizes. Quality has been very nice on all sizes, with good color and brix reported. We do expect stronger markets through the rest of the month as demand picks up, particularly on small sizes.
Lemons – Steady markets this week as district 1 starts and district 3 finishes up. The overlap in growing areas has resulted in more supplies, especially on smaller sizes. Weather has been very nice for growing and quality is very strong out of California. Markets should remain steady through next week.
Limes – Better supplies are expected over the next 10 days as harvests return to normal after the holiday. Quality has been very nice with good color and solid structure. Plenty of deals available so run something by us.
Cantaloupes
Prices have remained flat this week in spite of demand picking up on more deeply discounted fruit. Quality remained consistent and good. Sizes peaked on 9s and then jbo 9s and 12s. Next week supplies are expected to be slightly less with volume. First phase Honduras is ending and Costa Rica is staring with Guatemala still shipping. Sizing and quality should stay stable. Demand should also remain about the same or ebb a bit as deep discounting could stop and winter is rearing its head this week into next. The following week, we could see an improvement in pricing as we head into the last week of January and February demand usually picks up a bit. We see a steady market next week with less discounting and a slightly improved market the following week.
Honeydews
For weeks now, honeydews have been much higher priced than cantaloupes. This continued this week, but with price resistance coming into play leading to more discounts being offered than has been the case. Overall supplies were still light and quality still variable with scarring in the off shore product. Demand has been in dull winter drone mode, but light supplies have kept the market feeling more active than the reality.  Next week supplies look to change little form offshore, but with Costa Rica starting they could increase somewhat as It unfolds. Sizes should start peaking on 6s then 5s and then jbo 5s. Mexico struggles with cold and/or wet weather keeping their supplies light. Next week their weather is expected to improve so their supplies could increase as well. Demand should be quite slow in the face of winter’s grip and high priced inventories. We look for a steady to lower market next week.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower   Production has been slow in the desert and prices have reacted higher. Expect continued higher pricing through most of January . Typically the next surge of production will coincide with improved temperatures usually the start of February.  Quality has held steady although some production areas with heavy frost may show increased curd discoloration .
Broccoli    Supplies have declined drastically as the desert and Mexico production areas have seen seasonally colder temperatures . Additionally Northern California production has finished due to wet weather inducing pin rot .  Quality remains variable although drier conditions will help improve quality from all production areas including the Deserts and Mexico.
Production is expected to improve from Mexico in coming weeks.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Most Herbs and Bunching Green production has stalled with much of the bunched items originating from Mexico. Along with cooler weather , seasonal labor shortages have resulted in substantially reduced supplies which has escalated markets sharply. We expect varied supplies through most of the month.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady . Demand has been very strong. Cooler, Rainy weather has slowed supplies for upcoming next few weeks. Continue to plan ahead to get full coverage. Bunch Carrot Quality has improved but recent heavy rains may impact Tops once again.
Potato Production has been affected by sudden change in seasons as growers scrambled to get their final acres harvested and stored . Expect some long term effects to pricing and availability.
Onion demand remains good and the market appears to be escalating with supplies below normal Quality is currently nice although some storage shipments have shown signs of age..
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Production has been steady although most growers have been battling increased mildew pressure from recent rains and now frost delays have increased blister , peel and increased the degree of discoloration . All growers are quoting product with these defects .
OG Citrus
Lemons: The market remains steady with good demand for domestic product as production slowly increases . Quality from Arizona deserts remain smaller profile but higher fancy grade.
Oranges Navels production has begun to peak with improved sizing and excellent sugar levels. Optimum growing conditions have resulted in mostly larger profile limiting smaller fruit.  Expect tiered pricing on smaller fruit. Stronger supplies of mandarins and Caras have also begun to be available .
Limes:   The market appears to settling at current levels with improved labor although supplies and quality remain in consistent . Expect demand to improve throughout January with prices expected to rise .
Grapefruit:  Supplies have transitioned to Texas for the Winter
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley of California harvests have finished with some storage fruit available.  Offshore fruit is available on either coast.
OG Avocados
Mexico:  Steady supplies continue with possible improved sizing and volume as the month moves on . Demand remains good and will only improve as we approach Superbowl promos
California: Production has limited supplies at elevated prices .

1/8/20

Lettuce
Seasonally cool weather continues to keep production limited. Although day time temperatures are mild the overnight temperatures continue to dip below frost levels delaying growth and harvest . Quality continues to fair with weak tip, mildew pressure and now increased blister , peel and discoloration all resulting in light weight and varied size. Markets have slowly escalated although they likely have peaked. Be aware , Shippers are quoting product with Epidermal peel and discoloration.
Mix Leaf
Romaine  production has also slowed while demand seems tepidly improved as the industry regains confidence. Cool nighttime temperatures have kept supplies in check. Quality remains varied but mostly fair condition with Mildew, twist , pale ribs along with increased blister, peel and discoloration all evident . Expect peel and discoloration to become even more widespread as the product grows. Most shippers have warned and are quoting product with Epidermal peel and discoloration.
Green leaf , Red leaf and Boston  are seeing similar quality issues although there are some production areas with warmer climates which avoided the critically cold temperatures resulting in tiered quality and pricing.
Brussels Sprouts
Production from Central California is beginning to wind down while Mexico has yet to regain full production. We expect overall lighter supplies but improved quality moving forward. Markets prices will begin to firm until improved temperatures return .
Celery
Steady supplies of celery remain out of Santa Maria, Oxnard and the Desert growing regions with all sizes available. Due to the cooler temperatures larger sizes such as 24 counts are showing slightly lower volume than the rest of the sizes thus they are getting a $1.00 – $2.00 more than the rest of the sizes. Celery quality is good with occasional light blister & peel on the outer petioles.
Artichokes
Production continues to suffer from a delayed transition along with frost on the limited supplies.  Demand has been strong for “clean” artichokes although most have light to moderate frost damage . The superior edible Heirloom variety will return in the Spring.
Cauliflower
The flower market has firmed as shippers run into lighter supplies. It looks as though prices have a chance to increase as the week finishes out. Quality looks very good especially out of the Imperial Valley and Yuma, AZ districts. Please get with your Produce West sales representative for best quality and price options.
Broccoli
Limited availability is expected to continue into next week. Cooler temperatures in all growing regions of California and Arizona have put the brakes on the growing process. Prices have reached into the low $30.00’s for crowns and high $20.00’s for bunch. There does not seem to be much relief in sight over the next 7 days. There is some availability out of Texas coming in from Mexico. Prices there are now in the low $20.00’s. We will start shipping our Shui Ling crowns out of Pharr, TX on Monday.
Green Onions
****Continued Late Warning **** Production from Mexico has halted due to its Seasonal slow down of labor during the Holidays. Now with Seasonal Cold overnight temperatures supplies will continue to be virtually non existent through early next week . Supplies will be short for most bunching items originating from Mexico ESPECIALLY Green Onions as demand peaks.
Strawberries
The market has loading options in Oxnard, McAllen, and Florida. Quality is good out of all areas right now as we are seeing ideal weather patterns promoting good yields. The demand has been good keeping markets buoyant. There should be a slight downward trend as we see all these areas converge with product moving into the weekend. Look for the quality to continue to improve with no rain in the forecast out West. There are always micro-climate rainstorms that may slightly affect Mexican production. No storms are forecasted at this time.
Raspberries
Lighter supplies with cooler weather and a downward yield trend expected over the next few weeks. Quality has been good on fresher fruit. Look for the market to strengthen somewhat as we move into next week.
Blueberries
Good volumes will continue as Mexico, Peru, and Chile are all harvesting vigorously. The quality has been good out of all of these areas. Look for this market to remain steady with the only possible disruption in inventories caused by late container ships.
Blackberries
Numbers are in a slight decline from heavy numbers crossing in from Mexico the past several weeks. Quality is fair with many lots still reporting red cell defects. Proper rotation of inventory is essential at this point with the fruit traveling an extra day or two from the Mexican interior. Look for the market to firm up towards the end of this week as the volume of crossings from Mexico subsides.
Stone Fruit
Supplies continue to be limited on peaches, nectarines and plums. Supplies should improve over the next two weeks as more containers arrive from south america. Quality reports are very good on all varieties of stone fruit. Markets are strong across the board, a result of light volumes arriving over the holidays. Markets are expected to ease up in within the next 10 days as more product arrives on both coasts and inventory builds.
Grapes
Red – only Peruvian fruit available. Supplies are limited this week. We expect better supplies over the next two weeks as more shipments arrive and Chile regions start production. Quality reports are very positive. Good strong berries, bright color and good sugar. Expect markets to ease up towards the end of this month.
Green – Product is arriving from Chile and Peru. There is no domestic product left. Quality is very nice. Strong, firm berries with green stems and bright color. Pricing is expected to settle over the next two weeks as more product starts to arrive on both coasts. Currently there is light volume and markets are reacting.
Citrus
Oranges – Good supplies this week on smaller sizes. Large sizes are less available and higher priced. Demand has picked up slightly after the holiday as schools are back in session. Quality is very nice, especially on California fruit. .
Lemons – Good volume available in California, particularly on smaller sizes. Large sizes are lighter in supply. Quality is strong as we finish up district 3. Weather has been optimal for production, and we expect good volume throughout his month as long as there are no unexpected weather changes over the next few weeks.
Limes – Lighter harvests over the holidays have resulted lighter volumes over the past few weeks. Markets have begun to stabilize this week as number improve and quality is strong. Expect more deals in the coming week.
Cantaloupes
After a two week siege of increased supplies and lackluster demand, the market unsurprisingly adjusted downward with sellers discounting to create movement. Finally as of this writing it seems to have finally worked with demand improving, making for less discounting. Supplies were still abundant and look to continue to be so, with perhaps a bit less coming in for next week. Sizes peaked and look to continue to peak on 9s and 12 followed by Jbo 9s and a few 15s. Quality has been quite good. We are now past the holiday disrupted shipping and receiving period as well, which could keep demand slightly improved levels. We look for prices to stay reasonable for next week and demand to stay decent, leading a steady and firm market on most sizes.
Honeydews
Honeydews have seemed to fall into a chronic light supply mode. It seems like we expect that to change but week after week supplies have been staying quite light. Mexico is shipping but not much. Prices for offshore remained quite elevated and should next week as well as supplies will pick up a bit but remain much less than normal. Sizes will be peaking on 5s and jbo 5s with some jbo 6s a decent amount or regular 6s and few other sizes. Quality has been and looks to continue to be variable. Demand next week could wane a bit as cheap cantaloupes and current high prices could discourage buyers from being interested. We look for a steady and possibly slightly lower market next week.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower   Production has begun to slow down in the desert and prices have reacted higher. Expect continued higher pricing through most of January . Typically the next surge of production will coincide with improved temperatures usually the start of February.  Quality has held steady although some production areas with heavy frost may show increased curd discoloration .
Broccoli    Supplies have declined drastically as the desert and Mexico production areas have seen seasonally colder temperatures . Additionally Northern California production has finished due to wet weather inducing pin rot .  Quality remains variable although drier conditions will help improve quality from all production areas including the Deserts and Mexico.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Most Herbs and Bunching Green production has stalled with much of the bunched items originating from Mexico. Along with cooler weather , seasonal labor shortages have resulted in substantially reduced supplies which has escalated markets sharply. We expect varied supplies through most of the month.
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot production has been steady . Demand has been very strong. Cooler, Rainy weather has slowed supplies for upcoming next few weeks. Continue to plan ahead to get full coverage. Bunch Carrot Quality has improved but recent heavy rains may impact tops once again.
Potato Production has been affected by sudden change in seasons as growers scrambled to get their final acres harvested and stored . Expect some effects to long term pricing and availability.
Onion demand remains steady  Supplies appear to be adequate and quality is currently very nice although as storage shipments continue, expect a decline.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Production has been steady although most growers have been battling increased mildew pressure from recent rains and now frost delays have increased blister , peel and increasing degree of discoloration . All growers are quoting product with these defects
OG Citrus
Lemons: The market remains steady with good demand for domestic product as production slowly increases . Quality from Arizona deserts remain smaller profile but higher fancy grade.
Oranges Navels production has begun to peak with improved sizing and excellent sugar levels. Recent rains have delayed harvest but have improved quality.  The crop is expected to be slightly less than the previous year but flavor and sizing profiles have been excellent with promotional opportunities available through the Winter Citrus season. Stronger supplies of mandarins and Caras have also begun to be available .
Limes:   The market appears to unstable with inconsistent supplies and increasing demand. . Expect demand to improve throughout January with prices expected to rise .
Grapefruit:  Supplies have transitioned to Texas for the Winter
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley of California harvests have finished with some storage fruit available.  Offshore fruit is available on either coast.
OG Avocados
Mexico:  Steady supplies continue with possible improved sizing and volume as the month moves on . Demand remains good and will only improve as we approach Superbowl promos
California: Production has limited supplies at elevated prices .

12/19/19

Lettuce
As we head towards Christmas demand will stall for a few days before the need to replenish. Markets appear to be absorbing the slowdown with prices relatively steady . Quality continues to be sporadic with some pink rib, occasional bottom rot due to recent rains. Additionally recent light frost signals the return of Blister resulting in further varied weights and color. Forecasts call for cool but not critically cold with a chance of showers next week which should keep supplies in check waiting for demand to stabilize.
Mix Leaf
Romaine  production has surged along with Hearts . Demand has stalled on both resulting in sharp discounts for volume especially on suspect quality. Demand is expected to improve heading into New Years but barring any severe weather production should remain stable along with pricing. Tiered quality with ribby texture and discoloration along with mildew are evident along with the recent addition of Blister from some production areas.
Green Leaf is seeing slowed demand as well , although prices have settled
Red Leaf and Boston  prices have also settled with improving quality. Volatility could return although critically cold temperatures are not expected which should keep supplies sufficient.
Brussels Sprouts
Production from Central California continues to produce heavy volume with Mexico ready to begin harvest. The market remains strong with some volume discounts especially on small and jumbos sizes. Quality has been mostly very nice but We anticipate a sharp dropoff due to heavy rains the past couple weeks in Northern California.  Expect demand to continue to surge for Christmas Holiday.
Celery
There is some last minute buying currently taking place but it does not look like that will cause any price increases or supply issues as we finish out the week. Supplies of celery remain steady out of Santa Maria, Oxnard and the Desert growing regions with all sizes available. Celery quality is good with occasional light blister & peel on the outer petioles. Let us know your last minute needs, we will get it taken care of!!
Artichokes
Production has been slow to transition to Southern Coastal regions and the southwest desert. Demand has been strong although supplies have been minimal. Expect improved supplies after Christmas.  Seeded or thornless are the predominant varieties available. The superior edible Heirloom variety will return in the Spring.
Cauliflower
Good supplies of flower are currently available, especially in the Santa Maria area. Shippers are looking to make deals and keep inventories clean as they head into a slower Holiday week. There will be some deals to be had for the end of this week. Run your price ideas by us!!
Broccoli
Lighter availability for the next few days out of all growing regions. Prices have firmed slightly and look to remain at these current trading levels for the remainder of the week. Some shippers in the Santa Maria district are still dealing with some pin rot issues but they are in a better situation compared to last week. We could start to see some purpling of the domes out of the Santa Maria area next week due to the cooler temperatures they have had this week. The product in the Imperial Valley and Yuma looks good with nice green domes and tight beads.
Green Onions
 ****Late Warning **** Production from Mexico is beginning to hit its Seasonal slow down as labor shortages increase. Supplies will be short for most bunching items originating from Mexico ESPECIALLY Green Onions as demand peaks . Expect prices to climb sharply into Christmas and New Years when labor becomes scarce significantly impacting supplies and availability .
Strawberries
Light supplies out west, but there will be a lull in demand over the next few days which should allow fields time to catch up on color and sizing. The majority of rain issues are behind us. However, some of the last of the product with issues just hit receivers over the last 2 days. New crop fields out of the Oxnard area will be increasing numbers over the next 2 weeks. There will be marked improvement in quality and quantity in that area barring any weather events.  Mexico is producing steady numbers and quality has been slowly improving out of that area. Look for numbers to continue to build moving forward out of this area.Florida fruit is steadily building numbers as well. Quality out of this area is good enjoying near optimum weather conditions. Look for the markets to loosen up a bit as all three areas converge simultaneously to create an uptick in yields.
Raspberries
Good numbers and promotable volume. Quality has been good in most lots. All raspberries are coming from Mexico at this point. Look for the market to remain steady with lower undertones as shippers begin to feel the pre-holiday lull in demand.
Blueberries
Good Supplies with promotable volume out of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Quality has been excellent on the fresher fruit. Look for this market to also trend lower as we see shippers struggle to move increasing volume in a sluggish market.
Blackberries
Abundant supplies coming primarily out of Mexico and Central Coast California. Quality has been fair and we are still seeing some red cell defects in much of the offerings. Look for the market to remain flat as shippers push to move out inflated volumes.
Stone Fruit
Limited volumes of peaches and nectarines are finally starting to arrive. Markets are very active, normal for the first few weeks of the Chilean season as product slowly arrives. Markets should ease up after the holiday, once inventories get a chance to build. Early quality reports are positive. Order in advance because product is very limited.
Grapes
Red – Domestic fruit is still available, however quality is marginal at best. Light supplies of Peruvian grapes have started to arrive. Big difference in price to reflect high quality of import fruit. More imports are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. We expect import markets to ease after the first of the year and Chilean product starts to arrive.
Green – Some domestic supplies are still available. Quality has been progressively declining over the past few weeks. Peruvian greens have started to arrive and quality reports are excellent. As expected, markets are extremely high on new crop Peruvian, but the fruit is beautiful. Markets will continue to be strong through the holidays, and should taper off after the new year and more product arrives from Chile.
Citrus
Oranges – Good volume on California Navels this week, particularly on small sizes. Large sizes are tighter, resulting in higher pricing on 72 ct and larger. Recent rains have delayed some harvests, creating minimal and short term supply gaps on all sizes. Quality is very nice industry wide, with more fancy grade product available than choice.
Lemons – most of the sizing is peaking on 115 and smaller sizes. Like oranges, there are more fancy grade available than choice. Central valley district 1 is starting and early reports are positive, with good quality and volume expected. More California lemons are becoming available and we expect good supplies and steady markets through these winter months.
Limes – Tighter supplies are on the horizon as lighter harvests are expected through the holidays. Quality has been good overall, with good, bright color and appearance. Markets are expected to strengthen through the remainder of the month and continue to be strong into the first of the year.
Cantaloupes
Demand, or rather the lack thereof has continued to be the main plot of the cantaloupe story. Winter does not and isn’t expected to loosen its grip across the country keeping demand at nearly non-existent levels. Supplies have been rather light as domestic and Mexican melons have finished for the year. Offshore supplies have been steady, which is to say ample visa vie the poor demand. The market has drifted downward accordingly with prevalent discounted sales. Sizes off shore continue to be on the large side, peaking on 9s and jbo 9s, but they have moderated somewhat with less Jbo 6s and a few more regular 12s. Quality continues to be good. Next week supplies could be a bit lighter for the next two with off loading at POE’s being disrupted by Holidays. But supplies at production point (Caribbean) available for harvest is still ample and rising. We look for a dull and steady to lower market thru the holidays and lower markets ahead after the New Year.
Honeydews
Supplies continued to remain tight this week, in spite of the lack of demand. Mexico has pretty much finished for their season and domestic finished a while ago. Off shore production points have had trouble getting started. Demand, like with cantaloupes, has been exceptionally slow due to old man’s stubborn grip. Quality has been good and sizes running mostly 5s and jbo 5s with some jbo 4s and 6s. Little looks to change over the next couple of weeks. Offloading at POEs will be disrupted and there production does not look to be picking up significantly. Demand is expected to stay quite slow but effectively feels better than it is due to the light supplies. However, after the new year, production is expected to pick up as Honduras will get their harvest going and offloading will be past the holiday disruptions. We look for little change in honeydews for the rest of December, with better supplies and lower pricing coming early in January.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower- Production is still transitioning with some overlapping areas. This has settled  the market . Production areas should stabilize next week which will impact supplies and push prices higher again . Quality has held steady and should improve as we get into cooler weather.
Broccoli- Supplies surged and the market has softened as some shippers have overlapping production areas. Expect prices to surge again with the change in weather. Quality remains variable due to recent rains with Some pin rot reported from all production areas.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Most Herbs and Bunching Green production has settled in the Southern deserts and Mexico.  Supplies will be impacted by labor slow down heading into Christmas for the next two plus weeks .
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady with improving supplies . Demand has been very strong. Cooler, Rainy weather will likely impact supplies in coming weeks. Continue to plan ahead to get full coverage. Bunch Carrot Quality has improved but recent heavy rains may impact Tops once again.
Potato Production has been affected by sudden change in seasons as growers scrambled to get their final acres harvested and stored . Expect some effects to long term pricing and availability.
Onion demand remains steady heading into the Holidays. Supplies appear to be adequate and  Quality is currently very nice although as we transition earlier than anticipated to storage shipments expect quality to fall off at some point.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
 Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Production has been steady although most growers have been battling increased mildew pressure from recent rains .  Demand has stalled slightly but will improve heading into next week.
OG Citrus
Lemons- The market remains steady with good demand for domestic product as production increases although recent rains have delayed harvest . Quality from Arizona deserts remain smaller profile but higher fancy grade.
Oranges- Navels production has improved along with sizing and sugar levels. Recent rains have delayed harvest but should help expedite better volume.  The crop is expected to be slightly less than the previous year but flavor and sizing profiles are expected to be excellent with promotional opportunities available for Christmas. We expect strong supplies of mandarins and Caras in coming weeks as well.
Limes- The market remains steady with improved sizing . Expect demand to improve throughout January . .
Grapefruit- Supplies have transitioned to Texas for the Winter
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley of California harvest have finished with some storage fruit available.  Offshore fruit is available on either coast.
OG Avocados
Mexico:  Steady supplies continue with shifting trend towards smaller fruit due in part to some rain affecting quality. Improved supplies are expected towards the end of the month although labor may affect production during the Christmas and New Years. Demand will only improve as Super Bowl promos kick in next month.
California: Production has finished up for the season.

12/11/19

Lettuce
Production appears to be improving for most shippers and prices are slowly adjusting . There are still pockets of unbalanced supplies due to the isolated nature of past weather events but overall production is stabilizing. Quality has been sporadic with some pink rib, occasional bottom rot due to recent rains along with varied weights and color. Forecasts call for mostly ideal weather through next week before seasonally cold , frost temperatures settle in Christmas week. Traditionally these Cold temperatures impact supplies significantly. Even with strong demand expect markets to continue to settle as shippers return to full strength.
Mix Leaf
Romaine  production is beginning to surge as early season interruptions to plantings have past. Misreporting on the most current eColi. announcement continues to cause confusion in regards to Romaine hampering what would be strong demand. Together these events have weakened the market, including hearts. Expect some discounts to be offered over the next week as ideal weather is in the forecast through Christmas. Tiered quality with ribby texture and discoloration along with mildew are evident due to recent rains although varying degrees throughout the desert.
Green Leaf is still seeing improved demand , although prices have settled slightly lower.
Red Leaf and Boston  prices have also settled with improving quality. Volatility could return although cold temperatures are not expected until the end of the month.
Brussels Sprouts
Production from Central California continues to produce heavy volume with Mexico ready to begin harvest. The market remains strong with some volume discounts especially on small and jumbos sizes. Quality has been mostly very nice but we anticipate a sharp drop off due to heavy rains the past couple weeks in Northern California.  Expect demand to continue to surge for Christmas Holiday.
Celery
There is some last minute buying currently taking place but it does not look like that will cause any price increases or supply issues as we finish out the week. Supplies of celery remain steady out of Santa Maria, Oxnard and the Desert growing regions with all sizes available. Celery quality is good with occasional light blister & peel on the outer petioles. Let us know your last minute needs, we will get it taken care of!!
Artichokes
Production has been slow to transition to Southern Coastal regions and the southwest desert. Demand has been strong although supplies have been minimal. Expect improved supplies after Christmas.  Seeded or thornless are the predominant varieties available. The superior edible Heirloom variety will return in the Spring.
Cauliflower
The flower market has firmed as shippers run into lighter supplies. It looks as though the market will stabilize at current trading levels and we do not expect much higher prices for this week. Quality looks very good especially out of the Imperial Valley and Yuma, AZ districts. Please get with your Produce West sales representative for best quality and price options.
Broccoli
Prices are trading at floor levels and look like they will sit at these levels for the remainder of the week. Some shippers in the Yuma Valley continue to have issues with pin rot from the rains they received earlier in the month but that issue is beginning to resolve itself. The product in the Imperial Valley was not affected by any weather and quality looks very good. Price buys will continue to be available in all growing regions of California and product of Mexico shipping out of the Texas Valley. Good supplies are forecasted for the next two weeks.
Green Onions
****Early Warning **** Production from Mexico has improved and prices have settled although expect supplies to be impacted as we approach Christmas and New Years when labor becomes scarce significantly impacting supplies and availability .
Onions
Washington-Oregon-Idaho
According to the National Onion Association the 50# bag equivalents has dropped 2 million bags. This is based on all areas as reported with 25% shrink. This number is important because somewhere along the way in the spring we’ll see a spurt in pricing. $10.00 lids are being extended through the 1st quarter of 2020 and, as always, contracts are locked in until the end of April. The weather at harvest made for a larger shrink than normal for Idaho/ Oregon. It is estimated 1500 acres were not harvested and 5000 acres were frozen with a shrink minimum @30%. Markets are $600 on Jumbo, $5-5.50 on Reds and Whites still in $9.00-10.00 range
Asparagus
Quality in Mexico and Peru is good and will be promotable through Christmas and New Year’s. Cold weather in Mexico could have an impact on production but most every Ad is locked in at the low $20 level.
Strawberries
Demand continues to be strong and supplies light. The forecast is for a slow warming trend through the end of this week in Southern California. Volume will still be light in Santa Maria and Oxnard as many shippers had to work through their fields due to the recent inclement weather. Quality out of California will show white shoulders with some soft bruising and water issues. Mexico should begin to cross more fruit as we move into next week as Mexican growers send their fruit north to capitalize on where the profits are. The quality has been reported as good coming through the Texas area. Florida fruit is beginning to pick up in availability. Although sporadic, we look for those numbers to increase week by week providing some relief to our present shortage.
Raspberries
Production out of Central Mexico and Baja has increased sharply and promotable supplies are expected for the next few weeks. The market remains soft while shippers offer volume deals to help manage the increase in numbers. Quality has been good with the odd quality issues arising mainly due to improper rotation of the growing inventories. Look for this numerical trend to continue through December.
Blueberries
Good supplies are available in all distribution points. We expect shippers to be promoting throughout December. Highly promotable volume is expected through December. Quality has been good on Mexican, Peruvian, and Chilean fruit arriving in the U.S. Look for markets to remain flat for the upcoming weeks ahead.
Blackberries
Volume is increasing out of Central Mexico leaving easier markets in the U.S. as a result. Volume deals are being taken and some product is still showing the occasional red cell defect. Look for the markets to remain flat as we work through this temporary glut of product.
Stone Fruit
We are awaiting the arrival of the first offshore stone fruit. Peaches and necatarines are expected to arrive some time next week. Pricing will start out very high and will settle as more product arrives. Plums will follow 2 weeks later. Some plums are still available domestically but quality is marginal at best.
Grapes
Red grapes – Markets are strengthening daily on the domestic storage crop. Offshore product is arriving, but extremely light volumes and pricing is very expensive. Some reports show a $10-$15 difference between offshore and domestic storage fruit. Storage fruit is showing its age, but there is still high demand for it and pricing is strengthening daily. Storage fruit should be available through the remainder of the month.
Green grapes – Domestic storage volumes have decreased substantially. What little product is available is fair quality at best. Peruvian fruit have been arriving but in very light numbers and pricing is reflecting a $10-15 difference in price between old and new crop. Markets are gaining momentum as storage volume dries up. We expect high pricing through the new year, with no relief until offshore volume increases toward the end of this month.
Citrus
Oranges – Steady demand industry wide this week in central valley California and Nogales Az. Quality has been very nice and product is making good arrivals. 88s and larger make up most of the volume. Run offers by us, particularly on smaller sized Navels.
Lemons – Good supplies this week. The desert region is winding down for the season and the central valley California crop is starting up with a slight overlap of supply. Small sizes are plentiful, and large sizes are lighter in supply. Quality is very nice. We expect consistent supplies and volume through the New Year.
Limes – Supplies are lighter this week, particularly on large sized fruit. Pricing is reacting and stronger markets are coming into play. we expect light volumes through the rest of the month and pricing should continue to rise through the remainder of the month.
Cantaloupes
There is really nothing new to report on cantaloupes. Mexico has finished exporting enough to the U.S. to have any market impact. At the same time, whatever volume that has been taken off the market due to this has been offset by increased volume from the Caribbean basin. Demand remains dull at best. Quality off shore has continued to be quite good. Sizes from there peaking on jbo 9s reg 9 and 12s with few if any 15s and some jbo 6s. Quotes have been steady but discounting continues to be available from most vendors. Next week little looks to change again. Sizing, quality and volume all are looking to continue at around the same levels. Demand will remain dull but could pick up a bit due to the upcoming holidays. On the other hand, we see this change being minimal, as melons are not a seasonal favorite. The week after Xmas we should see increased supplies which could portend lower pricing. But until then we see the market being dull with steady quotes and active discounting.
Honeydews
Honeydews have also changed little. Mexico was still exporting to the U.S, but in less volume. Off shore supplies increased a bit but overall supplies remained pretty steady. Offshore quality was good and sized peaking on jbo 5 and 5 then 6s,with virtually no 8s and some jbo 4s. Mexico continued peaking on 5s and 6s with variable quality. Prices again changed little as seasonal demand remained somewhat depressed balancing the light supplies. Next week Mexico should finish is exports. Offshore supplies should increase a tad, but not so much as to greatly affect pricing. There should be a considerable pickup in available offshore supplies the week after Xmas. We look for a steady quotes market with perhaps a bit more discounting until then. The last week of 2019 we should see a downward trend in pricing.
Honeydews
Organic Items
OG Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cauliflower Production is still transitioning with some overlapping areas. This has settled  the market . Production areas should stabilize next week which will impact supplies and push prices higher again . Quality has held steady and should improve as we get into cooler weather .
Broccoli    Supplies surged and the market has softened as some shippers have overlapping production areas. Expect prices to surge again with the change in weather. Quality remains variable due to recent rains with Some pin rot reported from all production areas.
OG Herbs & Bunch Greens
Most Herbs and Bunching Green production has settled in the Southern deserts and Mexico.  Supplies should be plentiful but expect volatility as we approach the Christmas , New Year Holiday season when labor becomes scarce leading to supply shortages especially if traditional cold weather returns .
OG Root Vegetables
Carrot Production has been steady with improving supplies . Demand has been very strong. Cooler, Rainy weather will likely impact supplies in coming weeks. Continue to plan ahead to get full coverage. Bunch Carrot Quality has improved but recent heavy rains may impact Tops once again.
Potato Production has been affected by sudden change in seasons as growers scrambled to get their final acres harvested and stored . Expect some effects to long term pricing and availability.
Onion demand remains steady heading into the Holidays. Supplies appear to be adequate and  Quality is currently very nice although as we transition earlier than anticipated to storage shipments expect quality to fall off at some point.
OG Leaf and Iceberg Lettuce
Leaf, Iceberg & Romaine   Production has been steady and quality has seen issued with increased mildew pressure from recent rains .  Demand has stalled slightly but will improve by the end of the week.
OG Citrus
Lemons: The market remains steady with good demand for domestic product as production increases although recent rains have delayed harvest . Quality from Arizona deserts remain smaller profile but higher fancy grade.
Oranges Navels production has improved along with sizing and sugar levels. Recent rains have also delayed harvest but should help expedite better volume.  The crop is expected to be slightly less than the previous year but flavor and sizing profiles are expected to be excellent with promotional opportunities available for Christmas. We expect strong supplies of mandarins and Caras in coming weeks as well.
Limes:  Much needed rains along Eastern Mexico have improved quality. Sizing and volume are expected to improve as well  The market has eased and should stabilize at current levels .
Grapefruit:  Supplies have transitioned to Texas for the Winter
Lemons: The market remains steady with good demand for domestic product as production increases although recent rains have delayed harvest . Quality from Arizona deserts remain smaller profile but higher fancy grade.
Oranges Navel production has improved along with sizing and sugar levels. Recent rains have also delayed harvest but should help expedite better volume.  The crop is expected to be slightly less than the previous year but flavor and sizing profiles are expected to be excellent with promotional opportunities available for Christmas. We expect strong supplies of mandarins and Caras in coming weeks as well.
Limes:  Much needed rains along Eastern Mexico have improved quality. Sizing and volume are expected to improve as well  The market has eased and should stabilize at current levels .
Grapefruit:  Supplies have transitioned to Texas for the Winter
OG Grapes
California: Central Valley of California harvest have finished with some storage fruit available.  Offshore fruit is available on either coast.
OG Avocados
Mexico: Steady supplies continue with shifting trend towards smaller fruit due in part to some rain affecting quality. Improved supplies a