seafood (Cont’d)catFIsh, Domestic & ImportedDomestic catfish was quiet this week after another price adjustment upward lastweek. Most domestic processors have limited inventory in their freezers headed intoLent – lack of supply will continue to drive price. Imported catfish – this market isstarting to climb and looks like it will continue to climb through the 2nd quarter –why? First, the Chinese are between harvests and what little is being harvested iscommanding a premium price. Supply will stay limited through the 2nd quarter asfarmers choose to plant different crops. They are afraid to invest in catfish based onthe 2014 US Farm Bill and its rulings.SalmonCHIlean Farmed Salmon: Frozen salmon prices are firm. Frozenportions were steady this week but supplies remain light for a moderate demand. Thefresh fillet Chilean market is stable based on an adequate to fully adequate supply fora moderate to fair demand.Whitefish Complex(Cod, Pollock, Haddock)Cod: The market for Frozen at Sea (FAS) Atlantic Cod from ICELAND ONLY saw abig increase this week. The reason behind this is that the Icelandic Frozen at Sea fleetis half the size it was a year ago and as a result there is less fish available. Why hasthe fleet shrunk so drastically? It is a matter of economics. Based on what it costs torun the ship, pay out to crew and government quotas, the return on investment for thecaptain is minimal. So the captains have re-rigged the ships for catching fresh codwhich gives them a much better return when sold into the European market.Pollock: The market remains stable on both domestic and imported pollockfillets.Haddock: The market was steady this week after another upward adjustmentlast week. Factors contributing to the rising price are: US catch mismanaged by thefisheries dept, the catch in Canada going to the fresh market, and the 30% quota cutthat went into effect for the North Atlantic last year still in place this year. There is noend in sight to lower pricing on haddock.Tuna, Yellowfin(CO treated)The frozen tuna market continues to be quiet this week, with the market remainingstable. The quiet undertone is attributed to the weather across the country, afterChristmas bills and not a lot of buying.Snow CrabCanada & Alaska: The Canadian suppliers are still sitting on some 8 + craband they are looking to move it off. This put some pressure on the Alaska marketprice for that size. Demand is quiet for this product right now. Alaska the marketseems to have quieted down as most big buys have been made and the quota caught.Processors are working to get the product down to the US and out to their customers.8+ supply seems to be adequate to fully adequate for a quiet demand leading tosome price softening on this size.Mahi MahiThe market took another rise this week as sellers contend with a limited supply. Themarket has a strong to firm undertone as sellers get a handle on their inventories andspot trading has started. Remember the reasons behind the tight supply are: Latestart to the season, low catches when season did start and February landings werevery low – to the point that Peru re-geared their boats for other species.King CrabThe market for red king crab saw major adjustments downward on 20/24 and 20+sizes due to quiet demand and good inventories. The Golden market was mostly quietwith a fair to active demand on a adequate inventory.Dungeness CrabThe market for Dungeness crab is very firm on both clusters and whole cooked.Supplies are very light. Many suppliers have taken it off the list of items they carry aseverything they have is committed. The shortage of Dungeness is putting additionalpressure on Alaskan snow crab as the areas that traditionally use Dungeness look fora replacement item.LOBster TAIlsWarm & Cold water: The market is stable this week with few changes.AmerICan Tails: The market continues very firm with a tight supply situation.6
producevegetablesCABBageCabbage market is steady with products coming out ofFlorida. Red cabbage has better than normal supplies.Green cabbage supplies are good and demand is high.Quality is good on both varieties.leaf lettuceSupplies on Romaine lettuce are lower this week,and like Iceberg lettuce, there is mildew in the fields.Shippers are trying to stay on top of this issue. Inaddition, warm weather forecasted for this week inYuma could bring on additional quality issues. Romainecartons are weighing 38 - 40 lbs. Green leaf is showinggood supplies, with Red leaf and Boston lettuce withbudget supplies. Overall quality is good with Green andRed leaf weighing 23 - 25 lbs. Boston lettuce is verylarge with each case weighing 18-20 lbs. Most shipperswill have split production, loading half in Yuma and halfin Huron until mid to end of March.Iceberg LettuceThe iceberg market continues to be steady. Theweights are in the low to mid 40lbs. Yuma is continuingto see some mildew in the fields, but overall the qualityis good on Cross Valley Farms label. Prices should besteady to higher. Huron production will start on March17th and the market and quality could shift as we moveinto the new growing region.CaulIFlowerThe cauliflower market is stronger again this weekwith small variance in pricing amongst the differentshippers. Yuma supplies are finishing up and mostsuppliers have started back in Salinas. Quality isgood in Yuma, while supplies from Salinas are creamierin color.7OnionsThe onion market continues its increase every week,with another significant jump this week. Onion suppliesin the Pacific Northwest are being depleted muchfaster than normal as there is virtually no movementout of Mexico. Some of the bigger shippers arefinishing their seasons more than a month earlier thanusual in the Pacific Northwest.At this time, it doesn’t appear that we’ll see significantshipments of onions coming out of Texas until theybegin their shipping season in the next three weeks.Regardless, onion supplies will remain very tight for allvarieties and the already high prices will continue toclimb into mid-April.ChilE PeppersChile market is active and prices are steady this week.Production is very low due to the cold weather sosupplies are limited. Chile, Pasilla, Jalapeño, andAnaheim are the most active items in the market butquality is poor on all varieties.EggplantEggplant market continues to be steady. Mexico andFlorida has moderate to good supplies with improvingquality. Look for this market to be stronger now thatLent has begun.SquashGreen squash supplies continue to be tight this weekespecially on the larger size. Not enough supply of thelarge product to meet demand. This is due to previouspollination issues. Quality varies between growers.Look for this market to remain strong in the upcomingweeks. Yellow squash supplies are even tighter than inpast weeks which put more upward pressure on FOBpricing. Quality and shelf-life is suspect due to winterwinds and rains.
producepotatoesRussets: Demand for cartons of Idaho russet potatoescontinues to be strong, with some higher prices.Good demand for mid-size cartons has kept thosesizes at a premium price. Trucks in Idaho are plentifulfor all areas with average rates. Railcar movementhas continued to be slow over the past month withweather-related issues.The nationwide russet potato market has remainedsteady, both in movement and pricing. Every majorshipping area seems to be looking for more business.Reds: The red potato market has not seen manychanges in the last week. Growers in Wash., Colo.,Idaho and Canada all continue to ship red potatoes,while growers in Wis. are no longer shipping any No.1 supplies. Shippers in south Fla. are in full gear withtheir new crop red potatoes, which have a large sizeprofile. New crop B-size and C-size red potatoes remaintight, but have excellent quality.Packaging facilities in the Red River Valley in N.D.have varying degrees of business for red potatoes, asthe quality varies from shipper to shipper. Althoughmany shippers plan to have sold their red potatoes byApril 1, there will still be N.D. shippers with suppliesthrough May.White, Yellow and Fingerling: Storage crop yellowpotatoes are almost completely sold in N.D., Colo.,Idaho and Wash. New crop yellow potatoes areavailable out of Fla. at a considerably high price thanthe storage crop, but great quality comes with thatnew crop. New crop white potatoes are availablefrom Fla. and Calif., but storage crop may still beavailable out of the Northeast with limited quantity. Asstorage crop fingerling potatoes wind down, new cropfingerling potatoes are available out of Fla. and Calif.The pricing on storage crop fingerling potatoes remainslower than the new crop prices, which are slightlyelevated.TomatoesRounds: Florida tomato market remains relativelystrong on all sizes. With many shippers reporting lightvolume and harvests this week due to lower yields, thequality out of Florida has proven to be quite strong anddurable. Though weather conditions have been justshort of flawless in the Sunshine state, problematicweather from six weeks ago continues to plague theyields of many shippers, especially on smaller sizes.With Mexico unable to produce smaller fruit, Floridais the main player in this market, providing it withthe ability to raise pricing on both large and mediumvarieties.The Mexican round tomato market finds more strengthin this second full week of March. Though somegrowers are reporting a gap in production from lastweek, lower yields are the real cause for higher pricing.Grapes and Cherries: Florida grape tomato marketstook a significant increase this week, as tired plantsare producing limited volume. At the same time,demand for these items has increased over the pastten days, causing shippers to realize more monetaryvalue for these items, which had been depressed foralmost a month. Next week could bring another bumpup in pricing, as there is no predictable change ineither supply or demand.Production of cherry and grape tomatoes in Mexicohas been noticeably lower recently, causing bothcommodities to find the same market as Floridain price. Demand is still good on these items, butexhausted plants are simply limiting the amount ofharvestable fruit worth picking.Hothouse: Hothouse and on-the-vine tomatoes in Mexicocontinue to be stagnant this week in both price andvolume. As round tomatoes in general are finding betterfooting in Mexico, one could expect these two items tofollow suit and increase by a dollar or two for the startof business next week. Guatemalan fruit is available andthough quality is said to be better than it has been forthe past month, many buyers are still hesitant of thisproduct.8
produceRomas: Roma tomato market in Florida continuesits lethargic path of mediocrity. With such limitedproduction and demand on all sizes of this item, marketpricing is virtually unaffected. The most prevalent ofsizes continues to be the bigger fruit (extra large andjumbo), but ample supplies of large and medium existas well. Pricing will continue to be steady out of thisregion for next week as well.The Mexico roma market is steady, even after acomparatively lighter week last week, many shippersare reporting higher crossings and yields for the pastfive days, causing no change in the market pricing forany size.CarrotsCarrots market is starting to show some strength andprices are firming up. Quality is good with suppliesbeginning to get lighter. Georgia Cello carrots are stillavailable with moderate supply and good quality.CeleryFlorida markets remain steady with good supplyand quality. Oxnard continues to be the main Celeryproduction area, with Yuma finishing this week. Qualityis good and the market is steady with no changeexpected until demand improves. Celery will continueto be available in Oxnard through the end of June.Green OnionsThis market is steady with good supplies. Expectproductions to continue to be steady throughoutthe week.GarlICGarlic is still coming from California and China. Demandand supplies are stable. Quality is reported to be good.BroccoliSupplies from Yuma are down again this week causingmarkets to increase. This will continue throughoutthe month of March. Most shippers will finish in Yumaby mid month. Shippers are transitioning to Salinaswith light supplies and more shippers will transitionto Salinas by mid month. Quality is still good and themarket is slightly stronger due to different supplysituations from each grower/shipper.CucumbersThe cucumber market is lower this week. Withoff-shore Honduran crop winding down, quality is fairto poor. Harvesting of the late winter Florida crop hasbegun and as production continues to increase we willsee much better quality and supplies than we haveseen from off-shore. Western cucumber markets aretight but steady. Quality varies from grower to growerwith pricing reflecting the quality.Bell PeppersPeppers supplies are steady however; the sizing ispeaking on large with limited volume of XL and jumboavailable. The market continues to be high onlarger sizes. Quality is inconsistent from both Mexicoand Florida.AsparagusMexico asparagus continues to have steady availability.Markets are steady but production has peaked so weshould see a stronger market in the next few weeks.Quality continues to be nice with two-tiered pricing;standard size being steady and some deals are availableon small and large sizes.Green BeansThe green beans market is steady with light demandthis week. Supplies are picking up and quality is good.9
producetropicalPineapplesThe pineapple industry is showing stronger numbersthan last week, but there are reports of higherthan normal quantities of poor quality pines in themarketplace. Expect stable production moving forward.The pineapple markets are flat.BananasBanana pricing is very firm and there are no reportedissues concerning quality. The banana markets are even.AvocadosAvocado demand is strong and supplies are stable.Mexico remains the largest supplier at this time, andthe domestic harvest season is not expected tocommence for some weeks. This season’s Californiancrop is expected to fall short of the volume outputsa year ago and avocado pricing is anticipated to risein the coming weeks. For the time being the avocadomarkets are steady.BerriesBlackberriesThe imported Mexican blackberry deal continuesto change rapidly as a result of recent rains andweather. Many growers have pruned back to improveon available quality. The demand for blackberries isstronger than anticipated so look for this market to beactive for the next couple of weeks. Quality is only fair.The blackberry markets are flat.StrawberriesThe strawberry industry is showing some strongproduction out of multiple growing regions acrossthe county. The markets look to be setting up nicelyfor better quality berries than this time last year. Thestrawberry markets are level.RaspberriesThe raspberry industry is showing some betterproduction recently and pricing has started to relax tomore appropriate levels. Quality is being reported asgood with a few fair lots showing up. The raspberrymarkets are flat.10BlueberriesImported Chilean blueberries are almost done for theseason and small production has started out of Floridaand California. Quality is reported rougher this yeardue to the recent USDA fumigation regulations. Theblueberry markets are flat.GrapesThe grape market is strengthening as harvest finishesup on flames and transitions into crimsons. Greensare starting to come in and are expected to be of muchhigher quality. Production out of California and Mexicois expected before the start of May which is roughlytwo weeks ahead of normal. The grape marketsare flat.MelonsCantaloupesThe cantaloupe industry is fairly steady with gooddemand and stable supplies. Larger melons areshowing tighter volumes than smaller ones, and overallcantaloupe quality is excellent with good internal andexternal colors and good sugars. Expect better suppliesin a few weeks which may help ease the market abit. Domestic harvesting is projected for May, and thecantaloupe markets are lower.HONEYDEWSThe honeydew industry is showing decent volumes outMexico and South America. Overall quality is very goodwith excellent coloring and good sugars. Supplies areexpected to remain steady for the near term, but maystrengthen before the domestic harvest gets underwaycome May. The honeydew markets are down.WatermelonThe watermelon industry continues to settle downand better supplies are expected out of Mexico inthe coming weeks. Melon quality has improved, butremains short of ideal desirability. The watermelonmarkets are flat.
produceHANGIng FRUITApplesApple volume was down for the first week in March byover 100 loads. Red Delicious and Honeycrisp shipmentswere up, while the rest were either even or down. Themarket is generally stable across the board on other allvarieties and the apple markets are flat.PearsThere are still green Bartlett pears available, butdemand is higher for Anjou ones. The first ArgentineBartlett vessel arrived last week and several importersare reporting shortages due to brisk sales. The nextvessel is scheduled to arrive shortly and the pearmarkets are flat.Stone FruitThe Californian stone fruit season is projected to starta little earlier this year with volumes expected beforethe start of June. Currently there are some Chileanpeaches available in Los Angeles, and the stone fruitmarkets remain flat.citrusLemonsThe lemon market is stable and strengthening asvolumes out of both Districts One and Two are steadywith excellent demand. Overall quality is good with nicecoloring, good strength, and excellent juice content.Expect good supplies moving forward and expect themarket to continue strengthening as volumes out ofDistrict One begin to dwindle. The lemon marketsare flat.GrapefruitSupply continues to exceed demand on grapefruit thisweek. There remains a heavy emphasis on exports, andpricing is still low. Expect pricing to remain shallowfor the next couple weeks before the end of the monthwhen volumes will be reduced. The grapefruit marketsare flat.OrangesThe orange market is steady but strong as smaller fruitis starting to strengthen up. Expect to see this trendcontinue as the later varieties arrive in the comingmonths. The overall quality of oranges is very good withgreat color, great strength, and excellent eating quality.Valencia’s are expected to start their harvest beforeMay, and the orange markets are flat.LimesThe lime markets are up again this week. The effectsof last year’s hurricane season are still being felt andthere remains an extreme shortage of fruit. What isavailable is of poor quality. Supplies are very limitedand demand greatly exceeds available quantity. Thisshortage is expected to continue for the next fewweeks and many lots are showing weather relatedissues (i.e. bad stylar, brown spots, and light coloring).11