PRODUCE EGGPLANT Michigan is the main sourcing region. Current market is flat over last week. Quality is good. BELL PEPPERS Green: Growing regions out of Tennessee, North Carolina and Michigan have reached a lot of rain this week. Market is slightly lower this week. Quality is generally good but is becoming variable due to the weather. Western supplies continue to be weak but demand is even weaker. Market is slightly down on all sizes compared to last week. Red: Supplies are improving which is causing the flat over last week. Quality is variable. TOMATOES Rounds: Supplies continue to be fragmented and light in Alabama, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Demand is picking up which is causing the market to go up over last week. Hot and rainy weather has caused volume and quality to be spotty. Vine ripes continue to cross at Baja and McAllen. Some vine ripes are crossing through Nogales. Supplies are light, paired with increasing demand, has caused the market to go up over last week. Quality is variable. Romas: Like the rounds, Roma supplies are light and fragmented in the East. Market is down on all sizes over last week due to light demand. Quality is variable due to heat and storms. Western supplies continue out of Baja and California. Supplies for larger romas are becoming short, which caused the market to go up on large. Excessive heat is causing some quality issues. Cherry and Grape: Cherry supplies and demand are light. Market is slightly up over last week. Grape supplies continue out of North Carolina and Virginia Eastern Shore fields. Current market is slightly down over last week. Western grapes continue out of Baja but supplies are lighter, which is causing the market to go up. Quality is variable. CARROTS Carrot market is mixed this week. Carrots out of Kern District, California are flat. Carrots out of Mexico crossing through Texas are down. Supply is good and demand is moderate. Quality is good. CELERY Celery market is mixed this week. Celery out of Michigan is down. Celery out of Salinas-Watsonville, California is down. Celery out of Santa Maria, California is down. Supply and demand are good. Quality is good. 8 GREEN ONIONS Green onion market is up this week with light supply and moderate demand. Light supply is due to lighter supplies out of Northern Mexico. High temperatures and humidity have the slowed growth. Expect lighter supplies to continue through the month of August. CAULIFLOWER Cauliflower market is up this week with moderate supply and good demand. Quality is good. ASPARAGUS Asparagus market is mixed this week. Standard, large and jumbo asparagus out of Peru is down while extra large and small asparagus is up. Asparagus out of Mexico is up on both standard and large. Supply is fairly light and demand is good. BROCCOLI Broccoli market is mixed this week. Broccoli out of Salinas-Watsonville, California is down. Broccoli out of Santa Maria, California is up. Supply is steady and demand is light. Expect supplies to be steady over the next few weeks. Quality is good. TROPICAL PINEAPPLES Import volumes on Gold Pineapples continue to be up every week as expected. We are in the “pre-fall” push where size profile is larger and overall availability is strong in support of the coming holiday ads. Quality is excellent with high sugar content. BANANAS The banana market has improved as volume picks up. Plantings and harvest are aligned for full production with school starting. Volumes are good and fruit quality is strong MANGOS Supply is abundant with good volume. Quality is good and prices are reasonable. AVOCADOS The ever-changing avocado market continues to make headlines as this weekend brought another change to the Mexican harvest. Floor inventories at shipping point and the border cleaned up and harvest halted. The size profile has shifted from a smaller profile to a larger pack, where 48s and 60s are now more abundant. Markets are not softening, as demand has picked up too.
PRODUCE MELONS CANTALOUPE/ HONEYDEW Cantaloupe: The market is mixed as some growers are peaking on small fruit. 9s and larger are keeping strong demand. The overall quality is excellent with a nice clean, tight net occasional green cast, but mostly straw cast. Honeydew: The market is steady with good supplies across the board peaking on 6s. The overall quality is excellent with nice, clean fruit BERRIES RASPBERRIES Steady volume with consistent good quality. California volume trending higher. STRAWBERRIES We are seeing this market start to tighten up. Prices are slightly up and supplies are getting tighter. Due to recent weather conditions, it slowed production and resulted in smaller size fruit. Production is good while quality is average to good. We are seeing a decline in supply. CHERRIES Dark sweet cherries out of Washington continue to be steady in supply. Mid-July volume is expected to drop off quickly, and harvest will finish by month’s end. Market prices remain steady. GRAPES The grape market is steady with good to fair demand. Growers are harvesting all throughout the San Joaquin Valley and will continue through November. The overall quality of the fruit has been very good with excellent color on the reds. HANGING FRUIT APPLES & PEARS Galas from the Northwest have opened up with reasonable pricing and good quality. There is a slight push on large Fujis. Movement on most apples remains steady. California pears are stable with movement and quality remaining unchanged. CITRUS LEMONS The market is steady to strong as growers are trying to finish up the coastal regions. Mexico has started in a light way and volume will increase more in the coming weeks. The overall quality of California fruit is fair, with a wide range in maturity and some clear rot is showing up across the board. The first Mexican fruit looks very good. ORANGES Market is very strong on 113s and smaller as growers are peaking on some bigger fruit. The 138s are in a demandexceeds-supply situation until California navels start around the first of November. The overall quality of the fruit is good, with some fruit showing heavier green color due to our hot temperatures and the natural reaction of a later season Valencia. There are some Chilean navels that have some very nice deep orange color that have arrived on both coasts. California navels will start around the first of November and go through about June. LIMES The lime market continues to rise and is expected to continue upward and stay strong. The rain in Mexico is hurting the volume of fruit being harvested, but good yields are expected when the rain subsides. Quality remains good and all sizes are available. BLUEBERRIES Blueberry season is at its peak. Steady production and supply. Quality is good. BLACKBERRIES Supply is steady. Some growers are gapping in between varieties. Demand has increased slightly with much smaller volume. 9 08 2016 SPE-2016080101