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March 12, 2020
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Apples
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Subject    5/30/2020 - - Apples
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  • Most all varieties are now available.
  • Pricing continues to be all over the board, with many shippers & there are various deals on slightly aged product.
  • Overall quality is good on all the varieties. Beginning to see the market firm up on Honeycrisp & Pink Lady with pricing moving up.
  • There's mixed pricing and the quality continues to be good.
Onions
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Subject    5/30/2020 - - Onions
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  • NW Onions, to include ID, OR & WA, have been enduring low demand on a down market for several weeks now, arguably with no apparent cause. 

  • Although New Crop onions are crossing from Mexico and Brawley is just around the corner.

  • The slowness in February caught some weak marketers off guard. 

  • Most shippers are running the sheds hard to cover Jumbos orders and tend to have flush supplies of Mediums as a consequence.

  • Hint: there are killer deals on Medium Yellows.   Reds are steady.  White storage supplies are in fewer hands.

  • Mixed quality is being reported but for the most part, quality is good. Sweet onions are available as well as Organic Red, Yellows & sweets.

Pears
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Subject    5/30/2020 - - Pears
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  • Bosc, Red pears, Comice, & D'Anjou are all available. Some shippers are almost done with Bartletts & Comice for the season.
  • Sizing has been on the smaller side this season, with larger sizes demanding higher pricing.
  • There are various deals on slightly aged product, but most deals are on long inventories.
  • Pricing has firmed up with less of the lower grade fruit available. Overall quality continues to be good.
Potatoes
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Subject    5/30/2020 - - Potatoes
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  • Russet Potatoes remain in short supply with strong demand in all districts.
  • Large sized cartons are getting the most press and reflecting the highest FOB’s.
  • However consumer packs, including size A supplies, are starting to get hit hard.
  • Repackers from across the USA, as well as Canada are beginning to seek supplies to offset their local shortages. This is happening earlier than normal.
  • At the same time many are looking to lock in prices for the season.
  • Note that growers are savvy enough to not do that-knowing this market will continue go UP!
  • Needless to say, supplies are obviously not increasing in storage– stay ahead of ordering with advanced notice to stay covered for the season.
  • Quality and condition are good. Organic Russets available.
Colored Potatoes
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Subject    5/30/2020 - - Colored Potatoes
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  • The Mt Vernon district has good supplies of High color Reds and beautiful Yellow potatoes.
  • Only a handful of shippers remain with whites. Plenty of very nice looking Purple potatoes. Fingerlings are almost finished for the season.
  • Organic colors nearly finished. Quality and condition remain outstanding.
  • Eastern WA and southern Idaho have moderately priced Red and yellow supplies that mix nicely with your Russet orders.
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Berries
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Subject    5/30/2020 - - Berries
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  • RAIN RAIN GO AWAY. 
  • The recent rains in California and Mexico have created shortages of STRAWBERRIES.
  • Demand will continue to remain strong and after the shippers assess the damage from the rains, supplies will become even more limited. 
  • We are in the last couple of weeks of Mexican fruit.
  • After these rains and we will see better supplies in 10 days, just in time to start talking about Easter.
  • We should be ok with small orders of BLACKBERRIES. Imports are regular, while local product is hindered by rains.
  • BLUEBERRIES The overall market is going to remain snug and supplies limited as the import season comes to an end.
  • We should be in good supplies of RASPBERRIES, if not for the rains.  After the rains and the plant stripings, we will see better supplies in 10 days.
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Broccoli
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    • Recent rains in the Desert, Santa Maria and Mexico this week have played havoc with both the Bunch Broccoli and Broccoli crowns. 
    • The market has steadily increased since Monday and will continue to climb into next week. 
    • After this adverse weather week, look for quality problems to presist next week.
    Cauliflower
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Cauliflower
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    • Cauliflower is extremly tight. Very light supplies. Yuma is winding down fast.
    • Santa Maria & Salinas are getting some rain so not as much coming out of those regions. Quality and condition is good.   
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Celery
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    • Good supplies out of Oxnard, and Yuma, AZ. Quality is very nice with consistent sizing.  
    Iceberg Lettuce
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Iceberg Lettuce
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    • Poor weather (RAIN) this week when it should be nice and warm, has driven prices up. 
    • We can see the light at the end of the tunnel with the Desert season getting close to finishing up. 
    • Huron and Santa Maria should see some production of Palletized and Cello Wrap ICEBERG the end of next week.  
    Leaf Lettuces
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Leaf Lettuces
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    • As with the Green Leaf, Red leaf lettuce is available but due to adverse weather (RAIN) harvesting crews cannot get into the fields to pack. 
    • Pricing will move up this week, but after the bad weather we should get back to normal supplies. New week but the same scenario. 
    • Beautiful weather, plenty of product and very little demand.  The markets are about as low as they can go.
    • Again, RAIN is the main culprit that is causing the increase in the ROMAINE market.
    • While supplies might be slightly down, the market is reacting to the lack of harvest due to adverse weather.  Should be normal supplies next week.
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    Avocado
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Avocado
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    • Mexico will still be main supplier of fruit.

    • The market is staying up and seeing lighter crossing of both 40 & larger as well as 70's & smaller. (go figure the book end).

    • We are seeing fairly steady supplies of 40/60's from this area as well.

    • Keep in mind this situation can and will change rapidly. Calif is harvesting though the crop is not enough to affect the market currently.

    • Calif fruit is sizing predominately 48/60's

    Carrots
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Carrots
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    • Conventional packed carrots are finally showing some good sizing as such the Jumbo market has come off slightly.

    • #2 product is still on the tighter side. Processed Carrots steady and moving well. keep in mind we can offer out both conventional and organic.

    Grapes
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Grapes
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    • We are finally seeing some movement on Grapes.

    • Green seedless supplies are starting to tighten up and the market here at least is showing some strength. 

    • Red seedless are in good supplies and shippers are looking to move.  Quality on grapes is good with nice bunch and berry size. 

    Lemons
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Lemons
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    • Calif Lemon crop is going well with mostly larger sizes available (95/115).  165 and smaller are just going to get tighter as the season progresses. 
    • Market is a gaining strength on small fruit.  Fruit in general is packing out clean.
    Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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    • Cantaloupe- Good supplies on both coast of imported fruit coming in from Guatemala with Honduras and Costa Rica starting to wind down. 

    • All sizes are available and quality is looking very nice.  Market is flat.

    • Honeydew- Nice supplies from offshore countries coming in and we will start to see new crop Mexican fruit crossing here over the next 10 days. 

    • Mexico should have good steady supplies for the next two months. 

    • Quality is good and the market here is slightly stronger at this time but not expected to hold for long.

    Oranges
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Oranges
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    • We have good supplies of Navels 72's and larger and shippers are looking to push. 
    • Market is flat at this time for the most part.  Only sizes with any demand are 113/138 which are staying fairly clean on the floor. 
    • We also have Cara Cara & Blood Oranges; good color on both and sizing is predominantly 72/88's.
    Specialty Citrus
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Specialty Citrus
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    • Calif Mandarins/Tangerines are showing good color and sugar at this time with various pack styles available. 
    • Also going but showing some occasional issues are Minneola.
    Kiwi
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Kiwi
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    • We are shipping all imports at this time.... mostly Italian with the Chilean fruit around the corner.  All sizes are available. 
    • Market is still up and expected to stay strong until late April at which time supplies will be better (Italian & Chilean both going).
    Stone Fruit
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Stone Fruit
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      • Still working through Chilean treefruit have good supplies of Peaches/Nectarines/Asian Pears as well as Red & Black Plums. 
      • Sizing predominatley 40-56's. 
      • Also available are Arils in various packs.  DOMESTIC tree fruit is still 6-8 weeks away here in Calif. 
      • The bloom looked good and bees were definitely working.
      • Now just a matter of time and spring showers to see what we will have to fill your needs.
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    Cabbage
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Cabbage
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    • Steady supplies from Florida. Prices on round green type higher, other generally unchanged. Quality is generally good. 
    Corn
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Corn
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    • Moderate supplies from Florida. Prices are higher. Quality is generally good.
    Cucumber
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Cucumber
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    • Light supplies from Central America imports.   Light supplies from Florida expected to increase within 7-14 days.
    Eggplant
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Eggplant
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    • Steady supplies from Florida. Quality is generally good. 
    Green Beans
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Green Beans
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    • Light supplies from Florida. Trading is fairly active.  Prices are much lower. Quality is generally good.
    Green Bell Pepper
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Green Bell Pepper
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    • Good supplies from Florida and are expected to increase.  Trading is fairly active. Prices are generally unchanged. Quality is generally good. 
    Sweet Potatoes
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Sweet Potatoes
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    • Moderate supplies from Mississippi and Lousiana. Prices are unchanged. Quality is generally good.
    Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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    • Squash- Steady supplies from Florida.  Conventional and Organic Yellow straight neck generally unchanged. Quality is generally good.
    • Zucchini- Steady supplies from Florida.  Prices Conventional and Organic Zucchini lower. Quality is generally good.
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Cucumbers
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    • Cucumbers remain up this week. There is a gap in production and supplies remain tight. 
    • We should start to see some relief in a couple of weeks when we transition to a new growing area. 
    • Baja should also start crossing product in a week or 2.  There is a good supply of Long English cucumbers.
    Beef Steak Tomatoes
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Beef Steak Tomatoes
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    • Prices are steady. There are less supplies available this week.  Product is crossing through Nogales.
    Grape Tomatoes
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Grape Tomatoes
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    • Mexico’s production seems to be on the rebound as additional shippers are back in the mix despite some recent rain in the growing areas.
    • Florida farms are projecting light but steady volumes for the next few weeks. Demand has been light, so the current supply is adequate
    Peppers
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Peppers
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    • Green Bell prices are steady this week, supplies are improving.  There should be good supplies available in a couple of weeks.
    Roma Tomatoes
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Roma Tomatoes
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    • Florida’s roma volume should continue at a steady but light pace for the next few weeks until more acreage comes online in April.
    • Quality has been very nice.
    • Fortunately, West Mexico’s crops continue to improve with better supplies and quality coming the further we move past the previous weather.
    • New crops are coming online to help with supply as well.
    • Although we’re not back to “normal” levels yet, supply has improved considerably over recent weeks.
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Chili Peppers
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    • Movement expected about the same. Trading early is fairly active.
    • Prices Serrano much higher, Anaheim and Habanero higher, others slightly higher. Quality is variable.
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Lime
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    • Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading is active.
    • Prices on 110s higher, others slightly higher. 40 pound cartons Seedless type; quality is variable. 250s (supplies very light).
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Mango
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    • Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading early active, late is moderate.
    • Prices on 12-14s lower, others slightly lower. Quality is variable.
    • Crossings of Tommy Atkins expected to increase the week of March 15
    Mexican Onions
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Mexican Onions
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    • Movement is expected to increase. Trading is Moderate. Prices on Yellow colossal, cartons, whites & medium reds lower, others unchanged.
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Pineapple
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    • Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading 5-6s active, others active at lower prices. Prices on 5-6s slightly higher, others lower.
    • Quality is variable.
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    Subject    5/30/2020 - - Watermelons
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    • Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading is active. Prices are higher. Quality is variable.
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