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February 7, 2019
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Apples
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Subject    2/27/2020 - - Apples
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  • All varieties are now available & the new Cosmic Crisp had it's debut & they're out of the stores now.
  • Pricing continues to be all over the board, with many shippers & there are various deals on slightly aged product.
  • There's many small apples this season, which helps Food Service. Overall quality is good on all varieties.
  • Beginning to see the market firm up on Fuji & Pink Lady with pricing moving up. Quality continues to be good.
Onions
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Subject    2/27/2020 - - Onions
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  • Shippers enjoyed very active trading with strong prices during the first three weeks of the year. 

  • The market has cooled since then prompting growers to reduce prices slightly to maintain movement. 

  • Which is somewhat confusing since supplies are said to be short for the season. Take advantage of this price dip while it lasts. 

  • The storage onion market, which is very similar to last years', has a high potential to take off in the near future. 

  • Whites and reds are crossing in small volume from Mexico which has put pressure on those colors of storage crop as well.

  • WA and Idaho Yellow Sweets are available.  Organic red, yellows, Whites and sweets are available as well.

  • Quality and condition is generally good with the occasional quality issue being reported.

Pears
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Subject    2/27/2020 - - Pears
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  • Bosc, Red pears, Comice, & D'Anjou are all available.
  • Some shippers are finishing Bartletts & Comice for the season, while a few will still have c.a. storage Bartletts into the 1st part of 2020.
  • 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. But overall quality continues to be good.
Potatoes
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Subject    2/27/2020 - - Potatoes
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  • Market remains strong.  Large cartons remain in high demand - from export as well as across the US and competing growing states. 
  • Potato packers from other states continue to attempt to buy large size potatoes from WA.
  • Small size cartons and consumer size potatoes are in good supply with steady pricing. 
  • There are even the occasional "deals" on 100's and 90's from select shippers peaking on smaller profiles.   
  • Quality and condition remain good in the NW, Russet ORGANICs are available!!
Colored Potatoes
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Subject    2/27/2020 - - Colored Potatoes
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  • Mt. Vernon District; all colors are available with steady prices and movement......so far.  

  • White supplies may end sooner this season due to weather challenges.

  • Prices remain steady for Red and yellow Fingerlings and Organics are available.  Color and condition is outstanding.

  • Eastern WA has light supplies of Red and Yellows.

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Berries
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Subject    2/27/2020 - - Berries
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  • Just as we get use to better weather and supplies of STRAWBERRIES, California gets hit with cold to freezing temperatures the past few days. 
  • Bad timing for the Valentine's Day Holiday pull.  Expect strawberries to be extremely limited for the next 3-5 days. 
  • BLUEBERRY supplies will start to diminish as rain in Chile affected their harvest and Peru is past harvest peak. 
  • Mexico is providing adequate supplies, just not abundant volumes. 
  • Recent cold/freezing temps in the berry growing region have affected the Raspberry plants. 
  • Off shore supplies will continue to increase helping to off-set shortages of California fruit
  • Broccoli
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Broccoli
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    • Better weather has increased supplies.
    • After seeing limited supplies brought on by cold temperatures, the current warmer weather has doubled the production. 
    • The market is about as low as it can go right now. 
    • Supplies coming from Mexico, Salinas, Santa Maria and the Desert, now is the time to promote broccoli, broccoli crown cut, and broccoli florets.
    Cauliflower
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Cauliflower
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    • Quality and condition is good. Supplies are lighter due to colder temps. Markets look to be steady through the week.
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Celery
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    • Celery market continues its flat trend with plenty of supplies on all sizing. Quality is excellent, great color and appearance.
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Iceberg Lettuce
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    • We are experiencing good supplies and we will for the next couple of weeks. 
    • Dry-warm weather in the ICEBERG lettuce growing areas will help to improve head size, higher weights and outstanding quality. 
    • The market is down and all lettuce products are now promotable.
    Leaf Lettuces
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Leaf Lettuces
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    • Much like every crop being grown in the Desert, the recent better weather has helped increase production of all leaf items.  
    • The quality has improved as head size and weights have increased. The added influx of supplies the market is at yearly lows.
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    Avocado
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Avocado
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    • Mexico Avocado numbers peaked last month for the "Big Game".  We are seeing decent supplies crossing. 

    • Demand continues strong for the 48's and larger fruit and this market continues stay firm.   Quality is good. 

    • Peaking sizes on 60/48/70's and is expected to remain this way for the next month or so; leaving large sizes tight. 

    • Though fairly clean we are seeing some #2 which is moving out quickly.

    • California is harvesting light numbers but these supplies are not effecting the market.   Fruit here is peaking 60/70/48's.  

    • This area should start to ramp up in volume late February early March. 

    • Market here is the same as that of Mexican product, occasionally a little stronger.

    Carrots
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Carrots
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    • Processed Carrot supplies are steady and moving well on regular & organic. 
    • Conventional Carrots are finally seeing some size as such Jumbo market came off slightly.
    • Don't forget we have a nice line of Rainbow Organics to offer as well. 
    Grapes
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Grapes
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    • We are shipping Peruvian & Chilean Grapes on both East & West coast.  Fruit is looking very nice; clean pack; market is still strong on Reds. 

    • Berry and bunch sizes are looking very good. In general we have better supplies of Green at this time.  

    • Look for Reds to improve by the end of next week and the Greens to start tightening up the week of the 24th.

    Lemons
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Lemons
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    • Calif Lemons are now mostly harvesting Dist 1 (Central Calif).  Fruit in general is peaking 140/115.  Demand has been good. 
    • With the rains Central Calif had fruit has sized up as such small fruit (165/200/235) is a bit snug.
    • Market is relatively steady expect for small fruit.  Packs are clean; very few standard grade.
    • Lent is coming up soon demand is going to spike and so with the markets.... call for ads now.
    Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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    • Cantaloupe supplies are looking good arriving from Honduras/Costa Rica. 

    • Supplies arriving to the west coast have been light this last week but good on the east. 

    • As such market is staying fairly steady on all sizes.  Quality has been good to excellent.  

    • Sizing as been mostly 9/12/J9 with the 15's on the short size.  Don't anticipate the west coast market to improve until later in the month. 

    • Contrarily Honeydew supplies are looking betting currently in the west with sizing 5/6/J5 and a few 8. 

    • Fruit is from Honduras/Guatemala and new districts in Mexico.   Market is steady with good quality.

    Oranges
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Oranges
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    • Navel demand was slow last week on both grades. The market is unsettled, with pricing on Choice grade moving out fast.
    • We have better supplies of fancy 88's and larger available; with fruit peaking 56/72.  
    • Look for shippers to start moving into some gibbed lots (this fruit will show a green tinge on the blossom end). 
    • In general color and sugar are very good.
    • Cara Cara demand is moderate.  The market fairly steady with fruit peaking fancy 72's.  
    • We are seeing a little bit more on choice 72-113's.  Packing ½ cartons, full cartons and bags. The fruit is eating very well at this time
    • Demand has slowed for Blood oranges.  Most are being packed in 1/2 cartons with the fruit peaking (like navels) on f72/56's. 
    • The rind color is deep orange with blush, and the interior color is Red to dark Red.  The fruit is eating well.  We should have supplies through March. 
    • Call for sizing and supply availability.
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Specialty Citrus
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    • Calif Clementine are peaking on 36/32's and color is nice.  Various packs available let us know your interest and we will get you covered. 
    • Currently cleaning up on the Clementine's moving into Tango and Murcott.
    • Oro Blanco are moving out very fast as are Pummelo for the Lunar New Year celebrations. 
    • Both are great eaters for those looking for a white flesh grapefruit type.  Very thick skins but boy can they eat. 
    • Minneolas are finally starting to pick in Central Calif.... this has been slow going as most crews are tied up on Oranges/Lemon harvesting. 
    • Fruit in general is peaking 100/80/125's and the market is stable. 
    Kiwi
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Kiwi
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    • Calif Kiwi is all packing from storage  to order.   Supplies are down slightly; fruit is firm and most sizes are available.  
    • Market is moving up on popular school sizes 36/39/42.  This will continue through the storage crop. 
    • Italian fruit is also now available on the east coast.  Call for pricing and availability.
    Stone Fruit
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Stone Fruit
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      • Arils (Pomegranate seeds) are now from Peru & Chile.... supplies are starting to pick back up. 
      • We can offer a variety of pack sizes packed to order.  
      • Asian Pears are cleaning up look for Chilean / Peru imports to start filling this void in about 2-3 weeks. 
      • Imported Peaches/Nectarines and Plums are now available with fair numbers.  Consolidation is available. 
      • Color and sizing is looking nice. The markets are up and fairly steady.  Call for details.
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    Cabbage
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Cabbage
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    • Good supplies from Florida. Prices Red Type are slightly higher, others generally unchanged.  Quality is generally good.
    Corn
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Corn
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    • Moderate supplies from Florida. Prices are slightly higher. Quality is generally good.
    Cucumber
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Cucumber
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    • Moderate supplies Central America imports  Port of Entry South Florida. Prices are lower.
    Eggplant
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Eggplant
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    • Good supplies from Florida. Prices medium much higher, Fair quality is generally unchanged.  
    Green Beans
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Green Beans
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    • Moderate supplies from Florida. Prices are lower. Quality is generally good.
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Green Bell Pepper
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    • Light supplies from Florida expected to increase. Cooler than normal temperatures have curtailed most harvest.
    Sweet Potatoes
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Sweet Potatoes
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    • Moderate supplies from Carolina, Mississipi and Louisiana. Prices are generally unchanged. Quality is generally good.
    Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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    • Moderate supplies from Florida.  Prices are much lower. Quality is generally good.
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Cucumbers
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    • Cucumber prices are up.  Supplies are a little lighter this week.  Product is crossing through Nogales. 
    • English and mini cucumbers are also crossing through Nogales.
    Beef Steak Tomatoes
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Beef Steak Tomatoes
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    • Prices are up. There are less supplies available this week.  Product is crossing through Nogales.
    Grape Tomatoes
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Grape Tomatoes
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    • Grape tomatoes prices are higher.  Supplies are steady. Product is crossing through Nogales.
    Peppers
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Peppers
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    • Green Bells are up this week.  Supplies are down.  Product is crossing through Nogales.  Red, yellow and orange bells are also up.
    Roma Tomatoes
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Roma Tomatoes
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    • Romas are up this week.  Supplies are down.   Product is crossing through Nogales.
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Chili Peppers
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    • Trading is moderate. Movement expected to be the same. Prices on Habanero generally unchanged, Jalapeno slightly lower, others lower.
    • Quality is variable.
    Lime
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Lime
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    • Movement expected about the same.  Supplies fairly heavy. Trading early moderate, late slow.
    • Prices lower. Quality is variable.
    Mango
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Mango
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    • Crossings expected to increase seasonally. Supplies insufficient to establish a market. Quality is variable.
    • The first F.O.B. report of Ataulfo is expected to be issued the week of February 16.
    Melons
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Melons
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    • Mexico season has ended.
    Mexican Avocado
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Mexican Avocado
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    • Movement expected to decrease. Trading is fairly slow. Prices on 60s generally unchanged, others lower
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Mexican Onions
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    • Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Pineapple
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    • Crossings expected to increase seasonally. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
    • Quality is generally good. The first F.O.B. report is expected to be issued the week of February 16.
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    Subject    2/27/2020 - - Watermelons
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    • Movement expected about the same. Trading early slow, late fairly slow. Prices are lower. Quality is variable.
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