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January 18, 2018
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Apples
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Apples
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  • Apple market continues to be bullish in WA on most varieties. The shorter crop has kept pricing on the higher end.
  • Small sizes 100's/smaller continue to be tighter & almost non-existent on Granny Smith & Golden Delicious.
  • Food service sizes 113-198's on most varieties will be tight in WA for the rest of the season. Overall quality has been good.
Onions
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Onions
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  • Market remains active and prices are staying high.  Relatively higher than they have been since harvest anyway. 
  • The current prices allow growers to possibly break even for the year after the first several months of below cost FOB's.   
  • Both Yellow and Red Medium onions have been tight all season and are demanding a slightly higher FOB than the Jumbos.
  • Clearly onion availability and demand has turned a poor marketing year around to become a sellers market.
  • That is not to say this market will spin out of control, however it makes sense to stay a bit more ahead of inventories as supplies may become a challenge for the rest of the storage season. 
  • Heavy pull on White onions from Mexico has doubled the prices in some districts.
  • This will last at least until the end of January or beginning of February when White onions will be imported from Mexico and may level things out. 
  • Yellow Sweets are available. All colors of Organics are available as well.
Pears
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Pears
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  • NW C.A.. storage Bartletts, Bosc, D'Anjou, Red Anjou, Comice, Seckels, & Forelle pears available.
  • There's various deals on aged product. Quality is good. Overall, a good mix of sizes available.
  • Much like the apples, pear pricing continues to be on the stronger side.
Colored Potatoes
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Colored Potatoes
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  • Eastern WA has availability of Yellow & Red potatoes. Organic Red and Yellows are available in Eastern WA as well. 
  • Mt. Vernon District - good supplies of Red and Yellow. Heavy to the size A this season.
  • Whites will finish by the end of January which is later than normal this season.
  • Good quality and excellent color on all four colors including Fingerlings are available as well as Organics.
  • California has White and Yellow onions now. Most Reds in CA are being brought down from WA.  
Potatoes
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Potatoes
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  • Market UP!  HIGH DEMAND on Cartons.  Export demand in WA continues to be strong. 
  • All growing districts are realizing that there is in fact a shortage of storage potatoes this growing season, in the states as well as in EU.   
  • Many shippers in WA state are running shorter schedules to ensure supplies last into the summer.
  • Consumer pack price will most likely remain steady as the small profile in Idaho will produce many of them as sheds run for the high dollar cartons.  
  • Russet Organics are available in most districts. Overall, quality is excellent in all growing districts this season.
  • Idaho is offering Burbank and Norkotah varieties.
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Berries
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  • Strawberries- Mexico prices down a little as supply increases. Rain in Oxnard this week will cause quality problems for CA berries.
  • Raspberries- Supply is tight. Market is high. Expect pro rates--quality is medium.
  • Blackberry - Supply and quality is good out of Mexico and volume increasing out East.
  • Blueberry - Quality issues, a lot of tagged arrivals--a lot of open on the market--fruit quality is fair.
Broccoli
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Broccoli
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  • Cooler weather and rain returned to the desert, continuing to slow down supplies.
  • Prices have remained firm on bunched, and even more so on crowns.
  • Expect this trend to continue throughout this week, and most likely next. Quality is being reported as fair.
Cauliflower
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Cauliflower
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  • Cauliflower market looks to come off next week. Weather says it will be warmer so product should be more plentiful.

  • Quality and condition is still looking good. Look for deals on 16's and 9's. 

Celery
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Celery
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  • Oxnard is finished. Volumes are still very light. The market will stay high as desert volumes ramp up.
Iceberg Lettuce
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Iceberg Lettuce
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  • Last week we experienced seven days of ice, which is causing epidermal peel.
  • Harvest crews will do their best to peel any visible cap leaves showing the effects of ice.
  • Because of this, we are seeing lighter weights and lower yields, especially for processing.
Leaf Lettuces
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Leaf Lettuces
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  • Romaine and Green leaf quality is marginal. Red leaf is better.
  • Boston is good right now but with all the rain coming in from the Pacific and the previous cold, look for quality and supply to drop this week.
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Avocado
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Avocado
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  • Mexico's crossings are down slightly.  We are seeing a good run of all sizes.  
  • Demand is up with Super bowl pulls pulling heavy being seen.  Pricing is inching up due to demand and fuel shortages.   
  • Fruit is peaking 48/40/60's and quality is good to excellent. 
  • Chile is still bringing in but this has dropped significantly and is showing no real bearing on the markets
Carrots
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Carrots
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  • Processed carrot supplies are steady and moving well on regular as well as organic. 
  • Conventional carrots are in good demand and the market is up slightly on Jumbo/Cello/Clip Tops.  
  • Be sure to book early to get the packs and sizes you need.
Grapes
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Grapes
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  • Import Grapes are going from Chile & Peru. Supplies are very tight on both Red and Green Seedless.
  • Market is strong and advance booking is strongly encouraged. 
  • The situation is expected to stay this way into early February at least.
Lemons
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Lemons
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  • Lemon market has steadied with fruit shipping out of all areas.   Sizing continues 140/115. 

  • Quality is good with clean pack outs. Supplies are good and shippers are looking to move.   

  • Look for lemons to stay steady for the next 3-4 weeks.

  • Meyer Lemons are available being packed 1#/2#/10#/20# and 38# units.  Call for availability and pricing.

Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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  • Cantaloupe is sizing mostly 12.   
  • Supplies have improved slightly but market remains steady. 
  • Quality good on all offshore (Honduras/Guatemala) with color on the concrete to light tan side. 
  • We have seen some relaxing in this market but not expected to see big changes until supplies pick up in February.
  • Honeydew market is up and not looking to change for the next month or so. 
  • Demand exceeds with supplies very light due to growing issues in the fields. 
  • Fruit is also offshore with light supplies up out of Mexico.  Quality is fair to good.
Oranges
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Oranges
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  • Navels sugar and color are nice; with the fruit packing out clean heavy to fancy.
  • Sizing is starting to improve with a more 72 and a few 56/48 now available.   Movement has been steady. 
  • 56's and larger pricing continues to be stronger. 
  • Rains last week put a hurt on picking and packing which limited supplies. 
  • This week is supposed to be clear and everyone is anxious to get back into the fields. 
  • The fruit set looks good and we anticipate decent supplies this season. 
  • Cara Cara oranges are peaking 113/138/88's similar to Navels.   This variety is looking very nice and eating well this year. 
  • Packing mostly in 1/2 cartons but full cartons are available on request.
  • Blood Oranges are packing up in 1/2 cartons.  Exterior color is still on the light side but they are cutting an nice deep interior color. 
  • Like all Orange varieties they are small predominately this year 113/138/88.
Potatoes
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Potatoes
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  • California's New Potatoes are done for season.... time to move to Washington for the best quality.  Call our Mt Vernon office for pricing and availability.
Specialty Citrus
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Specialty Citrus
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  • Calif Ruby Grapefruit size is peaking 40/36 and color is improving. 
  • We will have supplies for a few months and will see some light supplies of Organic available to load out of southern Calif.
  • Mandarins (Clementine/Tango and soon WMurcotts) are going and are peaking around a 36 size.... large fruits are being snapped up by retailers.
  • Very good supplies this year.  Stem and Leaf are now available as well.
  • Minneola are going with the fruit peaking on 100/120's finished up in the desert and starting to harvest up in Central Calif.
  • Color and sugar on these is great right now.  Large sizes (80/64's) are a little lighter.
  • Also going now are Pummelos, Oro Blanco (Sweeties), and coming soon Royal Mandarins. Call for info.
Stone Fruit
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Stone Fruit
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  • We have good supplies and various packs of Arils (Pomegranate seeds). We can offer a variety of pack sizes packed to order. 
  • Asian Pears are packing great in 1 & 2 layer trays. Off shore fruit is starting to slowly arrive.
  • We are seeing gaps due to issues in Chile and containers releasing at the ports on Peaches/Nectarines/Red Plums/Cherries. 
  • All loading in LA area with consolidation in Central Calif with notice. Market will be firm until early Feb when supplies should get better.
Watermelon
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Watermelon
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  • Watermelon quality is fair with supplies very short our of  MX and Central America.  This trend is expected to continue for the next 3-4 weeks.   
  • Sizing is just fair.  Market will stay firm with growers pushing it up.
Kiwi
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Kiwi
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  • Calif Kiwi are now shipping with all sizes available. Market is starting to move up a bit as this season is on the down side. Quality is good.
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Cabbage
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Cabbage
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  • Supply very light; demand is moderate. Quality is generally good. Market is the same.
Corn
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Corn
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  • Moderate supplies from Florida. Quality is generally good.
Cucumber
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Cucumber
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  • Steady supplies from Florida.  Prices are higher. Quality is good overall.
Eggplant
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Eggplant
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  • Fairly light supplies from Florida. Market is higher; fair quality.
Green Beans
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Green Beans
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  • Supplies fairly light from Florida.; Prices on machine picked are higher. Quality is generally good.
Green Bell Pepper
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Green Bell Pepper
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  • Light supplies from Florida. Prices are higher. Quality is generally good.
Sweet Potatoes
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Sweet Potatoes
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  • Moderate supplies in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Prices are unchanged. Quality is generally good.
Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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  • Supply on yellow are light, demand is good. Zucchini moderate supply, lower market.  Quality is generally good.
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Cucumbers
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Cucumbers
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  • Cucumbers are up this week, supplies remain tight. Product is crossing through Nogales.
  • There are also English and mini cucumbers available but supplies are tight.
Beef Steak Tomatoes
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Beef Steak Tomatoes
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  • Prices are steady this week. There a few single layers crossing though Nogales, supplies are limited, mostly large sizes.
  • Cooler weather is limiting supplies.
Grape Tomatoes
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Grape Tomatoes
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  • Grape tomatoes are down this week. Supplies are improving, product is crossing through Nogales. Quality is good.
Roma Tomatoes
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Roma Tomatoes
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  • Roma prices are down this week, supplies are improving. Product is crossing through Nogales.
  • Rounds are steady; product is crossing through Nogales. Supplies should continue to improve in the coming weeks.
Peppers
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Peppers
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  • Green Peppers are up; supplies remain tight.  Red, Yellow and Orange peppers supplies have improved, prices are down a little this week.
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Chili Peppers
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Chili Peppers
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  • Limited supplies in good quality. Jalapeno prices are high; Poblano steady price and supplies.
  • Limited Habanero; moderate quality. Limited volume in Anaheim and Serrano; Prices in general are high due to limited supplies. 
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Lime
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  • Supplies are somewhat heavier this week in anticipation of higher demand for Super Bowl promotions.  Pricing remains the same.
Mango
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Mango
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  • The season out of Mexico has drawn to a close. Expect the Mexico season to begin again in February 2019.
Melons
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Melons
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  • Local season has completed.
Mexican Avocado
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Mexican Avocado
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  • Sizing is expected to be heavy to 48's and 60's.
  • Demand is strong on all sizes and prices have firmed up as buyers restock their coolers in preparation for the upcoming Super Bowl sales.
  • There were some delays with in bounds last week due to the fuel shortage in Mexico and that concern continues this week as well.
Mexican Onions
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Mexican Onions
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  • Rains and now frozen fields are continuing in Mexico and will be affecting even more supply.
  • Very limited supplies and high prices in White, Yellow and Red onions. Very few White Jumbo onions.
Pineapple
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Pineapple
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  • Cold temperatures are keeping the pineapple from coloring up; so we are seeing light crossings and  higher than usual prices for this time of the year.
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Subject    1/20/2019 - - Watermelons
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  • Crossings are still slow with the cooler weather in the growing area.
  • Supplies have been pushed back to another couple of weeks out of southern Mexico as supplies have been delayed with the cooler weather.
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