The Source - April 17, 2019

Weather Update

High pressure builds out west with dry conditions and gradual warming into the weekend. Slight cooling over the weekend with near to above seasonal temperatures expected next week. Seasonably warm temperatures look to continue across Mexico as a relatively tranquil period takes shape with a few isolated showers possible across Central Mexico. A strong storm system will move into Florida late Thursday spreading northward into the evening. The actual front arrives on Friday with 3-4 inches expected to the north and 1-2 inches in central and southern counties. Cooler temperatures this weekend behind the system followed by steady warming and dry conditions next week.

Freight Update

California trucks have tightened up do transitioning up to Salinas and the Easter pull. Rates have also increased. Washington apple trucks are steady. Idaho potato and onion trucks remain steady as well. The national average on diesel is up slightly this week and is currently at 3.118 per gallon. California prices are on the rise and are now up to 3.967 per gallon, a difference of .057 from last week. Crude oil prices remained steady and are currently at 63.74 per barrel.

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Apples

Eastern Region:
Midwestern and Eastern regions continue to decrease volume for the season. Although some areas continue to provide product to customers, size and variety availability have acutely lessened.

Washington:
Prices continue to inch up now that Midwestern/Eastern demand has shifted to the Northwest. Many shippers are feeling the pressure to fill orders that call for smaller sized fruit (125ct/138ct). Further impacting the availability of foodservice sizes is the retail demand for bagged apples, which command the same size profile.

Please continue to send Apple/Pear orders earlier rather than later. Some size substitutions may be necessary for the remaining season or until demand eases with schools ending in the next 5-6 weeks.

- TJ Ware
Growing Region Market Quality
Coopersville/Belding/Sparta, MI Steady/Higher Good
Hudson/Pleasant Valley/Red Hook, NY Steady/Higher Good
Milton, NY Steady/Higher Good
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady/Higher Good
Asparagus

Production out of Caborca is officially done for the season. This year due to weather conditions the Caborca region extended production by a couple of weeks. Supply this week is about the same as last week, we continue to see weaker markets due to more supply than demand. With Caborca being done we should see the market start to react with firmer prices going into next week.

- Tony Pinto
Growing Region Market Quality
Cuidad Obregon, Mexico Steady Good
Avocado (California)

Weather in California has been sunny for the most part with temps ranging in the 70s-80s. Not much change from last week as we continue to see more California fruit on this hot market. The market is steady but is expected to see an increase as Mexico is not harvesting this week due to Holy Week. Overall numbers are down 80% as of last week.

- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Ventura, CA Higher Fair
Avocado (Mexican)

Weather in Michoacan, Mexico this week calls for lows in the 40s and highs in the 70/80s. The market has come off on price compared to last week. With Mexico celebrating Holy Week, there will be little to no harvest this week. With one week of no harvest, we can expect to see an increase in all sizes. Larger fruit is in very high demand.

- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Michoacan, Mexico Higher Good
Bell Peppers (Eastern)

Bell Pepper supply is better, demand has dropped after a few weeks of high markets. There are some new fields starting in Plant City and supply should pick up by this weekend in that area. The largest shippers are still in the southern part of the state and their volume has not changed, they are mostly producing lighter volume of large and choice pepper. With high markets, for the last two months, retail prices have gotten very high and demand is slow on bell pepper. Quality is very good on new pepper and not bad on older fields, some of the fruit is showing some scarring and the size is smaller. Now that prices have come down to a more normal level, expect movement to improve and pricing to stabilize.

- Steve Sterling

Transitions:
Bell Pepper is transitioning from south Florida to Central Florida.

Growing Region Market Quality
Hillsborough / Western Collier County, FL Lower/Steady Good
Indian River / Dade County, FL Lower/Steady Good
Bell Peppers (Western)

Green Bell Pepper- Good volume of green bell pepper arriving in Nogales. Good sizes being harvested from both Mexican growing districts on both fancy and choice grade. Quality on the green bells from the Sinaloa district continues to be mostly fair to good. The quality from the Sonora district is mostly good. Green bell pepper supply exceeds demand. The bell pepper supply from both Sonora and Sinaloa remains steady. Market on green bells is currently steady on both fancy and choice grade and on all sizes. Green bell harvest has also started out of the Coachella Valley.
Red Bell Pepper- Steady supplies of Red bell pepper continue to arrive in Nogales. The market/price on red bell pepper continues to hold steady this week. Consistent volume on Hot House variety and all hothouse pack styles. Better volume on the elongated variety this week. Steady volume on both varieties is expected through the week. Quality on both varieties is good.
Yellow Bell Pepper- Moderate volume of Yellow Bell pepper continues to arrive in Nogales. Both elongated and Hot House varieties being pack in 11lb/15lb and 1 1/9-bushel carton. Quality on both varieties is good. Yellow bell pepper supply meets demand. Market on yellow bell is still steady.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Good
Berries (Blackberries)

Blackberry production is currently coming out of Mexico. Quality has been good and the market remains firm. The blackberries have also been subject to the same logistical issues that exist for all mixed berries at this point. Look for the market to remain steady through the end of the week with lower undertones as we approach the final days of Easter.

- Mike Moreno
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Berries (Blueberries)

Blueberry supplies are beginning to bulk up with good quality fruit coming from Central Mexico, Florida, and Georgia simultaneously. The market is easing off and trending lower as we see these areas compete for market share. The quality has been good and there are promotional opportunities in the next few weeks leading up to Mothers Day.

- Mike Moreno

Transitions:
Georgia has begun production

Peak Seasons:
Florida is moving through peak production over the next few weeks

Growing Region Market Quality
Central Florida Lower/Steady Excellent
Georgia Lower/Steady Good
Central Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Berries (Raspberries) Alert

Raspberries are still active as we wait for production to start locally on the West Coast. All production is currently coming out of Mexico and transportation has been an issue not only in Mexico internally but with transfers after crossing into the States as well. The fact that many workers are currently celebrating Holy Week leading up to Easter is not helping the situation as we typically see a significant reduction in labor availability both in the fields and at the borders through the week in Mexico. Quality has been good with the occasional older fruit showing some issues upon arrival. Look for markets to remain firm through the end of the week.

- Mike Moreno

Alerts:
Very light supplies for the next few weeks

Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Berries (Strawberries) Alert

The strawberry market is settling down with growers shipping from multiple locations including Oxnard, Santa Maria, Salinas and Watsonville CA. With the added Easter business at the front end of the week, shippers were hard pressed to apply limited labor resources to maintain maximum production and get trucks out at the coolers. Long waits and difficulties getting loaded out were the norm at many facilities Look for the market to ease off as we move closer to Easter weekend and the inevitable lull in buying occurs just prior to it. The quality is good out of all districts with an occasional overripe and bruising being reported out of Oxnard. Good promotable numbers should be available for the next three weeks and beyond.

- Mike Moreno

Alerts:
Additional production should result in good promotable numbers for the next three weeks . Mothers Day is on 5/27 plan ahead!

Transitions:
The Salinas and Watsonville areas will begin to produce better numbers in the next week or two

Peak Seasons:
Peak availability is occurring in Oxnard right now and Santa Maria is very close behind

Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Lower/Steady Good
Watsonville, CA Lower/Steady Good
Santa Maria, CA Lower/Steady Good
Oxnard, CA Lower/Steady Good
Broccoli

The broccoli market has come off a bit with the nice weather in Mexico and Salinas. This warmer weather the next several days in Salinas and Mexico is helping to spur growth. Look for supplies to stay steady with the improved weather. Quality is good with slight purpling, some mechanical damage, and occasional yellow cast.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Celaya Guanjuato Mexico Steady Good
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Good
Brussels Sprouts

The Brussels Sprout market continues to remain snug with supply being affected by the recent and current rains in Salinas and Oxnard. The quality has been affected by the rain and cold weather and sizing tend to run smaller due to this recent colder weather. Look for the Brussels Sprout market to remain tight going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Steady/Higher Good
Oxnard, CA Steady/Higher Good
Carrots

The carrot market continues to remain steady. The quality is good, and supplies are adequate to meet current demand. We see no change in the carrot market going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Bakersfield/Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Coachella Valley, CA Steady Good
Cauliflower

Cauliflower market has picked up a bit in Salinas and Santa Maria as Yuma has come to an end. Overall, the quality is good with minor bruising and yellow cast with weights in the 25 to 28-pound level. Look for the market to stay steady going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady/Higher Good
Salinas Valley, CA Steady/Higher Good
Celery

Demand is not slowing down with this commodity in the marketplace. Demand continues to exceed supplies with all shippers. Pricing continues to exceed previous week highs. Escalated pricing continues to exist at its highest. Carton business is very light and small pallet orders is all suppliers are willing to offer. Yuma is finished. Supplies in Mexico are minimal. Production in Oxnard/Santa Maria simply fair at best but not enough to meet demand. This will continue throughout the month of April at a minimum. The quality is fair. Common defects being reported include mechanical, pith, and bowing.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Higher Fair
Chili Peppers

Jalapenos- Moderate supply of Jalapeno available to load in Nogales from Mexico.
Growers continue to harvest jalapeno out of the Sonora and in Northern Sinaloa.
Quality is good out of both growing districts. Mostly medium to large size are
available from both growing regions. Market on jalapeno remains in the high-teens.

Pasilla- Moderate supply of Pasilla peppers continue to be available in Nogales
from Mexico. Moderate volume is expected to continue through the week. Quality
on Pasilla is good. Size on the pepper currently ranges from Medium to Large.
Market on Pasilla is currently steady. Pasilla crossing through Nogales is being
harvested in Sinaloa and quality is good.

Anaheim- Moderate supply of Anaheim available to load in Nogales from Sinaloa,
Mexico. Steady Anaheim production expected to continue. Quality of peppers is
good with mostly large size being packed and the market is steady.

Serrano – Moderate supplies of Serrano peppers available to load in Nogales from
Mexico. Supplies are expected to remain steady throughout the week. Supplies
currently meet demand. Price on Serrano pepper is currently in the teens and
should remain the same through the week.

Tomatillo – Husk and Peeled tomatillos are available to load in Nogales from
Mexico. Quality on both varieties continues to be good. Good supplies on both husk
and peeled tomatillos are expected to continue through the week. The tomatillo
market is expected to remain steady. Both Husked and Peeled tomatillos are in the
low teens.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Sonora, Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Cilantro

The Cilantro market remains steady in Mexico with the recent warm weather and now production has started in Salinas. The cilantro quality is good with an occasional yellow leaf. Look for the cilantro market to continue to stay steady going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Baja, MX Steady Good
Salinas, CA Steady Good
Citrus (Lemons)

District 1&2 (Central Valley & Southern California Coastal Region) continues to peak on the large sizes 75ct/95ct/115ct. The foodservice sizes 165’s and smaller are tight, expect limited availability moving forward. Prices continue to climb in the high $20’s low $30’s on choice and fancy fruit. The rain and cold weather brought on the larger fruit and smaller fruit is staying limited on sizing and green on the trees.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Ventura, CA Steady/Higher Good
Merced/Bakersfield, CA Steady/Higher Good
Citrus (Limes)

Limes will be tight this week since harvest crews are done picking for the week. This week is “Holy Week” in Mexico. Adding to the tight supplies are the border delays, the product isn’t arriving as scheduled and arriving two days or longer than later than expected. At this point, many suppliers are not taking any open market orders. They’re doing their best to cover normal weekly volume as best they can. The outlook after Easter will be day to day, Cinco De Mayo pull is upon us and suppliers feel the market will remain active until then.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Veracruz, Mexico Higher Good
Citrus (Oranges)

Good supplies on navels, plenty of promotional opportunities through the rest of April on most grades and sizes. Quality is looking good and markets are steady. On Specialty Citrus, we still have plenty of Delite Mandarins that are peaking on 15’s - 40’s. Cara Caras & Blood are moving along, steady supplies are available. Golden Nugget Mandarins and Ojai Pixie Tangerines are coming.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Merced to Bakersfield, CA Steady Good
Cucumbers (Eastern)

Cucumber supply is very good, Florida is in peak season. Cucumbers are still being shipped from south Florida and now the Plant City region is starting to get some volume production. Quality is good with most shippers, even though Florida has a lot of wind the past few weeks growers have done a good job with protecting fields. Color and quality are very good, the only issue are coming from shippers not rotating stocks fast enough. We expect good supplies through the weekend and early next week.

- Steve Sterling

Transitions:
cucumbers are transitioning from South Florida to Central Florida.

Peak Seasons:
Cucumbers are in peak season.

Growing Region Market Quality
Hillsborough / Western Collier County, FL Steady Good
Indian River / Dade County, FL Steady Good
Cucumbers (Western)

Good supplies of cucumber are continuing to cross through Nogales this week from Sonora, MX. Quality is good. Currently, all cucumber sizes are being packed in 1 1/9-bushel pack and carton cucumber. The cucumber market is currently steady and is expected to remain steady throughout the week. The quality out of Sonora is good. Mexican cucumbers are also available in San Diego from the Baja growing district.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Sonora, Mexico Steady Good
Eggplant (Eastern) Alert

Eggplant supply is light, demand is very light but there are signs of demand starting to improve. Eggplant supplies are coming from the southern part of Florida mostly from older fields showing their age with scaring and discoloration. A few shippers have started a new field with better quality but volume is very light. Demand has been very low for the last two months due to a few factors, Mexican product has been much better quality and customers have taken their business west, demand in general on eggplant is low this time of year. There are signs of improving demand when temperatures across the country warm up eggplant tends to move better and Plant City is a week away from starting their season bringing much better quality to the market place.

- Steve Sterling

Alerts:
Quality is only fair on most product.

Growing Region Market Quality
Hillsborough / Western Collier County, FL Steady Fair
Indian River / Dade County, FL Steady Fair
Eggplant (Western)

Light supplies of eggplant starting to be harvested in the Mexican State of Sinaloa. Eggplant supplies will continue to decrease as the month of April comes to an end. Light supplies of eggplant are being harvested from this growing district. Market on eggplant is steady and expected to remain steady through the week. Quality from Sinaloa on fancy and choice pack continues to be mostly fair to good.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Good
Grapes (Green) Alert

Green grape supplies continue to be limited as we finish the import season. Storage crop continues to be utilized to fill demand and quality will continue to become a challenge as we get closer to transition. Soft wet berries are being reported as well as early signs of decay. Color ranges are on the darker side, this is common with storage fruit. Market prices continue to slowly climb. We expect Mexico and Coachella to start by mid-May. The domestic season is anticipated to be high quality with promotable volume.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Supplies are lighter and quality is fair.

Transitions:
Coachella and Mexico are expected to start mid May.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Higher Fair
Grapes (Red)

Red import grapes continue to be readily available. All size ranges are currently available, but smaller sizes are more likely to become limited as we move forward. Quality is being reported as good. We have not seen too many issues with the red varieties. Market prices have remained steady. As we look toward transition, we expect new harvest to start mid-May in Coachella and Mexico. The summer grape season is expected to have high-quality fruit and promotable volumes.

- Sean Azzelio

Transitions:
Coachella and Mexico are expected to start by mid May.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Steady Good
Green Onions

Green Onions supply continues to be plentiful with the recent nice weather in Mexico and Salinas underway. The cooler weather in March is causing occasional leaf minor and mechanical damage. The green onion market will continue to stay steady going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Mexicali, Baja Steady Good
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Good
Kale

The kale market continues to stay steady this week as more supplies have come on with the recent nice weather in Santa Maria and now in Salinas. Quality is good with full bunches, and only an occasional yellow leaf being reported.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas, CA Steady Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Lettuce Iceberg

The warm temperatures in the Yuma region have finished this crop for this season. Production currently is in Santa Maria/Oxnard, Huron as well as Salinas. Huron production is expected for another 1-2 weeks pending the heat and insects in this region. Production in Salinas has begun and production numbers are stronger. This market is up, overall. Demand is being met with most suppliers. The weights on lettuce vary from 38-44 pounds. Some defect being reported out of the growing regions include puffiness, mechanical, misshapen heads and brittle. Warm temperatures in the growing region of Huron will continue for the next few weeks until production is finished. Ideal temperatures are in Santa Maria/ Oxnard as well as Salinas.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Huron, CA Higher Fair
Salinas Valley, CA Higher Fair
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Higher Fair
Lettuce Leaf

This market is stronger on romaine. Yuma production is finished as soaring temperatures in this region have finished up the production of this crop. Production in Huron and Salinas, as well as Santa Maria, are the current growing regions for this commodity. Green and red leaf, as well as butter, is also finished in Yuma. The quality on all leaf items including romaine is considered fair. Common complaints upon arrivals have been twisting, cupping, brittle and mechanical. With Salinas coming on, the quality is expected to improve in the next few weeks. Huron production will likely finish by the end of this week to early next week.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Huron, CA Steady/Higher Fair
Salinas Valley, CA Steady/Higher Fair
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady/Higher Fair
Melon (Cantaloupe)

On the offshore melon front, we are seeing this market tightening up and getting active. The growing regions of Guatemala and Costa Rica have experienced some rain and are expecting more rain this week as well. Growers are predicting about another month of harvest on the offshore deal, weather permitting. We can expect increases on open market fruit and limited offerings on all sizes for the month of April. Overall quality has been strong. The industry as a whole could see a gap in supply as we transition into domestic fruit next month. Winter storms (heavy rain/abnormal temps) in the desert affected the crops planted for the spring program. Some growers had to replant, setting them almost a month behind on the harvest. Overall shipments are currently down 25%.

- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Choluteca, Honduras Steady/Higher Good
San Jose, Costa Rica Steady/Higher Good
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady/Higher Good
Melon (Honeydew)

On the offshore melon front, we are seeing this market tightening up and getting active. The growing regions of Guatemala and Costa Rica have experienced some rain and are expecting more rain this week as well. Growers are predicting about another month of harvest on the offshore deal, weather permitting. We can expect increases on open market fruit and limited offerings on all sizes for the month of April. The industry as a whole could see a gap in supply as we transition into domestic fruit next month. Winter storms (heavy rain/abnormal temps) in the desert affected the crops planted for the spring program. Some growers had to replant, setting them almost a month behind on the harvest. The honeydew market has been flat for the last month. Prices are increasing and will continue for the month of April. Overall shipments are down 12%.

- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Choluteca, Honduras Steady/Higher Fair
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady/Higher Fair
San Jose, Costa Rica Steady/Higher Fair
Melon (Watermelon)

Light supplies of watermelon available to load in Nogales this week. Mostly 2/3 bins
being packed. The watermelon crop from Sonora, MX is being harvested in a light way
and is expected to increase as we move into next week. Better supplies of seedless
watermelon are expected to arrive next week. The market on seedless watermelon is
currently steady/high and is expected to remain steady/high until better supplies from
Sonora, MX start to arrive.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Sonora, Mexico Higher Good
Onions Alert

Yellow onion markets from the Northwest continue to show weaker markets as suppliers have good volume and look to clean up storage facilities as the season winds down. Red and white onions continue to hold pricing as supplies are light at the end of the storage crop. Texas domestic supplies are available in all 3 colors. Yellow onion markets are steady to slightly lower out of Texas with red and white onions similar to pricing out of the Northwest. California desert will begin early next week on yellows with red onions to follow closer to next weekend. California whites will come in the last week of April/early May. Idaho/Washington late storage onions will exhibit some translucency, especially in the larger size super colossal and colossal. Texas new crop will have a thin, flaky skin.

- Mike Mouisset

Alerts:
Quality from Northwest will show translucency and occasional sprouting towards end of storage crop.

Growing Region Market Quality
Ontario, OR to Nampa, ID Lower/Steady Good
Quincy/Hermiston, WA Lower/Steady Good
McAllen/Uvalde, TX Steady Good
Tampico/Sonara, Mexico Steady Good
Pears

The pear market remains steady. Smaller sizes are seeing increased demand, but there are ample supplies available—overall—on D’Anjou, Red D’Anjou, and Bosc pears. Chilean and Argentinean pears are available for loading (FOB-L.A).

- TJ Ware
Growing Region Market Quality
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady Good
Chile Steady Good
Pineapples

Pineapples supplies are expected to be snug for another two to three weeks. The overall pineapple industry seems to be slightly tighter than estimated. Pineapples from all sources have not matured at their typical pace due to weather-related issues. Our suppliers will be doing their best to help fulfill normal business orders. Markets remain steady $12-$14 depending on the size.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Heredia, Costa Rica Steady Good
La Virgen, Costa Rica Steady Good
Potatoes

Russet potato markets are steady to slightly lower as consumer demand has increased for the Easter holiday. Burbanks will be the main variety in Idaho with a few Norkotahs still available. Larger sizes are still commanding higher prices as supplies remain heavy to 90 count and smaller. Washington, Colorado, and Wisconsin are also in production with Norkotahs. Expect to see some internal/external bruising, light hollow heart, light peepers and occasional soft rot in the late storage Norkotahs. Continue to send advanced orders with larger carton sizes to ensure coverage.

- Mike Mouisset
Growing Region Market Quality
Hamer/Rupert, ID Steady Good
Quincy/Hermiston, WA Steady Good
Eastern Colorado Steady Good
Plover/Bancroft, WI Steady Fair
Potatoes (colored)

Red and yellow potato markets remain relatively steady with white potato markets higher. White potatoes have hit a small gap in California and will come back into supply in approximately 2-3 weeks leaving Florida as the main source of supply. The southern regions of Florida are winding down on colored potatoes and will transition to Northern Florida as we approach May. Currently, California, Idaho, Washington, North Dakota, and Wisconsin (ND repack) are producing supplies of red and yellow with Florida having all three colors.

- Mike Mouisset
Growing Region Market Quality
Rupert to Rexburg, ID Steady Good
Bakersfield, CA Steady Good
Pasco/Tri-Cities, WA Steady Good
Red River Valley, ND Steady Good
Imokollee/Palm City/Punta Gorda, FL Steady/Higher Excellent
Squash (Eastern) Alert

Squash supply is very good, zucchini is in better supply than yellow squash at this time. Homestead and Immokalee are still shipping squash for the next two weeks, there are a few quality issues starting to show up. Plant City has started and is in a high volume of good quality squash and should continue for the next 2 to 3 weeks. Georgia will start this weekend or early next week with light volume. The southeast has had few nights of cool temperatures that will slow production slightly. Pricing on zucchini is very reasonable, yellow pricing is higher because of a little less supply.

- Steve Sterling

Alerts:
Georgia will start harvesting squash this weekend or early next week.

Transitions:
Squash is transitioning from south Florida to Central Florida.

Peak Seasons:
Squash is in peak season.

Growing Region Market Quality
Dade / Eastern Collier County, FL Lower/Steady Fair
Hillsborough / Sarasota County, FL Steady Good
Squash (Western)

Good supplies on both Italian and Yellow S/N squash crossing through Nogales, AZ from Sonora, Mexico. The crop is currently producing mostly extra-fancy and fancy size. Market on soft squash is slightly increasing and expected to remain steady through the
week. Quality on squash is good on both varieties.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Sonora, Mexico Steady Good
Stone Fruit Alert

Import nectarines and peaches are done. Domestic harvest will get started the week of April 29. The first harvest will be yellow nectarines, white peaches, and apricots. As we move later into May, we expect better volume and quality as well as more varieties and size options. Import plums are still available. Sizes continue to run on the larger size and varieties are limited. We expect domestic harvest to start on plums by late May.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Peaches and Nectarines are done until domestic fruit starts.

Transitions:
New domestic harvest is expected to start the week of April 29.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo, Valaparaiso, Santiago and Rancagua, Chile Steady Good
Tomatoes (Eastern)

Supplies continue to improve as Florida tomato growers complete their seasonal transition amidst 2 weeks of reduced crossings from Mexico. The current overlap between the end of Immokalee, and the beginning of Palmetto growing regions is helping to improve the market this week. The market is mostly steady from last week with the most significant change showing in the round tomato category. As anticipated, the increased volume has begun translating into lower pricing this week resulting in a $2 savings or more amongst XL sizes from just days ago. The already affordable Roma and grape tomato markets are steady while supply continues to improve. Cherry tomato markets are transitioning slightly slower and have minor upward pressure where a premium will be required for better quality packs.

- Aaron Aliotti
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Florida Steady Excellent
Tomatoes (Western)

A warm weather trend has helped boost production in new crops harvesting in Sinaloa to start the Spring season. Improved supply is softening round fobs this week with the biggest relief realized in Xl sizes. Roma tomato supplies have also improved retuning Fobs to minimums. Grape tomatoes remain widely available and remain at or near price minimums. Similar to the east, cherry tomatoes are in higher demand and better-quality packs are often sold at a premium spreading out the price, depending on quality.

- Aaron Aliotti
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Nayarit/Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Good

Things You Should Know

Berries (Raspberries)
Very light supplies for the next few weeks

Berries (Strawberries)
Additional production should result in good promotable numbers for the next three weeks . Mothers Day is on 5/27 plan ahead!

Eggplant (Eastern)
Quality is only fair on most product.

Grapes (Green)
Supplies are lighter and quality is fair.

Onions
Quality from Northwest will show translucency and occasional sprouting towards end of storage crop.

Squash (Eastern)
Georgia will start harvesting squash this weekend or early next week.

Stone Fruit
Peaches and Nectarines are done until domestic fruit starts.

Transitions and Temperatures

Squash (Eastern)
Squash is transitioning from south Florida to Central Florida.

Grapes (Red)
Coachella and Mexico are expected to start by mid May.

Grapes (Green)
Coachella and Mexico are expected to start mid May.

Berries (Blueberries)
Georgia has begun production

Stone Fruit
New domestic harvest is expected to start the week of April 29.

Bell Peppers (Eastern)
Bell Pepper is transitioning from south Florida to Central Florida.

Berries (Strawberries)
The Salinas and Watsonville areas will begin to produce better numbers in the next week or two

Cucumbers (Eastern)
cucumbers are transitioning from South Florida to Central Florida.

A Peak at Peak Seasons

Squash (Eastern)
Squash is in peak season.

Berries (Blueberries)
Florida is moving through peak production over the next few weeks

Berries (Strawberries)
Peak availability is occurring in Oxnard right now and Santa Maria is very close behind

Cucumbers (Eastern)
Cucumbers are in peak season.

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