The Source - April 22, 2015

Summary

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Weather Update

The series of weak low pressure systems along the West Coast will continue moving south into Baja California through the week. As these systems roll through they will bring a heavy marine layer (drizzle) and cooler temperatures to the coastal regions of California through the week. Temperatures will remain in the 50s to upper 60s near the coast with 70s in the warmer inland valleys.
In the Southwest and across the border temperatures cool to below average (70s to low 80s) in most northern locations as these low pressure systems move into Baja and Northern Mexico this week. Scattered showers and a chance of rain remain in the forecast as temperatures quickly rebound under high pressure over the weekend.
The Southeast will see scattered showers as a couple of weak cold fronts slowly move through this week. Dry conditions are expected over the weekend in front of the next more powerful system arriving late Sunday.

Freight Update

Trucks in CA are adequate but look to tighten up as the week progresses. Trucks in ID are steady while WA and Western Idaho are tight due the increased shipments of nursery stock. Crude oil is steady and is currently at 56.53 per barrel.

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Apples

New York continues to pack Empires, Red delicious, Red Romes and McIntosh. Some suppliers have also packed a few Cameos and Fujis. Most varieties are still peaking on 100's and larger. The quality has been good.
Michigan continues to pack Empires, Ida-reds, Jonagolds, Jonathans, McIntosh, Red Delicious, and Red Romes. The Red Romes, Red Delicious, and Jonagolds continue to peak on 88's and larger. The Empires, Jonathans, Ida-reds have better availability on 100's and smaller. The quality has been good.
Washington red delicious are peaking 88's and larger in the higher grades. Most packers have plenty of the Wash extra-fancy #1 and Premium 88's and larger and will discount for volume. Small reds remain relatively short. Golden delicious are steady on all sizes. The goldens remain fairly evenly sized but 125's and 138's are somewhat shorter than the other sizes. Granny-Smith continue to peak on 64/72's and have very limited availability of 100's and smaller. The Fujis are fairly steady but are peaking on the larger sizes. Galas are also steady and peaking on 88/100's. The Galas have better availability in the smaller sizes. Honeycrisp are still available but supplies are light and the market is high and strong. Opals, Jazz, Jonagolds, Pink Lady's, and a few other varietals are still available.

- John Tole
Growing Region Market Quality
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady Good
Coopersville/Belding/Sparta, MI Steady Good
Hudson/Pleasant Valley/Red Hook, NY Steady Good
Asparagus Alert

This market is firm. Jumbo packs from all the regions continue to be light in production and commanding a premium price. Demand exceeds supply. Mexican product will be on the light side of production for about three weeks. Standard and large sizing are the main packs available on eleven pound cases. Shippers are not packing 28# cases. Salinas and Mexico continue to be the main growing regions for this commodity. Peruvian product is available to load out of Miami direct. Standard and large sizing are the main packs from Peru.

- Mike Pacheco

Alerts:
ASPARAGUS:
Jumbo sizing is scarce, supplies from Mexico and Salinas will be light on all sizing throughout the week.

Growing Region Market Quality
Caborca, Mexico Steady Good
Ica, Peru to Trujillo Steady Good
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Good
Avocado (California)

California growers are harvesting good volume. They are peaking on 60's and smaller. Quality and flavor are both very good.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Ventura, CA Steady Excellent
Temecula/Escondido, CA Steady Excellent
Avocado (Mexican)

Mexico is over 70% harvested for their season. Good supplies continue to come in, and still heavy to 60's and smaller. 48's and larger remain tight, but are showing some improvement.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Michoacan, Mexico Steady Excellent
Bell Peppers (Eastern)

The bell pepper market is continuing to ease up as many growers in the Plant City area begin to ramp up with excellent quality. They are still heavy in crown picking but the off grades are coming on fast. South Florida is still working pepper but the quality is marginal. This market should remain steady for the next several days.

- Steve Sterling
Growing Region Market Quality
Indian River / Dade County, FL Lower Fair
Hillsborough / Western Collier County, FL Lower/Steady Excellent
Berries (Blackberries)

Some quality issues being reported for soft berries, red cell and some mold especially with MX berries. Supply and quality have improved this week although some marginal fruit remains in the market. Santa Maria, CA has started with light volume and the fruit is sizing larger than MX. Some shippers have not begun with CA crops and are looking closer to mid-May.

- Tom Smith
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Steady Fair
Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Berries (Blueberries)

Chilean season has ended and there continues to be less of this fruit in the market, quality issues present with generally tired/dated fruit showing shrivel, moisture, some mold. CA blues have been limited so far but looks to be increasing with more volume this week, mostly 4.4oz clams although some larger packs are being packed at request. FL blues are available out of Miami, Dover and Plant City. Mostly 6oz clams though some larger packs are being packed at request. Market has come off some on both CA and FL blues. Mainland Mexican supplies have been limited by rain and cooler weather but looks to increase this week as weather has cleared. Varying levels of pricing and quality based on country/region of origin.

- Tom Smith
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Chile Lower/Steady Fair
Central Florida Lower/Steady Good
Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Berries (Raspberries)

Raspberry volumes continue to decline out of both Central Mexico and Oxnard, CA growing regions. Santa Maria, CA volumes have increased some recently. We should begin to see Watsonville fruit by the end of April with decent volume. Some reports of soft and overripe berries. Some current seasonal varieties are darker in color; this does not mean they are overripe. This is their color profile by variety.

- Tom Smith
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Steady Fair
Oxnard, CA Steady Fair
Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Berries (Strawberries) Alert

DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY. We are in a seasonal supply gap period after Oxnard ended most major production for fresh market and the Santa Maria and Salinas/Watsonville districts are not putting out enough volume yet to cover the loss of the southern region. Shippers are quoting oversold/sold out each day. Orders are being pushed into the following date and/or fill-rated from shippers daily as well. Expect volume to be limited through Mother's Day pull and lower volumes than recent years.

- Tom Smith

Alerts:
STRAWBERRIES:
DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY

Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Higher Good
Watsonville, CA Higher Good
Santa Maria, CA Higher Good
Broccoli

This market is active with most shippers. Crowns have tightened up in production. Supplies have tightened up on bunched product as well. The best quality remains in the Salinas Valley. Santa Maria has light to moderate supplies with good quality. Production in Mexico is light to moderate. The quality in all of the growing regions is reported as being strong.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Celaya Guanjuato Mexico Higher Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Higher Good
Salinas Valley, CA Higher Good
Carrots

California desert crop is going well. Size is only fair coming out of the fields. Jumbo size remains snug.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Coachella Valley, CA Steady Good
Cauliflower Alert

This market is active. Supplies look to be light for the rest of the week from all suppliers. Demand exceeds supply. Escalated pricing is in effect. Salinas and Santa Maria production is gapping. As for the quality, reports indicate all regions to have good color and sizing on this commodity. A few shippers are claiming to be sold out for the rest of the week.

- Mike Pacheco

Alerts:
CAULIFLOWER:
Light supplies for a minimum of one week.

Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Higher Good
Salinas Valley, CA Higher Good
Celery

This market is firm. Small sizing; thirty-six count in particular commands a higher price from all shippers. Fewer deals are being offered for bulk purchasing in comparison to past weeks. Large sizing continues to have the best availability. Shippers are willing to load out of Salinas but a higher cost is being tacked onto the fob price so please be aware. Loading in Oxnard/Santa Maria continues to give the best fob price.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Cherries

Cherry production is ramping up with better availability. That said, numbers are still limited and quality is still questionable. We do not see promotable volumes and a reduction in market price until the first week of May. Yields and quality for the early season fruit will continue to be a significant challenge for the next few weeks.

- Brad Tremblay
Growing Region Market Quality
Bakersfield / Arvin, CA Steady Fair
Citrus (Lemons)

Crop is peaking on 140's and larger. 165's and smaller are tight with springtime demand picking up for these sizes.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Merced/Bakersfield, CA Higher Good
Oxnard/Ventura, CA Higher Good
Citrus (Limes)

The lime market is currently steady. Supplies are increasing on smaller sizes and decreasing slightly on larger sizes this week and for the next few weeks. The forecast of lower supplies from April through mid May will more than likely keep the market from tanking to the bottom although it will be a choppy ride. The overall quality is good on the new crop that is being harvested.

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Veracruz, Mexico Steady Good
Citrus (Oranges)

California Navel crop is beginning to drop off and peaking on 72's/56's. Demand is exceeding smaller fruit, 113's/138's. California Valencia's have started in limited volume and picking up some of the short fall of smaller fruit. Quality on Valencia's is very good, color is nice and brix are 10.5-12.00 average.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Merced to Bakersfield, CA Higher Good
Riverside, CA Higher Good
Cucumbers (Eastern)

Recent rains in the Plant City area have caused this market to firm up just slightly. South Florida is finishing up and Georgia is still a couple of weeks away so this market could continue to strengthen through next week.

- Steve Sterling
Growing Region Market Quality
Indian River / Dade County, FL Steady/Higher Fair
Hillsborough / Western Collier County, FL Higher Good
Grapes (Green)

The Chilean green seedless market has leveled out as demand remains steady. Storage fruit prices are strong but we are just beginning to see the start of the Coachella and Mexican deals. This has no significant affect on the current supply situation but it has helped to modify the shipper's short term outlook on pricing. The new deals are starting and they are modifying prices to remain attractive to the trade.

- Brad Tremblay
Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Steady Fair
Grapes (Red)

The red seedless Chilean grapes continue to be readily available with a stable market. We are beginning to see the extra large fruit supplies tighten up but the market, for this week, shows no signs of reacting to this. We still expect to see a relatively stable market through the rest of April.

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

This market is firm. Overall, supplies are moderate to light with most suppliers. With any kind of push in the marketplace, this commodity could be more active quickly. Demand overall, is on the light side on bunched product. There continues have been some issues with crossing the border of Mexico. These holdups have resulted in trucks arriving late by a day or two. Most of the production continues out of the Baja region of Mexico. Light supplies are being harvested in Salinas. Small and medium sizing continues to be the main packs available.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Mexicali, Baja Steady Good
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Good
Lettuce Iceberg

The market overall is firm. Demand is moderate at best. Most supplies are being harvested in the Salinas Valley. The weights are ranging from 42-46 pounds with good quality. Santa Maria will have light to moderate production throughout this week. Demand will dictate where this market goes towards the end of the week. Supplies are moderate out of the Salinas Valley.

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

The romaine market is active. Salinas continues to have good quality but availability is moderate at best. Weights on romaine are ranging from 32-36 pounds. Green and red leaf pricing is active as well. Both of these commodities are on escalated pricing. Green leaf in particular is going to be extremely light in availability for two weeks as suppliers are gapping in production. Demand exceeds supply. Open market purchases will be difficult throughout the week as suppliers cover contracts first.

- Mike Pacheco

Alerts:
LEAF LETTUCES:
Green and red leaf light supplies for 2 weeks...gap in production

Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Higher Good
Salinas Valley, CA Higher Good
Melon (Cantaloupe)

Cantaloupe supplies are a bit lighter than previous weeks. Demand is somewhat better than previous weeks, which is causing the market to perk up a bit. Cantaloupe 9's are in tight supply with sizes peaking on 12's and 15's. Arrivals of offshore melons on the west coast continue to arrive in limited volumes with 12's being the peak size with some 9's being available. Nogales is shipping lopes from Mexico with the peak size being 18's. Quality is good on all lopes.

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady/Higher Good
Hermosillo, Mexico Steady Good
Melon (Honeydew)

Offshore honeydew supplies continue to remain lighter than previous weeks. Demand is better now than earlier in the week which is causing the market to move slightly higher. The peak size is 6's on both coasts. Supplies out of Mexico are increasing now with good volume on dew 8's which is going to help generate demand for loading in Nogales. The Mexican supplies are beginning to take up the lowering volume of offshore dews. Quality has been good overall with the Mexican dews being very nice with high sugar contents too. The dew 8 market is coming down while the dew 5 and 6 market is steady to higher.

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady/Higher Good
Hermosillo, Mexico Lower/Steady Excellent
Onions

Idaho - We are getting close to the finish of the Idaho/Oregon storage season. We are down to a handful of shippers still packing. We will be down to one starting next week and they will finish up the week of May 4th. Market is steady with light demand. Quality is being reported as good.
Washington - Is also getting close to finishing for the season. Most shippers will finish the week of May 4th/May 11th depending on Demand which is moderate currently. Quality is still being reported as good. Market is steady.
California - This is the first week of harvest. Quality is being reported as Excellent. One thing to keep in mind is the new-crop onions don't have the skin that the northwest onions have. They also tend to be topped shaped and are generally uglier than storage onions. Good supplies of Jumbo and Colossal yellows onions. Medium yellow onions are limited. Supplies of Red and White onions are very limited but will improve next week. Market is steady.
Mexico - Supplies are hit and miss on all color and sizes depending on shipper. Quality is being reported as good. They have about two maybe three weeks left before they finish for the season. Demand is light with a steady market.
Texas- The heavy rain this growing area received a week ago has supplies limited. It also hurt the quality, with reports of staining throughout the packs. Demand is light with a steady market.

- Mike Gorczyca
Growing Region Market Quality
Ontario, OR to Nampa, ID Steady Good
Quincy/Hermiston, WA Steady Good
Calipatria/El Centro, CA Steady Excellent
Tampico/Sonara, Mexico Steady Good
McAllen/Uvalde, TX Steady Fair
Pears

Washington continues to ship D'anjou pears and red pears. The D'anjous are still heavy to the larger sizes and have limited availability on 11's and smaller. The red pears will be available through May but supplies are light.
On the Import side we have both Chilean and Argentinean fruit. The Chilean fruit Bartletts are cleaning up and they are smaller in size. The Argentinean fruit is bigger as they are peaking on 100's and larger and that market remains very strong.

- John Tole
Growing Region Market Quality
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady Good
Chile Steady Good
Potatoes Alert

Idaho - Large cartons continue to be in an extreme demand exceeds supply situation. This was caused by the heavy rains the middle of this last year's growing season. I do not see this changing till the end of July beginning of August when new crop starts up. To cover these sizes shippers are buying product from Washington and transferring them over to load in Idaho. Please allow extra time to cover orders with large size cartons. All shippers are sold out 4 to 5 days in advance for the larger counts. Demand on 60 and 70ct has increased as customers are starting to drop a size or two due to the limited availability of the larger cartons. Smaller cartons 80 count and smaller have moderate availability. Quality is still good. Market is active.
Washington - Demand is good on 40 -70 count potatoes with a firming market. Washington has better size in their storage potatoes than most other states. Quality is good.
Colorado/Wisconsin - Supplies are limited due to light retail demand which is making it hard for the sheds to run full days. Large cartons are very limited. Market is firm. Quality is good.

- Mike Gorczyca

Alerts:
POTATOES:
Idaho 40-60 count are in a demand exceeds supply situation

Growing Region Market Quality
Hamer/Rupert, ID Steady/Higher Good
Quincy/Hermiston, WA Steady/Higher Good
Eastern Colorado Steady/Higher Good
Plover/Bancroft, WI Steady/Higher Good
Potatoes (colored) Alert

Bakersfield, California continues to pack all colors. The golds and whites are still smaller in size and they both have better availability of B-size while the reds are peaking on A's. All are limited on Premiums and Bakers. The quality has been good.
South Florida is also packing all colors but they will finish on golds this week. The golds and whites are still peaking B-size while the reds are heavier to A-size. Whites are somewhat limited and they will finish the middle of next week. Northern Florida will start the week of May 4th will all colors. The quality has been good.
North Dakota continues to pack a few reds but they are close to end of the season. They are still peaking on A-size.
Idaho is still shipping a few reds and golds but they are also close to the end of the season.

- John Tole

Alerts:
COLORED POTATOES:
South Florida will finished with gold potatoes this week and wont start packing in the Hastings area until May 7. We will have approximately an 11 day gap on new-crop in the east.

Growing Region Market Quality
Bakersfield, CA Steady Excellent
Imokollee/Palm City/Punta Gorda, FL Steady Good
Rupert to Rexburg, ID Steady Fair
Red River Valley, ND Steady Fair
Stone Fruit

Peaches and nectarine numbers are improving. Demand for the early fruit is limited as the crop is heavy to the smaller sizes. Pricing is about steady on the larger sizes but dropping on the small volume fill fruit. Quality is reported as generally good with limited quotes on utility grade fruit. Red plums have started in a very light way with limited quantities available at high prices. Most red and black plums are several weeks away from harvest. Apricots have also started with extremely light supplies and a small size profile. Pricing is strong with limited supplies.

- Brad Tremblay
Growing Region Market Quality
Madera south to Arvin, CA Steady Good
Tomatoes (Eastern)

Round and roma Florida tomato volumes continue to grow this week with Palmetto/Ruskin beginning harvests in new fields. Eastern demand continues to be filled as the winter fields in Immokallee/Naples overlap with the newer regions where quality is reported to be good. Even while fields are transitioning with less overall acreage, demand has not exceeded supply and the market remains steady. Grape production similarly is increasing with expectation of good availability through June.

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

New fields have started round and roma tomato production in Eastern Mainland Mexico and expect to remain in good supply through June. Western Mainland will continue to see good quality and supply out of Culiacan until their yields begin to taper off in the next few weeks. The Baja growing season is still expected to begin with new crop hitting early May. Grape tomato Production crossing into Nogales from Mainland Mexico continues its seasonal decline as many growers have finished for the season. Baja still is not much of a factor as they are coming on slow.

- Aaron Aliotti
Growing Region Market Quality
Jalisco, Mexico Steady Fair
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Fair

Things You Should Know

Asparagus
ASPARAGUS:
Jumbo sizing is scarce, supplies from Mexico and Salinas will be light on all sizing throughout the week.

Berries (Strawberries)
STRAWBERRIES:
DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY

Cauliflower
CAULIFLOWER:
Light supplies for a minimum of one week.

Lettuce Leaf
LEAF LETTUCES:
Green and red leaf light supplies for 2 weeks...gap in production

Potatoes
POTATOES:
Idaho 40-60 count are in a demand exceeds supply situation

Potatoes (colored)
COLORED POTATOES:
South Florida will finished with gold potatoes this week and wont start packing in the Hastings area until May 7. We will have approximately an 11 day gap on new-crop in the east.

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