The Source - December 19, 2018

Weather Update

Seasonally warm temperatures across California with gusty winds to the south are expected through the weekend. A Pacific low pressure system moves into the region early next week with rain and winds with a slight chance of rain from this system in Southern California. Dry conditions bring warm afternoons with cold mornings across Mexico into early next week when cooler afternoon temperatures are forecast. A strong storm system moves into Florida late Wednesday moving up the southeast coast with heavy rainfall late this week. high pressure builds behind the system with dry conditions following the storm.

Freight Update

California and Yuma trucks are thinning out as we speak and will be extremely tight thru next week. Washington apple, Idaho potato and onion trucks remain extremely tight and will stay that way until after the first of the year. The national average on diesel remained the same this week and is still at 3.21 per gallon. An increase of .22 from this time last year. California prices dropped slightly and are now at 3.835 per gallon. Crude oil dropped to 47.57 per barrel.

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Apples Alert

Red Delicious are steady on most sizes with good availability. They continue to peak on extra fancy fruit in the medium size range. Look for this to continue through the New Year. Golden Delicious and Granny Smith will remain short with high pricing through the balance of the season. Granny Smith are peaking on 88 and larger. Galas are steady with moderate availability. Fuji's are peaking on 88/100s. Honeycrisp are very limited. Quality of all varieties have been nice.

- Mike Gorczyca

Alerts:
Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are in a demand exceeds supply situation

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

Not much has changed in Southern Baja (Constitucion), still seeing cold weather, and low production due to the weather/seasonality. Production should wrap up in this region in the next 10 days. Weather in Northern Caborca Mexico is also cold, and production is slow due to the cold weather. Weather has started to warm up in the south of Peru (Ica), but the weather in the north of Peru (Trujillo) is still unchanged. Due to the warmer weather in the south, we have started to see some seeding, and spreading in the tips. The market is about the same as last week, and demand is about the same on both coast.

- Tony Pinto
Growing Region Market Quality
Ica, Peru to Trujillo Steady Good
Southern Baja, MX Steady/Higher Good
Caborca, Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Avocado (Mexican)

Weather in the growing region of Michoacán Mexico is calling for temps in the mid to upper 70s with no rain in the forecast this week. The demand is light as there is an abundance of fruit in the pipeline. Fruit cuts well and eats great. Current market price on Mexican fruit ranges from 20.00-25.00 this week, California will start up mid-January with light volume.

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

Bell pepper supplies continue to be on the tight side. Demand has declined for bell pepper from the retail outlets, but foodservice accounts are still pulling normal amounts of choice and large pepper keeping pricing bunched tightly from top to bottom. Supplies are concentrated in the southwestern and southeastern part of Florida, most of the supply is coming from the western part of the state. Some larger shippers chose not to start until late because early markets have not been profitable in the past few seasons, those shippers will start this week or just after New Years. Quality has been good for the most part, a few issues have shown up due to pitting from cold weather. Cooler temperatures have slowed harvest and rain is in the forecast for late this week.

- Steve Sterling

Alerts:
Bell Pepper Supplies are still tight

Transitions:
Bell Pepper is not in transition

Peak Seasons:
Bell pepper is not in peak season.

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

Green Bell Pepper-Green bell peppers continue to be harvested in Hermosillo and Guaymas, Sonora. Green bells also being harvested in Sinaloa from Los Mochis and Culican. Green bell pepper production expected to increase over the next few weeks from both growing districts. Good supplies of peppers being seen from both districts. More number one grade being packed than choice. The pepper market remains steady. Volume on both #1 pack and choice meet demand. Green bell pepper from Mexico are also available to load in McAllen, TX.

Red Bell Pepper- Very limited volume of Red Bell pepper continue to be available to load in Nogales, AZ from Mexico. Light volume of red bell pepper being harvested in Sinaloa this week. Red bell demand continues to exceed supply. Market on red bell pepper should continue high along with pricing. Red bell supply from Mexico crossing through Nogales, AZ and McAllen, TX continues to be extremely limited.

Yellow Bell Pepper- Yellow bell continues to be light. More choice grade currently being packed than #1 grade. Yellow bell expected to start in Sinaloa within two weeks. Demand for yellow bell pepper currently exceeds supply. Market remains strong. Yellow Hot House bells are also available to load in McAllen, TX where supplies are also limited.

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

Blackberries continue to be in good supplies coming out of Mexico and pricing remains steady with the occasional shipper temporarily looking to move to maintain rotation in inventories. Quality has been good overall with the rain having little effect with most of the berries being grown under hoops. As with the raspberries, there has been some concern about the cooler weather affecting yields in the near future. Look for pricing to remain steady through the end of the week.

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

Blueberries are expected to be lower in price overall after being relatively tight during last week depending on the day of loading between container arrivals. Increased numbers of import fruit is anticipated for the end of the week with Chile, in particular, ramping up volume. The quality in all areas has been good. Many shippers are looking to promote to help stay ahead of the upswing in volume and the typical lull in the market just prior to the holidays. Look for good availability from Thursday and into next week on blues.

- Mike Moreno
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Southern Chile Lower/Steady Good
Trujillo, Peru Lower/Steady Good
Tucuman, Argentina Lower/Steady Good
Berries (Raspberries) Alert

Raspberries continue to be inadequate supplies with the only problems being late or delayed crossings into the US from Mexico. Prices have fluctuated slightly upward due to the brisk holiday demand but overall look to remain steady for the end of the week. .There has been some talk of a recent cold snap in the Mexican growing areas that may affect supplies in the near future.

- Mike Moreno

Alerts:
Cooler weather in Mexico could cause lighter supplies in the near future we will keep you posted

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

Strawberries are tight.

- Mike Moreno

Alerts:
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Growing Region Market Quality
Santa Maria, CA Higher Fair
Oxnard, CA Higher Fair
Central Mexico Higher Good
Central Florida Higher Fair
Berries (Strawberries) Alert

The overall strawberry market remains very tight moving into the weekend. Advanced bookings with lighter than normal harvests are combining to leave the open market with minimal product available. Santa Maria is beginning to recover from the weekend rain which severely hampered harvests. Quality is only fair due to the recent rains. Oxnard continues to slowly increase volume as more growers begin the new crop harvesting. Quality is good due to the fact that the recent rains did not have as much of an impact in that area. Expect to see similar availability and prices through next week. Mexico is still exporting sporadic amounts of strawberries into the McAllen Texas point of entry as well as to distribution points in the Yuma AZ and Otay Mesa. The Florida berry harvest has been severely curtailed by intermittent periods of heavy rains over the past week with more on the way for the end of the week.

- Mike Moreno

Alerts:
Berries will remain in a demand exceeds supply through next week in all growing areas

Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard, CA Steady/Higher Good
Santa Maria, CA Steady Fair
Central Mexico Steady Good
Central Florida Steady/Higher Fair
Broccoli

The broccoli market has started to adjust downward with all suppliers. Supplies have picked on broccoli in all areas as suppliers are catching up. Quality is fair with slight purpling, some mechanical damage, and occasional yellow cast. Look for supplies to continue to improve going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Yuma, AZ Lower Good
Salinas Valley, CA Lower Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Lower Good
Brussels Sprouts

The Brussels Sprouts market has come off with more steady supplies coming out of Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville areas. Quality has been affected by the rain as well as the insect pressure particularly the Diamondback Moth and will be an ongoing battle this season. Look for the Brussels Sprout market to remain steady going into next week.

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

The carrot market continues to remain steady. 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 continues to adjust downward with a more supply in recent days with the recent and current weather in Yuma. Overall, the quality has been good with minor bruising and some yellow cast with weights in the 25 to 28-pound level. Look for this market to continue to adjust going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Lower Good
Yuma, AZ Lower Good
Celery

This market is firm, but expected to ease up next week. Suppliers currently are continuing to watch averages likely until the end of the week. Value-added items currently are escalated as well as all contracts. Expect production to pick up after the holidays as demand will likely fall off. Production in the southern California region will be moderate to light for the rest of this week. The availability is about equal in all sizing. Some seeder has been reported as well as a little insect damage, but overall, this commodity continues to be above average in quality. Transfers to Yuma will continue but a cost for delivery will continue with all suppliers. The best deals continue to be out of the Santa Maria growing region.

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

Import cherries are still readily available. We have several loading options on both the east and west coast. Quality is being reported as strong. Markets have been high and steady. Demand seems to be light. We have a variety of sizes available.

- Sean Azzelio
Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Steady/Higher Good
Chili Peppers

Jalapenos- Jalapenos are available to load in Nogales, from Mexico. Jalapeno crop from Sinaloa is scheduled to start harvesting as early as next week. The market for Jalapeno is expected to remain strong for the next couple of weeks. Quality loading in Nogales continues to be reported as fair to good.

Pasilla-Pasilla volume continues to be light. Cool weather in the growing region has slowed down production. Market on pasilla pepper remains high. Quality on pasilla from Sinaloa being reported as good.

Anaheim- Moderate volume currently on Anaheim pepper. The cooler weather is affecting production in the Sonora and Sinaloa growing districts. Quality in Anaheim is being reported as good. Anaheim pepper from Mexico also available to load in McAllen, TX.

Serrano – Serrano peppers are available to load in Nogales, from Mexico. Volume is down, and the southern area will start late this season due to storm damage from a few months back. The market is strong, and should remain that way until the southern Mexican regions begin to harvest. Serrano peppers are also available to load in McAllen, TX.

Tomatillo – Tomatillos are available to load in Nogales, from Mexico. Supplies from the southern areas will not be available until January. The market is very strong and is expected to remain strong. The cool weather is affecting husked and peeled tomatillos. Quality is reported as fair to good. Tomatillos also available to load in McAllen, TX

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Sonora, Mexico Higher Good
Cilantro

The Cilantro market continues to remain steady as growers are coming in with slightly higher yields than previous weeks. The cilantro quality continues to be good. Look for the cilantro market to continue to stay steady going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Yuma, AZ Steady Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Citrus (Lemons)

Supplies are improving, some suppliers offering promotable volume. Currently harvesting out of all three districts with the majority coming out of District 3 (Desert crop). With the upcoming holiday District 3 will be a challenge with the labor shortage, markets expected to be firm. District 1 volume is starting to come on stronger with markets coming off on all sizing as inventory and supplies begin to build. The rain early this week didn’t affect harvest, but suppliers are making sure to pack ahead to avoid jeopardizing fulfilling orders. All regions have a good run on sizes and expected to continue to improve as weather permits.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Coachella, CA / Yuma, AZ Lower/Steady Good
Oxnard/Ventura, CA Lower/Steady Good
Citrus (Limes)

Lime supplies are lightening up, market prices are climbing as we head to the holidays. With cooler weather in the growing regions in Mexico and limited transportation availability as well during the holidays we’re seeing prices slowly climbing. Going into the new year market prices on big sizes expecting to drop and small size pricing looking to climb. Current market prices range from $6 -$13 depending on the size.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Veracruz, Mexico Steady/Higher Fair
Citrus (Oranges)

California Navels is moving along markets are down with good supplies across the board, plenty of promotable volume and great quality. Moving forward, suppliers will slow harvest down in anticipation for the holiday week. With rain early this past week, we could see supplies clean up and have a fresh start to 2019. Although some of the supplies and “deals” cleaned up, there are still good supplies of navels to move. The pack has been mostly fancy grade and limited choice. With bag business, the choice fruit supplies continue to be limited. Through the holiday, most suppliers continue to harvest and pack 4-5 days per week. Brix averages remain at 10-12, some 13. With the cooler temperatures, gas hours are slowly coming down and the color of the fruit showing more uniform color. Satsuma Mandarins supplies are ample on any size or pack style. Brix is 12-14 and extremely juicy. Delite Mandarins are coming along peaking on 32/28/24 followed by size 36. Plenty of Pummelos available sizing and quality look great. Cara Caras & Blood oranges have started supplies are light to start but will improve over the next few weeks.

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

More cucumber supplies are showing up from the Honduran import shippers. Harvest continues on local Florida cucumbers and volume has actually bounced back over the last week. Quality is still an issue with the local Florida cucumbers as the season is winding down and weather has not been conducive for cucumbers. Quality on offshore product has been very good and supplies will pick up as we go through the week.

- Steve Sterling

Alerts:
Better supplies are showing up from Honduras

Transitions:
Cucumbers are transitioning to the Honduran Imports.

Peak Seasons:
Cucumbers are not in peak season but peak season is coming soon.

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

Cucumber volume has increased as both Sonora and Sinaloa continue to harvest cucumber. The current cucumber market is steady but expected to drop as we go into the Christmas holiday. Good quality has been seen on cucumber loading in Nogales, AZ.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Eggplant (Eastern) Alert

There are good supplies of eggplant in south Florida. Eggplant supply has been concentrated in the southwestern part of Florida so far this season, now a few shippers on the east side of the state are starting. Supply has increased over the past week and quality is good. Demand has slowed with the holidays, eggplant is not a big Thanksgiving or Christmas dish so shippers have reduced pricing to keep product moving. Expect good supplies through the end of the year, eggplant acreage is down in Florida this season but those effects should not be felt until mid-January.

- Steve Sterling

Alerts:
Better supplies of eggplant.

Transitions:
Eggplant is not in transition

Peak Seasons:
Eggplant is in peak season.

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

Fancy and Choice grade currently available to load in Nogales, AZ from Mexico. Supplies meet demand on all sizes of eggplant. Good quality being reported on eggplant loading in Nogales, AZ. The eggplant market currently reported as steady.

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

Green grapes have become limited and demand has been strong. The last of the domestic fruit is scarce and quality is fair. We are seeing some discoloration, wet berries, and early decay. Market prices are higher and firm. The imported fruit is getting started and supplies are limited. Quality is being reported as strong, but market prices are much higher. We expect supplies of Peruvian and Chilean green grapes to improve over the next 2 weeks. As we start the beginning of the year, we anticipate having better availability and prices should gradually trend down.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Green grapes are lighter in supplies. Markets are higher. Domestic quality is fair.

Transitions:
Import fruit is getting started. Supplies are currently light and markets are high. Better availability is expected after the new year.

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

Import grape season has started in a light way. We now have access to Peruvian red grapes loading in Philly and Los Angeles. Market prices are higher as supplies are currently limited. Quality is being reported as very good. As for domestic red grapes, there is still plenty of storage crop available. We are seeing a split market between younger stronger fruit and some older weaker varieties. Shippers expect to have decent supplies for the next 2 weeks then gradually phase into only import. By the beginning of the year, we should see improved supplies on imported fruit and market prices become more aligned.

- Sean Azzelio

Transitions:
Import season has just started with light volume. Prices are higher. We expect better suppliers after the first of the year.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Higher Good
Delano, CA Higher Fair
Green Onions

The Green Onion market has picked up recently from demand with the holidays. The recent heat followed with rain has been causing some occasional leaf minor and some mechanical damage. The green onion market will continue to be in demand going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Mexicali, Baja Steady/Higher Good
Kale

The kale market is now stronger with the recent cooler weather in Yuma. Quality is good with full bunches, and only an occasional yellow leaf being reported.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Yuma, AZ Steady/Higher Good
Lettuce Iceberg

Supplies of this commodity after weeks has finally caught up with demand. Supplies currently exceed demand and pricing is reaching near rock bottom. The cause of this commodity falling so drastically can be blamed by a few factors. Schools are out for the holidays and a fifty dollar markets have put an end to a very active market. Escalated pricing on value-added product as well as contracts will be off by the end of the week. Puffiness, misshapen heads and mechanical are issues that have been reported upon arrivals. Lettuce weights have picked up, ranging from 40-44 pounds. Production in Santa Maria and Yuma will be heavy and labor due to the holidays will be light. Shippers are dealing so promote as much as possible.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Lower Fair
Yuma, AZ Lower Fair
Lettuce Leaf

Romaine has reached rock bottom pricing yet customers are shying away from this commodity. The fear of ecoli has swept this country and although there has been no links to Yuma having this issue, the fear is real. Green and red leaf, as well as butter, are finally coming down from fifty dollar markets these past few weeks. Demand has fallen off and like lettuce, green and red leaf, as well as butter, will tumble in the marketplace. Escalated pricing will likely be off by the end of the week. Production is expected to be moderate for the rest of the week. The quality overall is fair.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Lower Fair
Yuma, AZ Lower Fair
Lettuce Tender Leaf

The Tender Leaf market has started to come off on spring mix, arugula, baby spinach, and cello spinach. With demand coming off a bit during the holidays, suppliers are able to catch up even with the recent cold weather in Yuma. Quality issues are fair with minimal yellowing and bruising of the tender leaves. Look for these items to continue to adjust going into next week.

- Steve Cagle
Growing Region Market Quality
Yuma, AZ Lower/Steady Good
Melon (Cantaloupe)

Weather in the growing region of Hermosillo Mexico calls for temps in the 70s-80s with no rain this week. Mexico is providing very little volume on cantaloupes and also limited on all sizes. Quality is fair with a steady to higher market this week.
Offshore fruit- Weather in Zacapa Guatemala this week calls for temps in the 80s-90s with some rain over the weekend going into early next week. We are also seeing light volume coming into the U.S. so far. Very light volume hitting the west coast. We are seeing reports of good quality on offshore fruit. With supplies being tight, suppliers are having to sub sizes or push orders out a few days.

- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Hermosillo, Mexico Steady/Higher Fair
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady/Higher Good
Melon (Honeydew)

Weather in the growing region of Hermosillo Mexico calls for temps in the 70s-80s with no rain this week. Mexico is providing very little volume on honeydews and also limited on all sizes. Quality is fair with a steady to higher market this week.
Offshore fruit- Weather in Zacapa Guatemala this week calls for temps in the 80s-90s with some rain over the weekend going into early next week. We are also seeing light volume coming into the U.S. so far. Very light volume hitting the west coast. We are seeing reports of good quality on offshore fruit. With supplies being tight, suppliers are having to sub sizes or push orders out a few days. We will see some offshore watermelons arriving by the end of the month.

- Mike Magana
Growing Region Market Quality
Hermosillo, Mexico Steady/Higher Fair
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady/Higher Good
Melon (Watermelon)

Supplies continue to be light on watermelon. Watermelon currently being harvested in Sinaloa. Pricing on new crop watermelon has increased but should remain steady. Quality on new crop watermelon being reported as good.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Jalisco, Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Onions

Markets are steady on all colors and most sizes. Jumbo Yellow Onions have a slightly stronger undertone out of areas. Quality is excellent. Good time to stay ahead of your inventories with the Holiday's coming up next week. Transportation is limited.

- Mike Gorczyca
Growing Region Market Quality
Ontario, OR to Nampa, ID Steady/Higher Excellent
Quincy/Hermiston, WA Steady Excellent
Pears

Bartlett pears are steady and peaking on US#1 100s. D'anjous are steady and peaking on 80/90s. Bosc are steady and peaking on US#1 80/90s. Red Bartletts/Red Sensations remain steady and peaking on 45/50 half cartons. Quality for all varieties have been good with little to no reports of issues upon arrivals.

- Mike Gorczyca
Growing Region Market Quality
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady Good
Pineapples

Current supplies are limited, and will continue as we go into the new year. The decrease in supplies is due to Costa Rica having issues with Basal Staining. This causes a discolored ring around the base of the pineapples causing too much moisture in the soil from previous heavy rains. Shippers have stepped up their selection process for packing to ensure the best quality arrives, hence causing lower volumes moving forward. This is industry wide and forecasted to remain limited until January. Volumes should gradually increase as we move through the first quarter of 2019. Current market prices on all sizes between $10-$12.

- Andrew Flores
Growing Region Market Quality
Heredia, Costa Rica Steady/Higher Fair
La Cieba, Honduras Steady/Higher Fair
Retalhuleu, Guatemala Steady/Higher Fair
Potatoes

Potato market is steady with good supplies of 80 count and smaller with 60 counts and larger limited. Most growers are running their smaller lots due to the holiday's demand to fill the retail bales. Quality is good with few reports of issues upon arrivals. Norkotah's are still the main variety being packed with a few sheds running Burbank's. Burbank's are getting a slight premium. Transportation is limited with high rates. It is a good time to stay ahead of inventories with the holiday's coming up.

- Mike Gorczyca

Peak Seasons:
Potatoes are in Peak season out of all growing areas

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

Color Potato market is steady out of all growing areas. Quality is good. Look for this to continue into the New Year.

- Mike Gorczyca
Growing Region Market Quality
Bakersfield, CA Steady Excellent
Rupert to Rexburg, ID Steady Excellent
Mount Vernon, WA Steady Excellent
Pasco/Tri-Cities, WA Steady Good
Red River Valley, ND Steady Good
Plover, WI Steady Fair
Squash (Eastern) Alert

Squash supply has bounced back over the past week. Squash plants have cycled more than most vegetables, last week we were in a down cycle and this week we are bouncing back to an up cycle. Most squash supply is being produced in Homestead and southwest Florida, temperatures have been moderate over the past week helping production but the forecast is calling for rain late this week possibly slowing harvest. Quality has been good with most shippers in all areas of the state.

- Steve Sterling

Alerts:
Good supplies of squash

Transitions:
Squash is not in transition

Peak Seasons:
squash supply is not in peak season but supply is picking up.

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

Italian and Yellow S/N- Good Volume on both Italian and Yellow S/N being seen this week. Quality on both varieties from Sinaloa being reported as good. More #1 grade being packed than choice on both varieties. Markets on both Italian and yellow S/N have started to drop as we enter the Christmas holiday.

- Paul Montez
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Stone Fruit Alert

The import stone fruit season is just getting started. Peruvian and Chilean fruit is arriving via boat in minimal amounts this week. Varieties and sizes are limited. However, we do have some peaches, nectarines and plums being offered loading out of Philly and Los Angeles. Quality is being reported as good and market prices are high at this point. We expect supplies to improve after the first of the year and we should see market prices trend down as volume bumps up.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Import fruit is available in limited amounts. Markets are high.

Transitions:
We expect import fruit production to increase after the first of the year.

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

Florida is past their volume for the season and continuing to rotate fields to keep production on track for the coming winter programs. Florida is currently harvesting in Palmetto/Ruskin districts from 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th picks, helping to keep Eastern supply steady. Cool weather last week coupled with forecasts for more chilling weather this week has developed a market where mediocre supply is expected for at least another week which has caused most varieties to remain constant, with little to no change in price. The weather has also impeded quality causing softer tomatoes and some decay as fruit continues to ripen after harvest. The Roma tomato market is beginning showing signs of recovery. Last week as Mexico increased imports and continued to improve this week by as much as $2 or more. Immokalee/Naples farm operations are beginning to ramp up operations but will not have any significant volume until late December providing for a steady marketplace through the end of the month.

- Aaron Aliotti
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Florida Lower/Steady Fair
Tomatoes (Western)

Baja and Eastern Mexico supplies continue to decline shifting the demand to mainland Mexico where winter farms are have started in a light way. Round tomato production remains limited at this time but forecasted to improve by the end of the month. Roma tomatoes continue to improve as harvest increase out of new fields crossing into Nogales helping to soften the market again this week. Grape tomatoes are improving as well as shipments through Nogales increase, however cool weather in Mexico have contributed to a slow start. As more growers begin winter harvests in the next 10-12 days, supplies will continue to build through the new year providing for more value buys in January.

- Aaron Aliotti
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Nayarit/Sinaloa, Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Northern Baja California Sur, Mexico Steady Good

Things You Should Know

Apples
Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are in a demand exceeds supply situation

Bell Peppers (Eastern)
Bell Pepper Supplies are still tight

Berries (Raspberries)
Cooler weather in Mexico could cause lighter supplies in the near future we will keep you posted

Berries (Strawberries)
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Berries (Strawberries)
Berries will remain in a demand exceeds supply through next week in all growing areas

Cucumbers (Eastern)
Better supplies are showing up from Honduras

Eggplant (Eastern)
Better supplies of eggplant.

Grapes (Green)
Green grapes are lighter in supplies. Markets are higher. Domestic quality is fair.

Squash (Eastern)
Good supplies of squash

Stone Fruit
Import fruit is available in limited amounts. Markets are high.

Transitions and Temperatures

Grapes (Green)
Import fruit is getting started. Supplies are currently light and markets are high. Better availability is expected after the new year.

Grapes (Red)
Import season has just started with light volume. Prices are higher. We expect better suppliers after the first of the year.

Stone Fruit
We expect import fruit production to increase after the first of the year.

Squash (Eastern)
Squash is not in transition

Eggplant (Eastern)
Eggplant is not in transition

Cucumbers (Eastern)
Cucumbers are transitioning to the Honduran Imports.

Bell Peppers (Eastern)
Bell Pepper is not in transition

A Peak at Peak Seasons

Potatoes
Potatoes are in Peak season out of all growing areas

Squash (Eastern)
squash supply is not in peak season but supply is picking up.

Eggplant (Eastern)
Eggplant is in peak season.

Cucumbers (Eastern)
Cucumbers are not in peak season but peak season is coming soon.

Bell Peppers (Eastern)
Bell pepper is not in peak season.

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