The Source - January 18, 2017

Weather Update

A series of three potent storm systems are set to roll into California moving south down the coast into Northern Baja, Mexico and the Southwestern Desert regions, today into early next week. Heavy rain is expected throughout California as strong winds and cold temperatures will accompany these systems as the roll through the region. The tail end of these systems will impact Northern Mexico and Baja with rain and cooler temperatures into early next week. The California growing region already saturated from previous storms will take another hit with these strong systems this week. High pressure over Central Mexico will keep the region generally warm and dry with decreasing humidity into0 next week. Florida will see dry conditions in front of a couple of storm systems over the weekend into early next week. The first system expected late Friday will move through the northern half of state followed by a stronger system moving down the state on Monday.

Freight Update

California trucks are steady and should remain that way throughout the month. WA Apple trucks are steady. Idaho potato/onion trucks remain adequate at best. Road conditions continue to be tough from Washington all the way thru Nebraska. Wyoming continues to be open and shut down due to treacherous snow and ice on the roadways. Please plan an extra day or two on normal deliveries. The National Average for diesel remained steady from last week and is currently at 2.585 per gallon. An increase of .473 from this time last year. California prices remained steady as well and are currently at 2.937 per gallon. Crude oil remains steady and is currently at 52.49 per barrel.

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Apples Alert

Washington - red delicious are mostly steady on all sizes and most shippers are still flexing for volume of 88s and larger. Reds are still peaking on extra-fancy 88s and larger and they have good volume. Golden delicious are steady on all sizes and continue to peak on 72/80/88s. Small Goldens remain very short with very few 125s and smaller. Most suppliers are subbing up in grade to cover the smaller sizes. Granny-smith are steady and are still peaking on 72/80/88's. Granny 100s and smaller supplies are exceptionally limited now. Most suppliers are still having to sub up in grade to cover the smaller sizes. The Gala market is steady on all sizes. Galas are still peaking on 80/88/100/72s and they have good volume in the larger sizes. Fuji's are also steady on all sizes and are still peaking on 72/80/88s. Honeycrisp are peaking on 80/88/100s and are steady but strong due to light supplies esp in the lower grades. The quality for red delicious, golden delicious, granny-smith, Galas, Fujis, and Honey Crisp has been good. Braeburns, Jonagolds, Red Romes, Cameos, and the other varietals are available but in limited numbers.
Idaho---red delicious, Red Romes, and Pink Lady's are the bulk of the current production and are all fairly steady with light availability. Most varieties are peaking on 64-100s. The quality has been good.
Michigan--McIntosh and Empires are steady but strong due to lighter supplies. Golden delicious, Jonathans, red Romes, Galas, red delicious, and Fujis are all fairly steady. Galas, Red Romes, and Jonathans are still peaking on the smaller sizes while the Golden delicious, Red delicious, Fujis, and Macintosh are peaking on the medium sizes. The quality has been good.
New York---Empires and McIntosh are steady but strong to light supplies and strong demand. Red delicious, Galas, Fujis, and Red Romes are all steady. The sizing has been medium to small with New York having a high percentage of smaller fruit. The quality has been good.

- John Tole

Alerts:
Small granny-smith apples are extremely limited now due to larger C.A. fruit. Unfortunately we appear to be stuck most large granny's. Smaller size Golden delicious are also short.

Peak Seasons:
Washington, Michigan, New York, and Idaho are all in the peak of their seasons.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coopersville/Belding/Sparta, MI Steady Good
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady Good
Milton, NY Steady Good
Caldwell, ID Steady Good
Asparagus

The Asparagus Market is still very active as Peruvian Summertime Asparagus winds down and growers transition into Mexican (Caborca) product.

Mexico’s Caborca growing region will expect more rain this weekend, in addition to a cold front which will cause a slowdown in production. This will result in lighter volumes. The Market remains very active day to day. We will continue to expect volatility for the next 10 days as Peru declines before Mexico production increases.

- Lindsay Barthold
Growing Region Market Quality
Ica, Peru to Trujillo Steady/Higher Fair
Caborca, Mexico Higher Good
Avocado (Mexican)

Shipments from Mexico this week are expected to be in the 44 million pounds as production ramps up for the Super Bowl. Projections call for 45-47 million pounds next week, then begin to tapper toward the end of the month and into early February after the Super Bowl run up. Overall demand leading up to he Super Bowl will likely be higher than available supply, pushing pricing upward. The overall size curve is skewing toward smaller fruit and a heaver percentage of #2 fruit.

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

Excellent Quality, Condition and supply. Supply exceeds demand keeping market on Green Bells low and very reasonable. Mostly offering number one grade peaking on large , xlarge and jumbo.

Colored bells have started strong with good quality and condition. Supply exceeds demand keeping Market on Colored bells modest. Shipping from Mexico crossing in Nogales.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Good
Berries (Blackberries) Alert

Supply is tightening as Mexico and Southern California have experienced cooler temperatures which have slowed down the maturing process of the unripe fruit. Some growers are also approaching their typical seasonal decline of the crop and we're now seeing lighter availability industry wide.







- Tom Smith

Alerts:
Supply has tightened sharply and we are now limited out of all growing and loading regions.





Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Oxnard, CA Steady/Higher Good
Berries (Blueberries)

Supplies are steady and good volume is still being shipped from Southern Chile, Peru and Mexico. Demand and the market for quality blueberries have moved up slightly over the past few weeks. There are some reports of older fruit in the industry that is arriving with quality issues. Be aware that there are varying levels of age and quality of the fruit currently.










- Tom Smith

Peak Seasons:
Chilean production from the southern region is coming off of peak. Volume will begin to decline over the coming weeks.





Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Chile Steady Good
Central Mexico Steady Good
Trujillo, Peru Steady Good
Berries (Raspberries)

Central Mexico is well past peak and production volume is on the decline. Frost in the growing regions has also affected supply. Rain forecasted in California this week could affect supply coming out of that region over the coming week. Overall production should begin to ramp back up by mid-late February.







- Tom Smith
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard, CA Steady/Higher Good
Central Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Berries (Strawberries) Alert

Demand is exceeding supply, production is limited from all growing regions. CA is expecting significant rain showers starting Wednesday evening and lasting through early next week. This is likely to further limit production and supply. FL crop is recovering from recent cold weather and rain. Although production is limited this week, expectations are for increased volume coming in the next 7-10 days. MX estimates are down over recent weeks due to cool weather and rain. This area is expected to increase production over the next week.

- Tom Smith

Alerts:
Demand is exceeding supply and rain is forecasted in California's southern strawberry growing regions that threatens to further disrupt production over the next 5-7 days.







Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard, CA Higher Good
Central Florida Higher Good
Central Mexico Higher Good
Broccoli Alert

the broccoli market is active due to a couple of reasons. The rain in Santa Maria has affected quality with pin rot and rain damage. Supplies from Mexico are decreasing as well as the Yuma growing region. We are already experiencing shipper to shipper trading. This has caused the market to trend much higher. Look for this trend to follow into next week with long term supply help 3 weeks out.

- Gabe Romero

Alerts:
The rain in Santa Maria coupled with far less supplies from other growing regions has caused this market to escalate.

Growing Region Market Quality
Yuma, AZ Higher Good
Phoenix, AZ Higher Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Higher Fair
Celaya Guanjuato Mexico Higher Good
McAllen, TX Higher Good
Brussels Sprouts

The will be plenty of brussel sprouts this week. The market has remained steady and some shippers will be looking for volume deals. Quality from both California and Mexico has been really good. Also all sizes will be available this week. This trend will follow into next week.

- Gabe Romero

Peak Seasons:
We are in peak season for product coming from Mexico.

Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Baja California Norte, Mexico Steady Good
Salinas Valley, CA Steady Good
Carrots

Carrot supplies remain good and look continue so, with jumbo, cello and value added product. Cooler weather is slowing size growth slightly and we are seeing market price on the jumbo size carrots firming up.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Bakersfield/Santa Maria, CA Steady/Higher Excellent
Cauliflower Alert

The cauliflower market has found its competitive level and there will be opportunities for volume deals. Supplies will be increasing this week and into next. Quality has been good overall. Although there have been some reports of brown to black bruising/spotting upon arrival.

- Gabe Romero

Alerts:
The cauliflower market is finally settling to a competitive level.

Growing Region Market Quality
Yuma, AZ Lower/Steady Good
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Lower/Steady Good
Celery

This market is firm to start the week. Slight insect damage, twisting and some mechanical damage has been reported but minimal. The overall quality continues to be good, overall. Supplies look to be tighter by the end of the week as rain is expected in the southern California region starting Wednesday and going thru the week. Currently all sizes are available for shipping.

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

The Chilean cherry season is about done. There is some fruit available to load on the east and west coasts, but inventories are winding down and the quality is questionable. All fruit is showing scaring and pitting. Market prices have remained steady. Inventories will be depleted by next week.

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

Pablano - Excellent size and Quality and color will continue with steady to heavier supply.

Tomatillo-Heavy supply and excellent quality on fresh crop, both peeled and husked. Sizing is good. Color and condition will continue to be great.

Jalapeno- good quality on new crop pepper, Excellent Size color and condition with huge supplies. Many number 2s are being shipped.

Anaheim- good quality and condition and size are expected to continue as supply improves.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Good
Cilantro Alert

the weather in Oxnard and Santa Maria has caused a stir in the market. Supplies are limited due to the rain. Also there is rain in the weather for this Wednesday through the weekend. This will put pressure on supplies from Yuma and Mexico. The market is firm at current levels but watch for the end of the week for higher markets. Quality has also been a factor with yellowing and black slimy leaves showing up upon arrival.

- Gabe Romero

Alerts:
The rainy weather for later this week will cut back supplies from California, putting pressure on Mexico and Yuma to carry the load. This market will trend higher.

Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady/Higher Fair
Baja, MX Steady/Higher Fair
Citrus (Lemons)

Over all supplies have been impacted by rains in the Central Valley and the small amounts that they have been bring to market. The desert crop is 80% harvested and with size growth, larger sizes predominate peaking 115s/95s/140s making 165s and 200s short.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Coachella, CA / Yuma, AZ Steady/Higher Good
Merced/Bakersfield, CA Steady/Higher Good
Citrus (Limes)

The lime market is steady to lower on all sizes. The steady to lower market market is due to an overall increase in volume. The old crop harvest is in the larger size profile 110/150's while the new crop is 230/250's. We are experiencing a little bit of a short supply on 175's and 200's which looks to be the case for the next week or so. The quality is good with a few reports of moldy fruit from the previous rains. No more adverse weather is being reported for the near future so we should experience normal market fluctuations.

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Veracruz, Mexico Lower/Steady Excellent
Citrus (Oranges) Alert

The main growing area for California Navels was hit hard with rains last week, flooding many of the groves or just to wet to get equipment into them to harvest. The clear weather over the weekend and the first couple of day this week allowed growers to get some picking done, but it was a slow go with such wet ground and only limited amounts were picked. Another set a wet storms are set to hit the area beginning Wednesday and continue to rain through next Monday/Tuesday, and expect no harvest during this wet period. Forecast shows a period of dry weather beginning mid next week through the end of the month. There are only very limited supplies left for week, with many shippers already sold out of this weeks limited harvest. If rains do come as expected, and no harvest the balance and the first part of next week, we will see a gap in the supply until harvest resumes.

- Tim Kelley

Alerts:
Rains returning to California's main growing area beginning Wednesday through next Monday/Tuesday. Expect gap in supplies balance of this week and into next week.

Growing Region Market Quality
Merced to Bakersfield, CA Steady/Higher Good
Riverside, CA Steady/Higher Good
Cucumbers (Western)

Good supply on cucumber coming out Mexico, Excellent color, quality and condition on all grades sizes and pack styles. Supply will continue with slightly less volume for the next week.Euro cucumber is also available in very limited supply, both #1and #2 both single layer and bushel boxes.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Eggplant (Western)

Good Quality and size are currently being shipped from Nogales, mostly larger sizes are available in limited volume. Some lots showing internal discoloration.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Grapes (Green)

Import green grapes continue to be steady in supplies. There is enough supply to cover demand on both coasts, but not nearly as much volume as the red grapes. Thus, markets have remained strong. We have not seen a steep decline in price, but rather a gradual drop as more product arrives. Quality has been good with occasional dark berries being reported. Supply is expected to continue to improve as we move forward; peak season will begin at the end of January.

- Sean Azzelio

Peak Seasons:
We will begin peak season by the end of the month.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Steady Good
Grapes (Red)

Red grapes are in excellent supply on both coasts. Supply exceeds demand and shippers are looking to do what it takes to move volume. We have multiple loading option in either location, aggressive pricing and good quality. All sizes are available in Flame or Crimson varieties. Supplies are expected to remain strong moving forward.

- Sean Azzelio

Peak Seasons:
We are entering the peak of the season with excellent supplies.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Lower Excellent
Green Onions Alert

There is a two tiered market structure. The iced green onions are more available and the market is trending lower. The iceless green onion market is holding firm at much higher quotes and supplies are limited. Quality remain really good despite the market. Although we have had sporadic arrivals with yellow to brown tops.

- Gabe Romero

Alerts:
Supplies are increasing at a slow rate. The market for iced is declining to lower levels. Although the iceless green onions are still limited and trending at higher levels.

Growing Region Market Quality
Mexicali, Baja Steady Good
Kale

Kale supplies look to be abundant for this week. The only thing that could hamper supplies would be the rain in Oxnard and Santa Maria for later this week. The market is steady but with the rain in the forecast it could trend higher to finish the week. Quality is excellent with full cartons, minimal yellowing, and little dehydration.

- Gabe Romero
Growing Region Market Quality
Yuma, AZ Steady Excellent
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Excellent
Baja, MX Steady Excellent
Lettuce Iceberg

The lettuce market continues to be flat. Suppliers are very interested in any offers that are available. Pricing throughout the industry is very competitive. Supplies clearly exceed demand and this looks to continue throughout the week. There is a 10-20% chance of rain in the desert by the end of the week. High temperatures in the 60's to 70s to lows of 48-52 will continue throughout the week. Overall the quality is reported to be good, with only slight discoloration and mildew and misshapen heads. Weights on palletized have has been reported to be 41 -45 pounds.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Yuma, AZ Steady Good
Lettuce Leaf

Production continues to be strong in availability with most shippers. Supplies continue to exceed demand and this will likely continue throughout the week. Quality issues have arisen in the desert region as well as southern California. The issues on romaine reported include blister and peel, decay, twisting and fringe burn seen sporadically in cartons. On green and red leaf as well as butter, the issues are less compared to romaine, but do exist. Weather conditions call for potential rain in Yuma by the end of the week, and definite rain in southern California starting on Wednesday and lasting through Saturday.

- Mike Pacheco
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Fair
Yuma, AZ Steady Fair
Melon (Cantaloupe)

Demand is good on all sizes. Supplies are steady to increasing at the moment. 12's continue to get increased demand due to substitution for 15ct. The 15ct are extremely short in supply with a grim availability outlook over the next few weeks. 18's continue to be extremely short in supply. The market is steady to lower across the board. The quality is excellent right now and for the long term outlook too. Weather has been ideal in the growing regions .

- Jim Murphy
Growing Region Market Quality
Choluteca, Honduras Lower/Steady Excellent
Zacapa, Guatemala Lower/Steady Excellent
Melon (Honeydew) Alert

Honeydew supplies are trending down. Mexico is exporting very nice looking honeydews up to us and their supplies are light for the next few months. Mexican dews are now the same price and higher than the offshore dews. Offshore dews have excellent quality and are peaking on large sizes such as 5's and 6's with 8's being extremely short supplied for several weeks. Offshore dew volume is returning to normal levels. Demand is not as strong so far this week. The market is currently steady on offshore dews and Mexican dews.

- Jim Murphy

Alerts:
Shippers are experiencing difficulties with west coast container arrivals and scattered quality issues which should be ironed out by the end of January. Light shipments to the west coast along with the port's being closed for Martin Luther King day yesterday has hampered shipping.

Growing Region Market Quality
Choluteca, Honduras Steady Excellent
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady Excellent
Guaymas, Mexico Steady Excellent
Melon (Watermelon)

Northern Mexico has finished and production from Southern Mexico is improving. Quality and condition are good with high sugar . Personal seedless is available in good supply.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Jalisco, Mexico Steady Good
Onions Alert

Idaho -Market on Yellow, Red and White onions are on the rise. Mother Nature is still causing major slow downs with supplies and transportation in Idaho and Washington areas. As reported last week, a few packing houses and onion storages collapsed due to the weight of the rain on Snow. The forecast is calling for cold, icy and snowy weather into the weekend which will keep supplies and transportation to snails pace. Long range forecast is calling for slightly warmer temperatures the following week. The weather has caused many of the packing house to only be able to run 1/2 days or not at all. This has focused supplies into fewer hands which has the onion market to rise. Quality has not been affect by this weather and is being reported as good. I feel this will be a short term market and will correct itself in the next couple of weeks.
Mexico - Supplies from Mexico are reported to start crossing the boarder into McAllen, Texas as early as next week. Weather in the growing areas has been very good up until this point which should bring a good quality crop to market. Supplies are reported to increase quickly which should take demand off the northwest.

- Mike Gorczyca

Alerts:
Weather related issues has caused the onion market to get active on all colors and sizes.

Transitions:
Mexico to start crossing Onions in the U.S. late next week.

Growing Region Market Quality
Ontario, OR to Nampa, ID Higher Good
Quincy/Hermiston, WA Higher Good
Tampico/Sonara, Mexico Steady Good
Pears Alert

Washington -- Bartlett pears are steady and still peaking on US#1 70/80/90s. Bartlett 100s and smaller remain fairly short. The storage quality has been good. D'anjou pears are steady and continue to peak on US#1 80/90/100s. D'anjou 110s and smaller remain extremely short and will be so for the balance of the season. The quality has been good. Bosc pears are also steady and are peaking on US#1 80/90/100s. The quality has been good. Red pears are steady and still peaking on US#1 45/50 half cartons but the availability is fairly light. The red pear quality has also been good.

- John Tole

Alerts:
Small Bartlett and D'anjou pears are still very short. The early Bartlett shippers will begin to finish for the season as we get into February so expect the supply situation to worsen on 110-size and smaller.

Peak Seasons:
Washington is in the peak of its season for D'anjou, Bartlett, and Bosc pears.

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

Supplies from the tropics look good and steady through the month and into February.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Alajuela, Costa Rica Steady Good
Heredia, Costa Rica Steady Good
Limon, Costa Rica Steady Good
Retalhuleu, Guatemala Steady Good
Peten, Guatemala Steady Good
La Ceiba, Honduras Steady Good
Potatoes

The Potato market is steady out of all areas with no significant changes expected until late May or early June. Quality is being reported as good out of shipping areas. Cold temperatures in the Idaho areas have slow the transportation of raw product to the packing sheds but has not put and any pressure on the markets. The forecast is calling for a slight warming trend as this week moves on which will improve supplies.

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

Bakersfield California - red, white, and gold potatoes are all steady on all sizes. The White market remains the strongest due to light supplies. All colors continue to peak on A size and the quality is good.
Idaho - red and gold potatoes are steady on all sizes. The red potatoes are peaking evenly between As and Bs while the golds are heavier to A-size. The quality is good.
Western Washington - red and gold potatoes are steady and continue to peak on A size. The quality has been good.
North Dakota - red and gold potatoes are steady on all sizes and they are still peaking on A size. The quality has been good.
Wisconsin - reds and golds are steady on all sizes but the market is strong due to light supplies. Some suppliers are sourcing bulk from North Dakota so they can finish the season, and that has pushed the market higher. The quality has ranged from fair to good.
Canada - reds, golds, and whites are mostly steady but some sizes are higher depending on the supplier. Some suppliers have more sacks while others have sacks and cartons. The quality has been good.

- John Tole

Transitions:
Florida is scheduled to start packing new-crop white, red, and yellow potatoes in early February.

Peak Seasons:
North Dakota, Idaho, Western Washington, and Bakersfield, California (winter whites) are all in the peak of their seasons.

Growing Region Market Quality
Bakersfield, CA Steady Good
Rupert to Rexburg, ID Steady Good
Mount Vernon, WA Steady Good
Plover, WI Steady Good
Red River Valley, ND Steady Good
Squash (Western) Alert

Supply on Italian and yellow squash have become very short due to a gap in production, Quality and condition continue to be only fair and shortage is expected to continue for at least the next 10days to 2 weeks. Hard Squash is also being harvested in very good supplies ,Mostly larger sizes and number one grade.

- Ki Thompson

Alerts:
Italian and yellow squash are in very short supply due to a gap in production that should continue for the next 10days. Quality and condition are fair at best.

Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Higher Fair
Stone Fruit

We are now in good supplies of Chilean stone fruit on both coasts. Apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums are available in a variety of sizes in both tray pack and volume fill. Quality is excellent. Shippers are looking for business and are willing to make aggressive deals to move volume. Market prices have started to decline as more product arrives. We will have good availability through the month of February.

- Sean Azzelio
Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo, Valaparaiso, Santiago and Rancagua, Chile Lower/Steady Excellent
Tomatoes (Eastern)

Cool weather over Florida has slowed the production of tomatoes but there is still adequate supply in the market place and quality is excellent on all varieties. As we move into Florida's winter season when less acreage is planted, overall supply will begin to decrease as we get into the month of February. Production is now focused in South Florida, where there are rounds, romas and grapes available daily.

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

Heavy volumes of tomatoes crossing from Mexico are keeping the markets low as Eastern supply begins to shrink. Sizing is heavier to larger sizes with many growers in crown picks. With the exception of a significant weather event, we can expect volumes to increase and quality to remain very nice for at least the next few weeks keeping the overall market steady with varieties widely available.

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

Things You Should Know

Apples
Small granny-smith apples are extremely limited now due to larger C.A. fruit. Unfortunately we appear to be stuck most large granny's. Smaller size Golden delicious are also short.

Berries (Blackberries)
Supply has tightened sharply and we are now limited out of all growing and loading regions.





Berries (Strawberries)
Demand is exceeding supply and rain is forecasted in California's southern strawberry growing regions that threatens to further disrupt production over the next 5-7 days.







Broccoli
The rain in Santa Maria coupled with far less supplies from other growing regions has caused this market to escalate.

Cauliflower
The cauliflower market is finally settling to a competitive level.

Cilantro
The rainy weather for later this week will cut back supplies from California, putting pressure on Mexico and Yuma to carry the load. This market will trend higher.

Citrus (Oranges)
Rains returning to California's main growing area beginning Wednesday through next Monday/Tuesday. Expect gap in supplies balance of this week and into next week.

Green Onions
Supplies are increasing at a slow rate. The market for iced is declining to lower levels. Although the iceless green onions are still limited and trending at higher levels.

Melon (Honeydew)
Shippers are experiencing difficulties with west coast container arrivals and scattered quality issues which should be ironed out by the end of January. Light shipments to the west coast along with the port's being closed for Martin Luther King day yesterday has hampered shipping.

Onions
Weather related issues has caused the onion market to get active on all colors and sizes.

Pears
Small Bartlett and D'anjou pears are still very short. The early Bartlett shippers will begin to finish for the season as we get into February so expect the supply situation to worsen on 110-size and smaller.

Squash (Western)
Italian and yellow squash are in very short supply due to a gap in production that should continue for the next 10days. Quality and condition are fair at best.

Transitions and Temperatures

Onions
Mexico to start crossing Onions in the U.S. late next week.

Potatoes (colored)
Florida is scheduled to start packing new-crop white, red, and yellow potatoes in early February.

A Peak at Peak Seasons

Grapes (Green)
We will begin peak season by the end of the month.

Brussels Sprouts
We are in peak season for product coming from Mexico.

Potatoes (colored)
North Dakota, Idaho, Western Washington, and Bakersfield, California (winter whites) are all in the peak of their seasons.

Grapes (Red)
We are entering the peak of the season with excellent supplies.

Apples
Washington, Michigan, New York, and Idaho are all in the peak of their seasons.

Pears
Washington is in the peak of its season for D'anjou, Bartlett, and Bosc pears.

Berries (Blueberries)
Chilean production from the southern region is coming off of peak. Volume will begin to decline over the coming weeks.





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