The Source - January 4, 2017

Weather Update

A series of storm systems move into California over the next week tapping into an "atmospheric river" of tropical moisture from the Central Pacific Ocean. This will bring substantial rain to most of California into early next week. Rainfall amounts will vary depending on the storm track. The Southwestern Desert regions will see cooler afternoon temperatures and breezy conditions as these systems pass to the north. High pressure continues in Mexico as a weak cold front brings a chance of scattered showers to Central Mexico late this week with generally dry conditions and above average temperatures expected into next week. A weak cold front moves through Southern Florida today followed by a stronger front over the weekend. This will provide significant rain to Northern Florida with diminishing returns to the south. High pressure returns Monday providing dry conditions early next week.

Freight Update

California trucks are semi tight but will loosen up toward the end of the week and look to be back to normal next week. Apple and Idaho potato/onion trucks remain tight but should improve next week. 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 rose .046 from last week and is currently at 2.586 per gallon. An increase of .375 from this time last year. California prices are up as well and are currently at 2.921 per gallon. Crude oil remains steady and is currently at 52.47 per barrel.

Commodity Updates (Click row for summary) Expand All

Apples Alert

Washington - red delicious are steady on all sizes but most shippers will still still flex for volume of the larger sizes. Red delicious are peaking on extra-fancy 88s and larger and they have promotable volume esp. in the higher grades. Golden delicious are steady on all sizes and continue to peak on 72/80/88s. Small Goldens remain extremely short with very few if any 125s and smaller. Granny-smith are steady and are still peaking on 72/80/88's. Granny 100s and smaller supplies remain very short. The Gala market is fairly steady on all sizes. Galas are still peaking on 80/88/100/72s. Fuji's are steady to slightly lower on all sizes and are still peaking on larger fruit. Honeycrisp are peaking on 80/88/100s and are steady to higher due to strong demand and light packing. Honeycrisp availability will improve later in January after more suppliers resume . 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 only in limited numbers.
Idaho---red delicious, Granny-smith, Galas, Fuji's, Red Romes, Pink lady's, and Braeburns are all fairly steady but the availability is light. Idaho has more Pink Lady's and red delicious right now. Most varieties are peaking on 64-100s. The quality has been good.
Michigan--McIntosh, Golden delicious, Jonamacs, Jonathans, Empires, red Romes, Galas, red delicious, and Fujis are all fairly steady. Galas, Red Romes, and Jonathans are all still heavier to the smaller sizes while the Golden delicious, Red delicious, Fujis, and Macintosh are all heavier to medium size fruit. The quality has been good.
New York---Red delicious, Galas, Fujis, and Red Romes are all steady. The sizing has been medium to small with a larger percentage of smaller fruit than other areas. The sizing is going to change on red delicious as more shippers get into C.A. fruit and it is larger. McIntosh are stronger due to light supplies. The Empire market is going to strengthen as export demand comes on. The quality has been good to fair with more US#1 grade fruit.

- John Tole

Alerts:
Washington---88 size and smaller Golden delicious and Granny-smith apples are very short! Expect the supplies to catch up with demand in a few weeks although smaller sizes will remain limited. Honeycrisp availability is light on all sizes right now.

New York---McIntosh numbers in C.A. are very light due to last springs hail so expect a sustained stronger market.

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
Milton, NY Steady Good
Wenatchee/Yakima, WA and Hood River, OR Steady Good
Caldwell, ID Steady Good
Asparagus Alert

The weather in San Luis is still cold. Volume is very light and the market is still high on all sizes.

The weather is good in both the South/North of Peru. Volume is lighter than usual due to field transition, and quality is due to seeding/spreading. The market is up coming off the holiday. Air freight is steady.

- Lindsay Barthold

Alerts:
Product is slow due to cold weather.

Growing Region Market Quality
San Luis, Mexico Steady/Higher Good
Ica, Peru to Trujillo Higher Fair
Avocado (Mexican)

Shipments from Mexico this week are expected to be up from last week. 48ct demand remains the greatest, but supplies are equaling out with demand and seeing market stabilize on 48s and 40s. Shippers are pushing for greater harvest as we move into January in preparation for Super Bowl ad pulls beginning mid January.

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

Good Supply of Green Bells in Nogales. Quality is Fair to good depending on Shipper. Supply exceeds demand keeping market on Green Bells Low.

Colored bells have started strong with good quality and condition. Supply exceeds demand keeping Market on Colored bells dropping. shipping from Mexico and still Coachella.

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

Supplies are steady and demand is fairly light. Favorable weather in Central Mexico is leading to good production volume and more fruit being sent to the US. There have been some challenges with quality as red cell, decay and mold have shown up on recent inspections. Order for quick turns and maintain the cold chain through transportation and storage.

- Tom Smith
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Lower/Steady Good
Oxnard, CA Lower/Steady Good
Berries (Blueberries)

Blueberries are plentiful on both coasts and in most markets. Opportunities available with increased volumes coming from Chile for the next several weeks and promotable pricing. Central Mexico production is steady and there's also still production in Peru. With large volumes available, blueberries are being packed into larger packaging with more availability in 18oz, pints and 6oz clamshells. Quality is good.

- Tom Smith
Growing Region Market Quality
Central Mexico Steady Good
Southern Chile Steady Good
Trujillo, Peru Steady Good
Baja California, Mexico Steady Good
Berries (Raspberries)

Supply is steady and demand is fairly light. Quality is good. Central Mexican production has already peaked this season and will begin to decline from here on. However, overall availability still looks to remain fairly steady over the next several weeks.

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

Demand has finally picked up some from the lull of the recent holiday weeks. Overall supply is fairly steady with production in CA, FL and Mexico. Oxnard, CA area is forecasting light rain mid-week with heavier precipitation expected over the upcoming weekend. New crop CA strawberry quality is looking very good with full red color, firm texture, larger sizing in the mid-upper teens and a sweet flavor. Plant City, FL area had some showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday and is expecting more rainfall over the coming weekend. Strawberry quality has been very good overall with some light bruising appearing due to recent heat and humidity. Berries are smaller sized than the CA fruit, mostly packing in the low-mid twenties. Central Mexico has had more favorable weather with clearer, warmer conditions than our other strawberry growing regions. These berries have been firm with full red color. The MX berries are sizing smaller in the range from low to mid twenties.

- Tom Smith

Alerts:
Rain could bring production challenges to both CA and FL strawberry growing regions by the end of the week.


Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard, CA Steady Good
Central Florida Steady Good
Central Mexico Steady Good
Oxnard New Crop Strawberries
Broccoli Alert

The broccoli market is steady with adequate supplies to meet demand. Quality is generally good from all regions although Santa Maria is beginning to show some issues. Recent cold and wet weather in the Santa Maria region has led to some incidence of water damage (pin rot and mold). The volume out of the region is fairly limited this time of year and should have little or no impact on the overall supply situation.

- Brad Tremblay

Alerts:
The broccoli in Santa Maria is beginning to show issues caused by water damage.

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

The Brussels Sprouts market is softening as supplies continue to be plentiful. Demand has dropped off following the holiday's leading some shippers to chase the market down. Quality is generally good with most issues of the recent past having cleared up.

- Brad Tremblay
Growing Region Market Quality
Salinas Valley, CA Lower/Steady Good
Northern Baja California Norte, Mexico Lower/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 a slight firming up of market price on the jumbo size carrots.

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

The cauliflower market is demand exceeds supply out of the California and Yuma growing regions. The recent cool weather has helped stretch out the current supply gap well into the new year. The temperatures in the desert regions are improving but supplies will recover slowly. On top of this we are seeing a significant rain event in California this week that will impact supplies out of the Santa Maria area. Quality is only fair to good from most shippers in all areas. The excess moisture predicted for California will adversely affect the quality coming out of Santa Maria.

- Brad Tremblay

Alerts:
Rain in Santa Maria projected to seriously impact cauliflower.

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

Good availability on this commodity continues in Southern California this week on all sizes. Yuma has begun production. Better production numbers are expected out of this region by the third week of January. The quality continues to be strong in all areas. This market remains steady. Demand is not exceeding supplies and shippers continue to flex. Pricing will likely be steady throughout the week. Yuma production is heavier to large sizes.

- Mike Pacheco

Transitions:
Yuma has begun production for this commodity.

Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Good
Yuma, AZ Steady Good
Cherries Alert

Chilean cherry supplies will start to decrease moving forward. Shippers are expecting an early end of the season this year as the fruit was exposed to rains. The rain affected overall production yields and quality. The quality of the current inventory is being reported as fair. The fruit is hard with good color, but there is some occasional pitting and scaring. Market prices have remained steady on both coasts. Supplies are expected to last another 2 weeks.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Chilean cherry supplies are expected to come to an end early.

Growing Region Market Quality
Coquimbo/Valaparaiso/Santiago/Rancagua, Chile Lower/Steady Fair
Chili Peppers

Pablano - Excellent size and Quality and color will continue with steady to lighter 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

Cold wet weather has taken it's toll on cilantro in the Oxnard region. Quality and yields have been impacted out of Oxnard but supplies coming from Mexico are more than adequate to cover demand. The market, while slightly stronger, appears to have steadied out. Supplies out of Mexico, post holiday, are improving and should be up to the challenge presented by the next serious rain event coming to Oxnard. Overall quality is good out of Mexico.

- Brad Tremblay
Growing Region Market Quality
Oxnard/Santa Maria, CA Steady Fair
Baja, MX Steady Good
Citrus (Lemons)

Over all supplies remain good. The desert crop is 70% harvested and with size growth, larger sizes predominate peaking 115s/95s/140s making 165s and 200s short. The central valley crop is still lightly being harvested and peaking on 140s/115s/165s and short on 200s and smaller. Meyer lemons are in good available in the Central Valley and Ventura growing districts.

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

Lime supplies are still on the snug side and market is up again this week. Holiday work schedules, cool weather and waiting on new crop to come in to more peak production are factors. Next week is projected to bring a little better and more even supply to the states.

- Tim Kelley
Growing Region Market Quality
Veracruz, Mexico Higher Good
Citrus (Oranges) Alert

Rain in California's Central Valley, our main growing area for oranges, is forecasted for the week. Shippers have been picking heavy leading up to this event, but with little to no pick during this rain, expect bin inventory to drop quickly and making supplies tight toward the end of the week and beginning of next. Cooler night time temps have improved color and reduced gas times on the fruit. Sizes are peaking on 88s/113s/72s with heavy percent of fancy grade. Many shippers reporting packing heavier to the larger sizes of 72s/56s/48s and a much smaller percentage of 113s/138s. Cara Cara navels as well as Blood oranges have started and availability is good.

- Tim Kelley

Alerts:
Week long rain forecast in California's main growing area, could leave supplies very tight by the end of the week and begging of next week.

Growing Region Market Quality
Merced to Bakersfield, CA Steady Excellent
Riverside, CA Steady Excellent
Cucumbers (Western)

Good supply on cucumber coming out Mexico, Excellent color, quality and condition on all grades sizes and pack styles. Supply will continue to be good as we move into the month.Northern Mexico (Sonora) will finish and (Sinaloa) will continue to ship heavy.Euro cucumber is also available in very good supply, both #1and #2 both single layer and bushel boxes.

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

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

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

Import green grape supplies continue to be very limited on the west coast. Availability is expected to improve slightly next week, as the first bulk vessel of Chilean fruit is scheduled to land on the west coast later this week. However, volume is not expected to drastically increase until the week of the 16th. Quality has been reported as strong and market prices have been very firm. As more fruit arrives, we expect to see the market prices gradually decline and start to level out by the end of the month.

On the east coast, supplies of Peruvian and Chilean green grapes has been fairly consistent. Although volume has not been overabundant, there has been plenty of fruit to cover demand. Quality has been strong and market prices have been firm. Again, as supplies continue to increase and more shippers receive inventory, we can expect to see a gradual decline in market prices as we approach the end of the month.

- Sean Azzelio

Transitions:
Chilean supplies are expected to improve on the west coast next week.

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

Domestic red grapes are finishing up for the season. Very little inventory remains and quality is a concern. We have transitioned into import fruit to fill demand. Currently, supplies on the west coast continue to be limited. The first bulk vessel of fruit is expected to arrive on the west later this week. This will greatly improve the availability of fruit and open up more loading locations. Quality on the import reds has been very nice and is expected to remain solid moving forward. Market prices have been firm on the west coast as much of the fruit is being transferred from the east. Again, as supplies improve we can expect to see some gradual decline in prices.

East coast availability of Peruvian and Chilean red grapes has been consistent and supplies are improving quickly. Quality has been excellent and shippers are looking to move volume. We have seen a drop in price this week and some opportunity buys have been offered in an effort to get some momentum going. As we move into next week and more fruit arrives, we can expect to see another small drop in price then level out. Plenty of fruit and promotional opportunities will be available moving forward.

- Sean Azzelio

Transitions:
Chilean supplies on the west coast will improve greatly by next week.

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

The annual holiday shortage of green onions continues. Labor shortages brought on by the holiday season in Mexico are the norm. We expect to see a demand exceeds market on green onions until about mid January when shippers are once again able to work full crews and fill the pipeline. Quality is good even with the high prices and we see no reason for this to change.

- Brad Tremblay

Alerts:
Green onion market demand exceeds supply.

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

The kale market is steady with good supplies available. Quality is reported as excellent from all regions with good color and healthy thick leaf. We see little reason for this market to change as growing conditions are ideal.

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

The iceberg lettuce market has remained unchanged from the previous week. There is no rain in the forecast over the next ten days in Yuma. Expect steady pricing throughout the week. Some shippers will be flexing for large volume type orders. Demand is extremely light as we enter the new year. The weather will not hit freezing temperatures in the desert for the next two weeks minimum. High temperatures in the 60's to 70s to lows of 48-52 are predicted temperatures in the desert this week. Aside from some slight discoloration and misshapen heads, the quality has been reported to be good from multiple shippers.

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

This market has remained steady on all leaf items. Demand is minimal. Romaine in particular will have good availability from multiple shippers. Expect good supplies throughout the week. Aside from some slight twisting and light fringe burn, the quality has been good. On green and red leaf as well as butter, similar reports are also being reported to be very positive in terms of quality. Weather conditions have been much better compared to past weeks in the desert. Supplies exceed demand.

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

Supplies and market prices continue to be steady on larger size fruit (6ct and 9ct). However, smaller fruit (12ct and 15ct), continue to be very limited; causing prices to remain high and firm. Harvest production will start to decline and yields will decrease as we finish Guatemala and transition into Honduras. Weather is still very nice in the tropics which is giving us optimal growing conditions. Thus, Honduras yields may start off slow, but will increase rapidly over the next 2 weeks. The first Honduran arrivals are expected in FL later this week. Quality is expected to be excellent. Sizes are expected to remain on the large side and markets will be steady.

- Sean Azzelio

Alerts:
Very limited on smaller fruit (12ct and 15ct).

Transitions:
Honduras arrivals are expected later this week and volume will increase moving forward.

Growing Region Market Quality
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady/Higher Excellent
Melon (Honeydew)

Honeydew supplies continue to be steady this week. Sizes have been on the large side with 5ct being the heaviest volume. 6ct and 8ct have been more limited in availability. Quality has been excellent. Market prices have been consistent with a slight increase on the smaller sizes. As we transition into new Honduras harvest, we may see a slight decline in volume, but no major supply interruptions are expected moving forward.

- Sean Azzelio

Transitions:
Honduras arrivals are expected on the east coast later this week.

Growing Region Market Quality
Zacapa, Guatemala Steady/Higher Excellent
Melon (Watermelon)

Northern Mexico is winding down on supplies which will raise the market some, we expect a slight gap as the production region moves south. Quality is just fair as the old district is finishing and waiting for new districts to start. Personal seedless is available in good supply.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Sonora, Mexico Steady/Higher Fair
Onions Alert

Yellow and Red onion markets out of all areas continue at steady levels. Demand is moderate but should pick up as this month moves on. Supplies out of Idaho/Oregon will be hinder slightly by very cold temperatures hitting the shipping areas this week. Transportation has already be slowed down by the snow and icy conditions. This is a good time to stay ahead on your Onions inventories. Quality is being reported a good. White onions supplies are winding down out of the Northwest. The market is firming as supplies get into fewer hands. Quality is fair with most lots showing some greening. New crop White Onions will start out of Mexico crossing into Texas by the end of this Month. New Crop yellows will follow by the middle of February.

- Mike Gorczyca

Alerts:
Very cold Temperatures slowing supplies and Transportation

Transitions:
Mexico with start crossing New Crop White onions by the end of this month followed by Yellow onions

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

Washington -- Bartlett pears are steady and still peaking on US#1 70/80/90s. Light packing at the end of December has left floors bare and will continue to limit the availability for all sizes and grades but especially the smaller sizes. Bartlett 100s and smaller remain very short. D'anjou pears are steady and continue to peak on US#1 80/90/100s. Light packing at the end of December has left very light inventories. D'anjou 110s and smaller remain extremely short. Light packing will limit the D'anjou availability for all sizes until the supplies catch up with demand in a couple weeks. Bosc pears are steady and continue to peak on US#1 80/90/100s. There is generally better volume available in small Bosc. Red pears are steady and still peaking on US#1 45/50 half cartons but the availability is light. The quality for all varieties pears has been good.

- John Tole

Alerts:
Small Bartlett and small D'anjou pears have been tight and are now even tighter due to the light packing in December. Expect 2 to 3 weeks before the supply catches up with demand on any 110 size or smaller for both varieties.

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

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

Supplies are goods and holiday demand has backed off a little as we move in to the new year. Supplies from the tropics look good and steady through the month.

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

Potato market are holding steady out of all shipping points with moderate demand. Quality is still being reported as good. The biggest issue is the freezing temperatures hitting the Idaho area which will limit or stop the moving of raw product from the storages to the packing facilities. The coldest air luckily moved slightly East now making Thursday and Friday to be the coldest days with temperatures topping out in the single digits. Temperatures need to be approximately 20 degrees Fahrenheit for the sheds to be able to haul potatoes. The long rang forecast shows a slight warming trend (If you call getting into the 30's warm) Sunday through the balance of the week.

- Mike Gorczyca

Alerts:
Freezing Temperatures Thursday/Friday could limit packing

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 potato markets are all steady. All colors continue to peak on A size. Continue to plan ahead as the golds and most of the reds are being transferred down from Washington. The whites are from Bakersfield and they are peaking on A size but there is good volume for all sizes. The quality has been good.
Idaho - both the red and gold potatoes are steady on all sizes. The red potatoes are peaking on As while the golds are slit between the As and Bs. The quality is good.
Western Washington - red and gold potatoes are both steady and continue to peak on A size. White potatoes remain limited and the market is firm with only light availability. 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 to higher on all sizes. Some suppliers have poor storage quality and are sourcing from North Dakota so they are higher, the rest are steady. The quality has ranged from fair to good.
Canada - reds, golds, and whites are steady on all sizes. Sacks are still more available than cartons. The quality has been good.

- John Tole

Transitions:
South Florida will start packing all colors in early to mid February.

Peak Seasons:
North Dakota, Idaho, Western Washington (reds and golds), and Bakersfield (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/Higher Good
Red River Valley, ND Steady Good
Squash (Western)

Supply on Italian squash will continue to lighten after many weeks of heavy harvest and S/N Yellow squash will lighten even more. Quality has been good on all sizes, grades and pack styles. Hard Squash is also being harvested in very good supplies ,Mostly larger sizes and number one grade.

- Ki Thompson
Growing Region Market Quality
Northern Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Good
Stone Fruit

Chilean stone fruit availability continues to improve on both coasts. Peaches, Nectarines and Plums are now available in multiple pack styles and sizes. Product is available to load in Los Angeles, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Quality is being reported as excellent. Market prices are steady to lower and shippers are looking for promotional opportunities. Good availability is expected for the next 4-6 weeks as we approach peak season.

- Sean Azzelio

Peak Seasons:
Chilean stone fruit will be in peak season by the end of January.

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

Product in Florida continues to available. With plenty of product in the supply chain, the markets continue to be consistent. With the holiday's behind us, business should begin to pick up with Rounds. Roma's look to continue to be the tighter during the January transition. Look for the Roma market to tick up, with lower volume and holiday's behind us. Grapes on the other hand continue to be available in Florida, with a steady market. Cherry's, like the grapes, also continue to be available in volume out of Florida. Demand continues to be steady, but, look for business to perk up a bit. Overall quality looks to be good.


- Rene Juarez
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Florida Steady Good
Tomatoes (Western)

There is little to no change in Western supply with light volumes transitioning from Baja and Eastern Mexico to Western Mainland Mexico. Culiacan and Sinaloa growers are coming on slowly and gradually expecting to hit their stride by mid January. Look for the market to possibly tick up a bit, with holidays behind us as well. Lighter supplies of Roma's still a couple weeks away from full production for domestic product. Grape tomatoes continue to be in good supply through Texas. Cherry's continue to be available. Markets continue to be steady, but again, with the holiday's behind us, that could begin to change. Overall, quality is looking good.


- Rene Juarez
Growing Region Market Quality
Southern Baja California Sur, Mexico Steady Good
Southern Nayarit/Sinaloa, Mexico Steady Good

Things You Should Know

Apples
Washington---88 size and smaller Golden delicious and Granny-smith apples are very short! Expect the supplies to catch up with demand in a few weeks although smaller sizes will remain limited. Honeycrisp availability is light on all sizes right now.

New York---McIntosh numbers in C.A. are very light due to last springs hail so expect a sustained stronger market.

Asparagus
Product is slow due to cold weather.

Berries (Strawberries)
Rain could bring production challenges to both CA and FL strawberry growing regions by the end of the week.


Broccoli
The broccoli in Santa Maria is beginning to show issues caused by water damage.

Cauliflower
Rain in Santa Maria projected to seriously impact cauliflower.

Cherries
Chilean cherry supplies are expected to come to an end early.

Citrus (Oranges)
Week long rain forecast in California's main growing area, could leave supplies very tight by the end of the week and begging of next week.

Green Onions
Green onion market demand exceeds supply.

Melon (Cantaloupe)
Very limited on smaller fruit (12ct and 15ct).

Onions
Very cold Temperatures slowing supplies and Transportation

Pears
Small Bartlett and small D'anjou pears have been tight and are now even tighter due to the light packing in December. Expect 2 to 3 weeks before the supply catches up with demand on any 110 size or smaller for both varieties.

Potatoes
Freezing Temperatures Thursday/Friday could limit packing

Transitions and Temperatures

Grapes (Green)
Chilean supplies are expected to improve on the west coast next week.

Grapes (Red)
Chilean supplies on the west coast will improve greatly by next week.

Melon (Honeydew)
Honduras arrivals are expected on the east coast later this week.

Melon (Cantaloupe)
Honduras arrivals are expected later this week and volume will increase moving forward.

Celery
Yuma has begun production for this commodity.

Potatoes (colored)
South Florida will start packing all colors in early to mid February.

Onions
Mexico with start crossing New Crop White onions by the end of this month followed by Yellow onions

A Peak at Peak Seasons

Stone Fruit
Chilean stone fruit will be in peak season by the end of January.

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

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

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

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