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October 13, 2017
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Apples
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Apples
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  • We are adding new crop varieties to the manifests almost weekly now that harvest is in full swing.
  • We now have Jonagolds, Gala, Golden's, Honey crisp, Granny Smith and a small amount of new crop Red Delicious.
  • We may begin Fuji next week, with some of the early Fuji still being packed & shipped.
  • Movement is still good on the last of the storage red delicious, with the remaining few that have them.
  • Pricing is very strong on most varieties on larger sizes, but the best pricing & value is in 100's & smaller.
Pears
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Pears
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  • New crop NW pears are in good supply. Size is down on most varieties. Condition is good on all varieties.
  • Bartlett, D'Anjou, Bosc, Seckel & various red pears are available.
  • Pricing continues to be on the stronger side, but have seen a small downward trend on all packers.
Onions
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Onions
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  • Onion prices remain strong and stable in every state currently harvesting onions.  
  • The unique strength of this market during harvest cannot be understated. 
  • It is unusual that prices remain so strong at a time when normally oversupply and excessive competition drive harvest time prices down.  
  • Size profiles are smaller and yields are down overall. 
  • The exception this season may be Utah and southern NV.  
  • It seems that Utah will have relatively more Colossal and Super-Colossal than other districts this season. 
  • Meanwhile, back in the Northwest,  Medium yellows are showing weakness with sustained strength on larger sizes. 
  • Good demand combined with shorter supplies this season will most likely create a market that is fairly firm with higher FOBs that this industry has seen for several seasons.   
  • Yellow sweets are available. ORGANIC are now available-all colors.
Potatoes
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Potatoes
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  • Although the overall market remains lower with flat pricing it may not be wise to become complacent just yet. 
  • As Fall weather closes in; freezing temps already being reported in many areas and harvest nears the end.
  • Sheds are running shorter schedules while growers push to get everything undercover.  
  • It is becoming apparent now that size profile and overall yield will be smaller this season. 
  • Due in large to late plantings in the spring along with excessive bouts of heat. 
  • Prices are starting to sneak up as the marketers see that supplies may be short for the season   WA/OR harvest in nearly complete. 
  • Idaho is not so lucky as damage has already been done from frost on unharvested fields.  Harvest should wrap up within the next few weeks. 
  • Burbanks are starting to become more available with prices slightly higher than Norkotahs.
  • Large potatoes remain tight in Idaho with similar forecast for the entire season. Organic Russets are available.
Colored Potatoes
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Colored Potatoes
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  • Mt. Vernon District colored potato supplies remain steady.  Harvest is nearing completion.  
  • Most growers are reporting sizes peaking on the large side. Quality and color is excellent. 
  • Prices remain strong and steady with few overall price adjustments so far this season.
  • All four colors are available along with Fingerlings.
  • Eastern WA colored potatoes-Reds and Yellows only-are still available. Prices are steady and supply is good. Color and quality is good as well.
Salinas
Cauliflower
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Cauliflower
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  • Quality and condition has been good. Demand is steady. Lighter supplies reported from all shippers.

  • Look for markets to be higher through the week.

Berries
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Berries
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  • Strawberries - Production is fast in the Salinas area with Santa Maria and Oxnard increasing the next couple of weeks.

  • Central Mexico has started in a very light way with supplies being shipped into McAllen. Best size and quality is Santa Maria.

  • Raspberries - Supplies are coming from Salinas and Central Mexico. Quality in both areas is good.

  • Blackberries - Salinas area production is still in the area, Central Mexico starting slower then expected.

  • Blueberries - Cooler weather has slowed production down in Mexico and imports' logistics are behind. Mostly Argentina fruit.

Iceberg Lettuce
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Iceberg Lettuce
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  • Demand exceeds supply as far as Iceberg Lettuce is concerned.
  • Common defects include insect damage, growth crack, fringe burn, cap discoloration and misshapen heads.
  • Weights are ranging in the mid 30 to low 40’s depending on field location. Huron is set to start this week.
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Broccoli
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    • While most shippers continue to claim supplies are on the light side, demand remains off.

    • This has helped the market adjust downward, continuing the trend of last week.

    • We think that supplies will be getting a little easier this week, prices should continue to correct.

    • Crowns will be tighter than bunched, and quality will still be an issue.

    • Hollow core, brown bead and pin rot are still showing up in some lots in both Salinas and Santa Maria.

Leaf Lettuces
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Leaf Lettuces
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    • Leaf lettuces/Romaine is in the same situation as iceberg lettuce.

    • Warm weather earlier in the growing season has brought forward the crop, harvesting 2-4 weeks ahead of schedule

    • Warmer than normal temps has affected the quality in a negative way.

    • We are coming to the end of the N.Cal growing season, about 6 or so weeks left.

    • No new fields are being planted-next district will be Huron/Yuma with a bit out of Oxnard.

    • Romaine being the bigger volume leaf item than the others, expect to see much tighter supplies and stronger demand therefore higher prices on it.

    • Processors are running short on this item as well, helping keep the demand strong.

    • We are looking at some issues on these commodities for the next 6/8 weeks. 

       

Celery
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Celery
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  • Supplies are getting tighter with less production forecasted. Seeders continue to be an issue.
  • Some other common defects include bow, flagging, and insect damage.
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Oranges
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Oranges
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  • Valencias are done for the year.  
  • Growers are now starting to pick NAVELS.  This fruit is expected to be gassed for at least 96 hours. 
  • If all goes well we should have some VERY LIGHT numbers of fruit for shipping middle of the week.  Market is coming out strong. 
  • It will take shippers a few weeks to get completely up to speed.   Look for this early fruit to be a little on the weak side having been gassed.
  • Sugar levels are 9-11% at this time but the sugar to acid ratio will still make you pucker.... especially after the levels coming off the Valencia.
Stone Fruit
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Stone Fruit
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  • Plums are winding up over the next 10 day to 2 weeks; mostly larger fruit (55+ size).  Market is stronger as we finish up.
  • Calif Granny Smith crop is winding down moving to WA new crop.
  • Calif Bartlett Pears are eating well with mostly 100 & larger left to clean up fast as supplies move to OR.
  • Pomegranates are now available and the Wonderful variety just stared harvesting.
  • Give us a ring we can do single layer, volume filled or Arils for your eating pleasure. Domestic Arils will start packing again this week.
  • Persimmons have finally seen some cool nights to bring on the color.  We should have good supplies until Christmas.
Lemons
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Lemons
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  • District 3 Lemons are under way with sizing peaking 140/165/115.  Larger fruit will remain on the tight side for the next 3-4 weeks.   
  • Quality looks very nice.  Market has adjusted down slightly as this area increases volume.  
  • Meyer Lemons are now harvesting New Crop out of the Desert.  Look for supplies to be good.
Grapes
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Grapes
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  • Growers continue picking fresh supplies of Red, Green, & Black seedless grapes.

  • Look to see the market go up a notch with current varieties more to the large and extra-large size. 

  • Don’t forget we have supplies going now of Red and Green Institutional grapes for you. 

  • Globe crop was effected by the heat and as such supplies going into fall will be lighter. 

Specialty Citrus
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Specialty Citrus
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  • Ruby Grapefruit are back out of Calif desert with excellent interior color but struggling on exterior color..   We are seeing nice brix levels. 
  • TX is going as well and as normal have some really nice color. 
  • Both areas will have light supplies for the next week or so before then kick into decent supplies.
  • Market is up and looks to stay this way due lack of product from FL.
Carrots
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Carrots
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  • Processed supplies are steady and moving well. 
  • Continue with issues on Rainbow supplies which are very light and will remain this way until early Nov.  
  • Conventional shippers are struggling to get those Jumbo sizes.  As such the market has been increasing.
Potatoes
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Potatoes
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    • California New Potatoes are starting back and shipping and packing out of Bakersfield area.
    • Whites are demand exceeds supplies at this time and as such that market is very strong. 
    • Reds and Yellow supplies are improving and the market is steady.. 

 

Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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  • Cantaloupe market is steady with the west side finishing up supplies.  The desert fall season is now as well with good run of sizes packing.   
  • Look for this to tight up over the next week as we move completely to the desert with the market will increase. 
  • Fruit is showing good decent color; and sizing heavier to 9/12's. Quality is good.        
Watermelon
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Watermelon
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  • Seedless Watermelons supplies continue to tighten.   MX is the main supplier and are struggling to fill all the demand. 
  • The next few weeks will be tight.  Mini seedless continue to have some supplies.   Quality is hit and miss.
Avocado
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Avocado
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  • Mexican Avocado are finally catching up with demand harvesting daily. 

  • Good supplies 40/48/60/70 with large fruit 36/32/28's still on the short side. 

  • The Mexican crop is still looks to be well ahead of last years volume.   

  • Steady volume will continue though the holidays and shippers are entertaining those ads now. 

  • Look for larger sizes to become more available as we get closer to December.

Kiwi
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Kiwi
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  • Calif Kiwi are now filling the supply chain as such the market has come off. 
  • Look for this to continue for the next 4 weeks before it settles out for the winter. 
  • This fruit is rock hard so be prepared.  All sizes and packs are now available.
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Eggplant
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Eggplant
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  • Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
Sweet Potatoes
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Sweet Potatoes
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  • Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
Green Beans
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Green Beans
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  • Texas has started the fall season.
Green Bell Pepper
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Green Bell Pepper
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  • Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
Cabbage
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Cabbage
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  • Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
Corn
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Corn
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  • Georgia and NC have started the fall season.

Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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  • Georgia and NC have started the fall season.
Nogales
Roma Tomatoes
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Roma Tomatoes
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  • Roma prices are steady this week. Product is available in San Diego and McAllen. 
  • Round tomatoes are down this week, supplies are steady. Product is available in California. 
  • We should start seeing some tomato products cross through Nogales around late November.
Peppers
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Peppers
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  • Green Peppers are steady this week, not much has changed.  There are supplies available in California.
  • Red and Yellow peppers are also available; supplies are steady.  Nogales should start crossing green peppers towards the beginning of November.
     
Grape Tomatoes
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Grape Tomatoes
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  • The grape tomato market has not changed much.  Supplies are steady and product is available in San Diego. 
  • Nogales production will start in December.
Beef Steak Tomatoes
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Beef Steak Tomatoes
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  • We should start seeing some product cross through Nogales in November.
Cucumbers
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Cucumbers
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  • Cucumbers are down this week, supplies have improved. Product is crossing through Nogales and San Diego.
  • English cucumbers and mini cucumbers should start in a couple of weeks.
McAllen
Mexican Lime
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Mexican Lime
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  • Rain in growing regions has affected the inbound supply of limes.  Shipper will need to grade harder to avoid quality issues due to rain.
  • Higher prices are expected, product will eventually size up to larger sizes.
Mango
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Mango
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  • Some Keitt Mexican Mango are still available and will remain with variable quality and condition. The end of the Mexico season is around the corner. 
  • Brazilian mango supplies are good this week in the North East Ports of Entry.
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Pineapple
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  • Mexican continue coming in with good volume in all sizes. Prices and demand are lower.  Good supplies coming from Costa Rica as well.
Mexican Avocado
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Mexican Avocado
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  • More supply available.  Market is lower overall.  Good volume on 48, 60 and 70.  Less volume of 32's, 36's and 40's.
Mexican Tomatoes
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Mexican Tomatoes
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  • We are expecting limited supplies of Mexican Roma tomatoes.  Prices are expected to be higher due to lower supply with good quality overall. 
  • We can expect good supplies of Round Tomatoes and lower prices.
Mexican Chili Peppers
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Mexican Chili Peppers
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  • Market is higher overall; rain in growing regions has affected inbound supply.
Melons
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Melons
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  • No Melons are expected to be available through South Texas. Arizona's harvest is beginning. Quality is good overall.
Watermelons
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Watermelons
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  • Mexico season has started, good supplies of Organic and Conventional mini watermelons from Mexico. Good quality overall. 
  • Rain has affected supplies in Oklahoma. Market is tight with prices going up.
Mexican Onions
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Subject    10/19/2017 - - Mexican Onions
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  • We're expecting good supplies of yellows from Oregon and California.

 

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