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January 24, 2019
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Apples
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Subject    1/24/2020 - - Apples
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  • All varieties are now available & the new Cosmic Crisp had it's time this week. Primarily all are going to the retail sector & very limited availability.
  • They'll be available again in January for the next promotional shipments.
  • Pricing continues to be all over the board, with many shippers & there are various deals on slightly aged product.
  • There's many small apples this season, which helps Food Service. Overall quality is good on all varieties.
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Subject    1/24/2020 - - Onions
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  • It was almost preordained that the onion market would take off after the first of the year; prices are up and rising right on cue.

  • Supply is just keeping up with demand.  The biggest push is on Jumbo Yellow but the pressure seems to be on all colors at this time.

  • Speaking of supply, if the current rate of disappearance continues supplies will be very tight before the end of the storage onion season.

  • Rumors of poor quality on arrival are emanating from Idaho supplies, which in turn is adding to the overall pressure on national supplies.

  • WA and Idaho Yellow Sweets are available.  Organic red, yellows, Whites and sweets are available as well. Quality and condition is good..

Pears
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Subject    1/24/2020 - - Pears
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  • Bartlett, Bosc, Red pears, Comice, & D'Anjou are all available.
  • Some shippers are finishing Bartletts for the season, while a few will still have c.a. storage product into the 1st part of 2020.
  • Sizing has been on the smaller side this season, with larger sizes demanding higher pricing.
  • There are various deals on slightly aged product, but most deals are on long inventories. But overall quality continues to be good. 
Colored Potatoes
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Subject    1/24/2020 - - Colored Potatoes
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  • Mt. Vernon District; all colors are available with steady prices and movement......so far.  

  • White supplies may end sooner this season due to weather challenges.

  • Prices remain steady for Red and yellow Fingerlings and Organics are available.  Color and condition is outstanding.

Potatoes
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Subject    1/24/2020 - - Potatoes
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  • Large carton prices are up again as demand from export as well as across the US increases. 
  • Potato packers from other states are trying to buy large size potatoes from WA..... that's how short this deal is folks.
  • Light volume on large cartons in Idaho is prompting  buyers to pull from districts they do not normally pull from. 
  • This in turn is raising prices and rightfully so.   This season's shortage has become apparent to everyone!
  • Small size cartons and consumer size potatoes are in good supply with steady pricing. Quality and condition remain good in the NW.
  • Russet ORGANICs are available!!
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Berries
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Subject    1/24/2020 - - Berries
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  • With better weather in the California Strawberry region, we are starting to see better supplies and improved quality. 
  • Demand is still enough to keep pricing stable, but by next week we could see a price adjustment downward. 
  • This week was another good week for BLUEBERRIES.  Inbound ships from Chile and Peru will make for better supplies next week.
  • The market should remain steady and quality very nice. 
  • RASPBERRIES remain limited, but better supplies are forecasted for the next 2 weeks.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Broccoli
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    • Like all the items being grown in the desert, longer days and warmer temperatures have improved the supplies and the quality. 
    • With normal weather forecasted for next week, look for the broccoli market to adjust downward.
    Cauliflower
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Cauliflower
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    • Quality and condition is good. Demand is fair. Very little cauliflower in Santa Maria.
    • Yuma is warming up this week so should be better volume next week.  Markets look to be stronger through next week.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Celery
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    • Celery markets continues to stay relatively flat.
    • Florida/Mexico and AZ are now going strong with supplies. Quality overall is excellent, great time to promote.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Iceberg Lettuce
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    • What a difference better weather makes. 
    • The desert is experiencing ideal weather the end of this week and above normal temperatures next week. 
    • This will help to improve quality and "bring on" more volume.  We experienced price adjustments this week, and look for promotable pricing next week.
    Leaf Lettuces
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Leaf Lettuces
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    • As the weather changes for the better in the desert, so does the supplies and quality of leaf in the desert. 
    • Warmer temps and longer days are allowing Green, Red, Boston and Romaine to flourish in the fields. 
    • By next week we will see normal volumes of all leafs.  Markets will adjust downward. 
    • NOTE: We will still see occasional blister and epidermal peeling from the previous days of ice in the fields.
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    Avocado
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Avocado
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    • Mexico Avocado numbers continue down slightly. 

    • Market on 48 and larger for the next 3 weeks is expected to stay strong.  Quality is good. 

    • Currently sizes is peaking on 60/48/70's and is expected to remain this way for the next month or so; leaving large sizes tight. 

    • Though fairly clean we are seeing some #2 which is moving out quickly.

    • California is harvesting light numbers but this is not effecting the market.   Fruit here is peaking 60/70/48's.  

    • Don't expect to see big numbers out of this growing area until mid February.

    Carrots
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Carrots
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    • Processed Carrot supplies are steady and moving well on regular & organic. 
    • Conventional Carrots are finally seeing some size as such Jumbo market came off slightly.
    • Don't forget we have a nice line of Rainbow Organics to offer as well. 
    Grapes
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Grapes
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    • We are shipping Peruvian & Chilean Grapes on both East & West coast.  Fruit is looking very nice; clean pack; market is strong at this time.  

    • Berry and bunch sizes are looking very good.  Institutional grape packs are also new packed with imports. 

    • In general; we have good supplies of Red Seedless but Green Seedless are still struggling for decent supplies. 

    • Look for this to improve by the middle of next week/first week of Feb when we anticipate good volume to be arriving.

    Lemons
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Lemons
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    • Calif Lemons are now mostly harvesting Dist 1 (Central Calif).  Fruit in general is peaking 140/115.  Demand has been good. 
    • With the rains Central Calif had fruit has sized up as such small fruit (165/200/235) is a bit snug.
    • Market is relatively steady expect for small fruit.  Packs are clean; very few standard grade.
    Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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    • Cantaloupe supplies are looking good arriving from Honduras.  Look for Costa Rica to pick up in volume as well.  

    • Quality has been good to excellent.   Run of sizes 15's and larger.  With improved supplies market is stabilizing/flattening out. 

    • Honeydew supplies are improving with large sizes coming from Honduras/Guatemala and small sizes crossing form Mexico.  

    • Market continues strong but as more arrives look for this to adjust down (probably by end of the week).   Quality is good.

    Oranges
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Oranges
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    • Navels are peaking on 88/72/56. 
    • Picking/packing has been fairly steady (winter weather this weekend could slow this for the early part of the week).  
    • Color and sugar are very good at this time.   Packs continue clean and heavy to fancy.   
    • Cara Cara are available peaking 88/113 but remain light with a strong market.  
    • Like the Navels they are clean and heavy to fancy.   Color and sugar are good. 
    • Blood Oranges are still going with great color.  
    • Crop itself this year is a little on the light side but with the late start we should have good supplies through March.  
    • Call for sizing and supply availability.
    Potatoes
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Potatoes
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    • Stockton is done on New Potatoes White and Yellow, they do have Reds. Look for Calif to start back on this item in early to mid December.
    Specialty Citrus
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Specialty Citrus
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    • Calif Clementine are peaking on 36/32's and color is nice.  Various packs available let us know your interest and we will get you covered. 
    • Currently cleaning up on the Clementine's moving into Tango and Murcott.
    • Oro Blanco are moving out very fast as are Pummelo for the Lunar New Year celebrations. 
    • Both are great eaters for those looking for a white flesh grapefruit type.  Very thick skins but boy can they eat. 
    • Minneolas are finally starting to pick in Central Calif.... this has been slow going as most crews are tied up on Oranges/Lemon harvesting. 
    • Fruit in general is peaking 100/80/125's and the market is stable. 
    Kiwi
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Kiwi
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    • Calif Kiwi is all in storage will be packing out to order.   Supplies are down slightly; fruit is firm and most sizes are available.  
    • Market is moving up on popular school sizes 36/39/42.  This will continue through the storage crop.
    • Italian fruit is also now available on the east coast.  Fruit can be packed in a variety of packs; call for pricing and availablity.
    Stone Fruit
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Stone Fruit
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      • Arils (Pomegranate seeds) are now from Peru.... supplies are expected light for the next 10 -14 days as fruit gapped last week. 
      • We can offer a variety of pack sizes packed to order.  
      • Asian Pears are available in single layer packs in Calif.
      • Imported Peaches/Nectarines/Apricots and Plums are now available with fair numbers.  Consolidation is available. 
      • Color and sizing is looking nice. The markets are up and fairly steady.
    Watermelon
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Watermelon
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    • Seedless Watermelon supplies are light coming from Mexico. The market is expected to be up for the next 10-14 days.   
    • Quality is mixed with low sugar; sizing is just average. Look for supply improvement as we get into Central America.
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    Cabbage
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Cabbage
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    • Light supply from Georgia as many shippers are finished for the season. 
    • Good supplies from Florida. Prices are generally unchanged. Quality is generally good.
    Corn
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Corn
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    • Moderate supplies from Florida. Prices are lower. Quality is generally good.
    Cucumber
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Cucumber
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    • Central America imports. Port of Entry South Florida.  Fair quality. Prices are generally unchanged.
    Eggplant
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Eggplant
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    • Good supplies from Florida. Prices are generally unchanged.  Quality is generally good.
    Green Beans
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Green Beans
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    • Moderate supplies from Florida. Prices are lower. Quality is generally good.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Green Bell Pepper
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    • Moderate supplies from Florida. Prices are much lower. Quality is generally good.
    Sweet Potatoes
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Sweet Potatoes
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    • Moderate supplies from Carolina, Mississipi and Louisiana. Quality is generally good.
    Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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    • Good supplies from Florida. Trading exceeds supply.  Prices are higher. Quality is generally good.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Cucumbers
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    • Cucumber prices are up this week.  Supplies are light. Product is crossing through Nogales. 
    • English and mini cucumbers are also crossing through Nogales.
    Beef Steak Tomatoes
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Beef Steak Tomatoes
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    • Prices are steady.  There are a few crossing through Nogales. Supplies are light.
    Grape Tomatoes
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Grape Tomatoes
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    • Grape tomatoes are steady this week.  Supplies have improved. Product is crossing through Nogales.
    Peppers
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Peppers
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    • Green Pepper prices are down.  Supplies have improved.  Product is crossing through Nogales. 
    • Red, yellow and orange bells are up this week.
    Roma Tomatoes
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Roma Tomatoes
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    • Romas are down this week.  Supplies are improving.  Product is crossing through Nogales but supplies are light.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Chili Peppers
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    • Trading is moderate. Prices on Habanero lower, Jalapeno slightly lower, others generally unchanged.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Lime
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    •  Movement expected about the same. Supplies are heavy. Trading is fairly slow. Prices are much lower.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Mango
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    • Few Ecuadorian and Peruvian Mango available sizes from 8 to 12 ct mostly. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Melons
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    • Mexico season has ended.
    Mexican Avocado
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Mexican Avocado
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    • Movement expected to increase. Trading is moderate. Prices 70-84s higher, 32-40s lower and 48-60s generally unchanged.
    Mexican Onions
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Mexican Onions
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    • Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Pineapple
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    • Movement expected about the same. Cartons 1 layer Golden Ripe 5-8s supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market.
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    Subject    1/24/2020 - - Watermelons
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    • Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading is fairly slow. Prices 45 count slightly lower, others generally unchanged.
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