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July 21, 2017
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Apples
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Apples
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  • Movement continues to be steady as we move closer to the end of the season. Condition on the fruit has been good.
  • Growers have finished most varieties. A couple still have Honeycrisp at very high FOB's.
  • There are import New Zealand apples shipping. All sizes of Granny Smith have become tight and are also getting big dollars.
  • Gold Delicious are now as tight as the Grannies. Red Delicious movement has been very good going domestically and to export markets.
  • We should see our 1st new crop approx. Aug 6th with Gingergolds. Calif Galas & Bartlett Pears are now getting under way.
Pears
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Pears
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  • Movement remains steady as the season is near its end. Some shippers still have some Anjou, but a majority are done for the season. 
  • We should be starting new crop pears in the Pacific NW early August, possibly the end of July.

 

Onions
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Onions
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  • The NW is transitioning from Over Winter onions into Direct seed (nice storage type onion) starting in the next few weeks. 
  • Supplies may be spotty until good volume hits by the first week of August. Then the market will stabilize along with better supply lines on all colors.
  • Walla-Walla sweets are in good supply.  ORGANIC onions are now available.
Potatoes
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Potatoes
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  • Large spuds are still increasing in price and demand.   Which is pushing supply and there are no other major growing areas to turn to until New crop.
  • New Crop Russets in the Northwest growing areas, previously thought to be delayed, are looking more like they will be on track. 
  • Some growers are saying the plants have caught up in a few areas. 
  • Expect small volume New crop availability by as early as last week in July, surely by the first week of August. 
  • Organic Russets should be available by mid August.   
Colored Potatoes
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Colored Potatoes
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  • Mt. Vernon is finished for the season, new crop late September. 
  • Eastern WA has started Reds and Yellows, very good supplies on A size while B and C sizes will be tight this season. 
Salinas
Cauliflower
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Cauliflower
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  • Quality and condition has been good. Growers are still saying lighter volume through the week. Markets look to be steady through next week.
Berries
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Berries
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  • Strawberry - Mixed production info, supplies will remain steady for the next 2 weeks. Should see decrease in production early August.
  • Quality is good, size is down some.
  • Raspberries -  Supplies are tighter until new planting start in mid August.
  • Blackberries -  Supplies are tighter until new plantings start in August.
  • Blueberries -  Good supplies coming from Pacific Northwest. Good quality. California done in Northern California.
  • Michigan getting hit hard with rain all this week. New Jersey has good production and quality.
Iceberg Lettuce
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Iceberg Lettuce
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  • Market is correcting a bit. Quality is better and demand is just so-so. This week, expect this pattern to continue.
Leaf Lettuces
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Leaf Lettuces
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    • Supplies continue to be plentiful around both Salinas and Santa Maria.
    • Summer plantings seem to be adequate for demand, helping to keep the market steady.
    • We’re thinking that it will remain this way all week. Tip and fringe burn are showing up in some lots as well as seeders.     
       
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Broccoli
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    • Supplies remain on the light side all around Salinas, Santa Maria and Mexico.
    • We’re seeing demand pick up causing a little upward pressure on pricing especially on crowns.
    • A warm weather pattern is set to move in possibly moving product up a little early. But the effects won’t be felt until a week or two down the line.
    • Quality is still being reported as very good quality and condition.      
       
Celery
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Celery
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  • Celery market has rebounded due to Michigan weather and local regions still not kicking off.
  • Market should come off a bit as the East Coast kicks off in the next week.
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Oranges
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  • Valencia packing has slowed and supplies are very limited. 
  • Supplies are mostly fancy with 88 and larger choice on the tight side and very few smaller fruit.
  • What fruit is out there will see some occasional softness and re-greening at the stem end (due to the excessive heat).
  • Be patient and order early, as some orders may go unfilled. This market will continue to advance. Sugar is good.
  • Off Shore NAVELS are now available out of Chile and Australia. Keep in mind these are 15KG packs (approx. 33 lbs).
  • The fruit is fancy grade and mostly 88's and larger packs.
  • Be sure to have your TRUCKS check in early... those not loading on original day of order is becoming an issue.
  • With supplies being so tight it is imperative that orders are picked up timely. Fruit tends to disappear if it is left on the floor.
Stone Fruit
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Stone Fruit
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  • California tree fruit markets are starting to show some movement.
  • Peaches peaking 44/48/56's and the color is very nice.   Market remains high as supplies can't keep up with demand. 
  • Calif crop is not over abundant this year. East coast supplies were damaged with weather this year so this is the main supplier currently to the country.
  • Nectarines are following Peaches with supplies being very tight and demand heavy.  Color/flavor are good. 
  • Packing mostly trays and peaking 48/56/44. We could see some tightening here in the next 7-10 days.
  • Plums are improving with 40's and larger still on the tight side.
  • Better supplies of blacks at this time than Reds but this should turn around in the next 10 days.
  • Fruit looks nice and eating well. We should see lots of varieties kicking in by middle of the month... Think Plum - o - Rama!
  • Pluots volume is steady. Sizes similar to Plums packing in 1 & 2 layer trays for the most part. Call for supplies
     
Lemons
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Lemons
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  • All sizes and grades are tight.  Domestically fruit is from District 2. Overall, the fruit is packing fairly clean with occasional scars.
  • Demand as usual for summer is brisk and as such shippers are staying fairly clean with floor counts.
  • Even with offshore supplies the market continues to stay up and supplies short on large sizes.
  • Most of the fruit is packing out fancy leaving little to choice and standard grade.
  • Advanced booking and flexibility will go a long way to filling orders and pro-rations are likely.
  • Offshore fruit is here with fair supplies of Fancy grade. Even with this improvement in supplies we aren't expecting to see much market change.
  • Volume from Chile will be supplemented shortly by product crossing from Mexico as well. This fruit is going heavier to the east coast markets. 
  • TRUCKS not loading on the day fruit is becoming and issue. Fruit tends to disappear if it left on the floor.
  • With the supplies being so tight it is imperative that trucks load the day ordered and CALL the sheds.
Grapes
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Grapes
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  • Bakersfield/Arvin are harvesting Flames, Sugarone. Summer Royal, Ivory and a few other varieties.
  • The harvest is going well with good volume on Red & Black Seedless varieties.
  • Green Seedless continues to struggle with lighter supplies. This is evident in the prices.
  • Heat has been a big factor on harvesting/packing hours this last two weeks throughout central Calif.
  • Berry size is mostly medium large to large with good color; very nice quality. Green market is expected to stay up a little longer before it drops.
  • Champagne grapes are now available in a 16/1# pack so be sure to call for pricing.   
     
Specialty Citrus
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Specialty Citrus
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  • Specialty Citrus items have been brisk. Calif Ruby Grapefruit are available with fair supplies peaking 32/36/27's and very light on 40's and smaller.
  • Color is good and eating well.  Calif should have decent supplies into early fall when Texas will be back in supplies.
  • Off shore Tangerines/Mandarins are showing up.   Supplies are light coming into the LA area.  Contact Fresno for pricing on 10/3# units.
  • New Zealand Meyer Lemons are available in the LA area and we should see good volume though the summer from this area.
Carrots
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Carrots
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    • Carrot supplies are steady with processed moving well.  Like everything else Carrots are not immune to the heat. 
    • It is starting to effect the size coming out of the fields as such; Jumbo Carrot market is up slightly.  Supplies at this time are still good.

      

Potatoes
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Potatoes
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    • California New Potatoes harvesting now out of Northern Calif crops of Red/Yellow/White and fingerlings out of the Stockton area.
    • Market is up with good quality.  

 

Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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  • Cantaloupe supplies are much better with the west side harvesting. Sizing is still on the large side (Jumbo 9's and 12's). Small fruit is still light.
  • Quality has been excellent. Look for this market to stabilize out over the next 10 days.
  • Honeydews situation is slower to pick up on volume with run of sizes. Market is still a little stronger but showing signs of coming off slightly.
  • Quality is looking very nice with sizing peaking 5/6. 
  • Mixed melons packing predominately 5/6: Juan Canary/Galia/Crenshaw/Casaba/Orange Flesh/Homi/ Persian/Santa Claus. Call for pricing.  
     
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Watermelon
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  • Seedless continues to be a challenge on the supply side. But we are seeing volume improve out of Central Calif.
  • The Pacific Northwest will come into production in the next 7-10 days helping cover demand from the region and Western Canada.
  • The Southeast continues to produce as new areas come into play up the East Coast. Mini's are available with better supplies expected this week.
     
Kiwi
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Kiwi
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  • Chilean Kiwi quality is showing nice firm fruit... it should stay status quo through most of the summer.
  • With school right around corner this market is starting to get a little stronger. 
  • Fruit is packed out to order on 1 layer, volume filled and bags; No change steady as they go!
Avocado
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Avocado
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  • Supplies are just fair despite product from multiple growing areas.
  • Small size fruit has been short and expected this way until early September when new crop Mexico should hit.
  • Demand and Market are expected to remain strong into the early fall.
  • California's harvest is declining fast; will be all but done in the next 2-3 weeks.
  • Quality is good and fruit is ripening up nicely. Currently the size is peaking 40/48s.... small fruit is limited.
  • Mexico is into some Flora Loca fruit but supplies are light but expected to improve around the 2nd week of August.
  • Sizes are 48-70's at this time and not expecting to see much if any large sizes.
  • Look for new crop to start out of the area in Sept and currently volume on the trees is looking very nice. 
  • There are some fair numbers from Peru arriving and showing good quality. This product will be available through the month of August.
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Eggplant
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Eggplant
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  • Supplies are tight, due to the transition to NC
Green Beans
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Green Beans
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  • Supplies are tight, due to the transition to NC
Green Bell Pepper
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Green Bell Pepper
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  • Supplies are tight, due to the transition to NC
Cabbage
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Cabbage
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  • Supplies are tight, due to the transition to NC
Corn
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Corn
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  • Georgia is basically done. Midwest corn just starting, supplies are gapping.
Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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  • Supplies are tight, due to the transition to NC
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Roma Tomatoes
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Roma Tomatoes
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  • Roma prices are up. Nogales has ended. There is product available in San Diego and McAllen.
  • Round tomatoes are steady.  California has started with Romas and Rounds.
Peppers
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Peppers
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  • Bell peppers are finished in Nogales.  Prices are up, supplies are tight and demand is strong.
  • Bakersfield and Fresno are harvesting. Red and Yellow bells are also finished, the markets are active for these two items.
Grape Tomatoes
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Grape Tomatoes
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  • Nogales deal is done, Prices are down. San Diego is the next growing area to move to.
Cucumbers
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Cucumbers
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  • Cucumbers are finished in Nogales.  Prices are down this week.  Look to San Diego for field cucumbers. English cucumbers are done.
  • Mini cucumbers are finished.
Beef Steak Tomatoes
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Beef Steak Tomatoes
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  • Nogales season is finished. Some Canadian product is available.
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Mexican Lime
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Mexican Lime
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  • We are into old crop fruit, expect less supplies and quality issues due to moisture and humidity.
  • Fruit will be larger in size because we are into old crop fruit very soon.  Market is slightly higher.
Mango
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Mango
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  • Tommy supplies are decreasing, Kent mango coming in and Keitts available now. Good supplies on all sizes.  More volume on large size Kents.
  • Quality on Ataulfo is variable and supplies are decreasing.  Market is lower overall. Demand is low this week.

 

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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Pineapple
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  • Expect to see limited supplies on most sizes. There is small size fruit mostly, 8ct coming in from Mexico. Prices remain high. Quality is good.
Mexican Avocado
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Mexican Avocado
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  • New crop (flor loca) is starting now and can last about a month. Prices are expected to be higher and supplies good on all sizes for next week. 
  • Oil content is always an issue with new crop.
Mexican Tomatoes
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Mexican Tomatoes
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  • Markets overall higher on Mexican Romas and quality is variable with low supplies. 
  • Rounds volume are expected to still be available but some shippers are finished for the season.
  • Prices 4X5s slightly higher, 5X6s, good demand and higher prices.
Mexican Chili Peppers
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Mexican Chili Peppers
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  • Market on Jalapenos is tight. We expect to see higher prices on Jalapeno and Serrano and Poblano.
  • Anaheim prices are expected to remain unchanged. Quality is variable overall.
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Melons
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  • Honeydews are expected to decrease seasonally. Expect to see very light supplies at slightly lower prices.  Quality is good overall.
Mexican Onions
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Mexican Onions
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  • Very light supplies on Reds and Yellows. Good supplies on Whites.  Prices on medium Reds and Yellows are higher. Whites have higher prices.
  • Good demand and good quality 

 

Watermelons
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Subject    7/22/2017 - - Watermelons
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  • Expect to see some limited supplies coming in from Central and Western AZ as harvest decreases seasonally.
  • Texas seeded and Red Flesh Seedless are coming in strong. Quality is generally good.

 

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