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November 9, 2018
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Apples
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Apples
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  • Pretty much all shippers are done packing c.a. storage apples from the 2017-2018 crop. All other varieties are now new crop in the northwest.
  • Small sizes 100's/smaller are tighter & almost non-existent on Granny Smith & Golden Delicious.
  • Most small Granny Smith are currently being found in California. Food service sizes 113-198's on most varieties will be tight this season in WA. 
  • Michigan has a larger crop & has the smaller sizing this season compared to the Northwest. Overall, quality has been good.
  • There are issues with bitter pit & shippers are repacking prior to shipment.
Onions
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Onions
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  • Onions are undercover in all NW growing areas.  Jumbo Yellows market is holding steady depending on destination of the onions.
  • There are wickedly low offerings going East. Some claim because of the lack of Rail cars this year. 
  • There are still good deals to be found on Colossal and Super Colossal Yellows in ID/OR districts.
  • Their size profile is very large this season along with outstanding yields.
  • Look for Medium Yellow pricing to stay firm all season as they are tight across all districts. Red onion prices are steady. Great supply of White onions. 
  • Several factors may yet effect the pricing on Onions in a positive way. 
  • The most obvious is that the Mid-West and East coast growing areas dealt with less than perfect growing conditions this season.
  • Consequently they are experiencing less yield.   Yellow Sweets are available now. All colors of Organic are now available as well.
Pears
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Pears
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  • NW Bartletts, Starkrimsons (red pear), Red Bartletts, Bosc, D'Anjou, Comice, Seckels, & Forelle pears available. Quality is good.
  • Overall, a good mix of sizes available. There are a few shippers making deals to move product to compete with the remaining California pears.

 

Colored Potatoes
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Colored Potatoes
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  • Eastern WA has good availability of Yellow & Red potatoes. Organic Red and Yellows are available in Eastern WA as well. 
  • Mt. Vernon District-has a great crop this season.  Great yields, good quality and excellent color; this is going to be a stellar season. 
  • All four colors including Fingerlings are available as well as Organics.
Potatoes
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Potatoes
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  • Market remains steady. All the potatoes are harvested and undercover in WA & OR.
  • Idaho shippers continue to sell at lower FOB's than the rest of the country. 
  • Idaho shippers are most likely running for consumer packs for the Thanksgiving action and creating volumes of cartons along the way.
  • Idaho, prices have started to rise somewhat. Overall, consensus continues to be that crop will be short this season- Nation wide.
  • Point being -don't get caught off guard. This price transition should take place in the first few weeks of November. 
  • Russet organics are available. Overall quality is excellent in all growing districts this season.
Salinas
Berries
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Berries
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  • Strawberries- Oxnard and Santa Maria good supply and quality. Mexico starting. Organic availability is an issue.
  • Raspberries- Only good supply in Oxnard. There is some in Mexico.
  • Blackberry - Short supply and quality issues still due to previous rain.
  • Blueberry - Good supply on West coast and prices are up.

 

Broccoli
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Broccoli
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  • As the Salinas and Santa Maria deals wind down, supplies seem to be adequate to keep pricing steady, if not a little bit easier through the holiday pull.
  • Some shippers will have another week or two (or three) of both bunched and crowns up here while the desert deal starts up slowly (as usual).
  • Quality is being reported as fair to good.
Cauliflower
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Cauliflower
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  • Cauliflower demand is steady. Quality and condition is still good. Shippers are quoting better numbers through the week.
  • Markets will be steady through the week.  Still should deal on 16's and 9's.
Celery
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Celery
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  • Supplies are lower this week; however, markets are much better.
  • With the Canadian deal finished, we are getting more requests for celery to be sent to Canada.
  • Our forecast for the next two weeks shows slightly lower volume than anticipated.
Iceberg Lettuce
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Iceberg Lettuce
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  • The market has been active due to light supplies and increased demand from the north east and also from Canadian customers buying again.
Leaf Lettuces
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Leaf Lettuces
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  • Romaine is up and short supplies, Green is up in price and getting shorter. Red is getting shorter.
Fresno
Avocado
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Avocado
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  • Avocado strike in Mexico is effecting supplies this week.  As such markets took a kick up to try to slow movement somewhat. 
  • Everyone is hoping this situation gets resolved soon.   Orders are being prorated and or cut completely depending on sizing and condition. 

  • Approx 80% of the crop in Mexico still to go. Some fruit is being air shot in at this time from Chile on a limited basis. California & Peru are done.

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Carrots
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Carrots
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  • Processed carrot supplies are steady and moving well on regular as well as organic. 
  • Conventional carrots are in good demand and the market is up slightly on Jumbo/Cello/Clip Tops.  
  • Be sure to book early to get the packs and sizes you need.
Grapes
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Grapes
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  • Calif Grapes supplies are good with some shippers starting to wind down on certain varieties for the season. 
  • We should have all colors available through early December.   Some growers are still harvesting fresh with good to excellent quality.   
  • Volume is good so promote for the holidays.
Lemons
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Lemons
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  • Lemons market has steadied out with fruit from District 3 & a little out of 1.  Sizing is peaking 165/140 side.   

  • Fruit is requiring some gassing to color up.  Quality is good with clean pack outs as a result standard supplies are very light.

Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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  • Cantaloupe is sizing 9/12 out of the desert.  Volume is light due to weather in growing areas and poor quality. 
  • Color is on the green to concrete side with maturity struggling. Solid centers, and eating fair. 
  • Quality is just fair seeing ground spots, softness, stem end decay and occasional net mold. 
  • Due to this fair to poor quality we many wind up early out of the Desert. 
  • Mexico/Nogales will be the place to be until off shore gets moving early in December. Until off shore market will stay firm.
  • Honeydew market is starting to increase slower than cantaloupes.  The fruit is on the large side.  Harvesting from the desert and Nogales areas. 
  • Color and condition are fair to good with harvest slowed.
Oranges
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Oranges
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  • Navels are going and sugar levels are improving.  This fruit is taking 48-60 hours of gas. 
  • Coming out very clean peaking on Fancy.  Harvest is out of the Kern County/Bakersfield areas and starting to pick a little in Tulare County foothills. 
  • Sizing is small peaking 113/138/88.  Big demand out there for 72's and larger fruit which is at a premium. 
  • The fruit set on the trees is looking good for decent supplies this season mostly expected to peak 88/113.   
  • Growers are starting to see some consistent cool nights temps which is helping to naturally color the fruit. 
  • Not to mention rain wouldn't hurt either to size fruit up a bit.
Potatoes
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Potatoes
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  • California's New Potatoes are done for season.... time to move to Washington for the best quality.  Call our Mt Vernon office for pricing and availability.
Specialty Citrus
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Specialty Citrus
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  • Calif Ruby Grapefruit are done for the time being.  Supplies are limited, mostly out of TX with great flavor. 
  • Calif Satsuma's are looking and eating pretty good.  Supplies are improving daily. Sizing so far is peaking Large/Med/Jumbo. 
  • This fruit is getting a little gas to help the color along. But we are expecting to see some Stem & Leaf will be available this week. 
  • Clementine Mandarins area expected to start up this week out of Calif with light numbers... leaving most on the trees for natural color.
Stone Fruit
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Stone Fruit
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  • Fall Favorites
  • Pomegranates are going peaking 32/32 with a nice deep red exterior and interior color....Wonderful is the variety. 
  • We have good supplies and various packs of Arils (Pomegranate seeds). We can offer a variety of pack sizes packed to order.
  • Plums good color and nice flavor cleaning up this week with very limited product.
  • Asian Pears are packing great in 1 & 2 layer trays.
  • Fuyu & Hachyia Persimmons, as well as Quince have all started. Color is improving with cool temps.
Watermelon
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Watermelon
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  • Watermelon quality is good to excellent.  We expect supplies to remain fairly steady for the next 3 weeks.
Kiwi
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Kiwi
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  • Calif Kiwi are now shipping with all sizes available.  Fruit is very firm (you will need some time for this to soften up). 
  • Market adjusting down slightly. Quality is good.
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Cabbage
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Cabbage
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  • Light supplies from Michigan due to seasonal decline. Moderate supplies from Georgia. Quality good overall.
Corn
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Corn
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  • Most shippers from Georgia are finished for the season.  Light supplies from Florida. Steady volume is expected by mid November.
Cucumber
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Cucumber
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  • Good supplies expected from Florida as most shippers begin the season. Quality is generally good. Light supplies from South Georgia.
Eggplant
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Eggplant
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  • Light supplies from Georgia as many shippers are finished harvesting for the season. Prices are higher. Quality is generally good.
  • Steady supplies from Central and South Florida.
Green Beans
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Green Beans
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  • Light supplies from South Georgia due to seasonal decline. Good quality. Good supplies expected from Florida.
Green Bell Pepper
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Green Bell Pepper
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  • Light supplies from Georgia due to seasonal decline. Moderate supplies from Florida as most shippers begin the season. Quality is generally good.
Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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  • Moderate supplies from Florida. Prices are lower. Quality is generally good. Light supplies from South Georgia.
Sweet Potatoes
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Sweet Potatoes
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  • Good supplies from North Carolina in anticipation of Thanksgiving Day holiday ads. Moderate supplies from Louisiana.
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Cucumbers
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Cucumbers
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  • Cucumbers are down, there are good supplies available. Supplies are crossing through Nogales and San Diego.
  • There are also English and Mini cucumbers available.
Beef Steak Tomatoes
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Beef Steak Tomatoes
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  • Prices are up this week. There are a few single layers crossing though Nogales, supplies are limited. Supplies will improve in December.
Grape Tomatoes
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Grape Tomatoes
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  • Grape tomatoes are up this week.  Supplies have tightened up.  Product is available in San Diego. Nogales should start crossing product in December.
Roma Tomatoes
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Roma Tomatoes
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  • Prices are up, supplies are down.  California is coming to an end.  Rounds are also up this week.
  • Product should start crossing through Nogales around December.
Peppers
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Peppers
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  • Green Pepper market is up this week.  Red, Yellow and Orange peppers are also up. Nogales has started with limited availability. 
  • Supplies should improve in the coming weeks as more growers start to harvest.
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Chili Peppers
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Chili Peppers
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  • Moderate supplies in chili peppers such as Jalapeno, Serrano and Poblano. Limited Habanero with moderate quality.
  • Moderate volume in Anaheim; Prices in general are very high due to limited supplies.
  • Expect to see prices higher over the next couple of weeks.
Lime
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Lime
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  • Supplies are back to normal ranges as the harvesters are back harvesting after the Day of the Day celebrations. 
  • Sizing and availability is good on large sizes such as 110s, 150s and 175s.
Mango
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Mango
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  • The season out of Mexico has drawn to a close. Expect the Mexico season to begin again in February 2019.
Melons
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Melons
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  • Local season has completed.
Mexican Avocado
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Mexican Avocado
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  • Supplies of Avocados are light due to growers holding back on harvesting so that prices can be raised. 
  • Shippers are not seeing relief any time soon.
Mexican Onions
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Mexican Onions
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  • Rains are continuing in Mexico and still affecting supply. Very limited supplies and high prices in White, Yellow and Red onions.
Pineapple
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Pineapple
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  • Supplies are light right now due to rains in the growing areas. 
  • Supplies are also low due to cloudy skies and cold temperatures because they do not allow the pineapple to color and ripen.
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Subject    11/12/2018 - - Watermelons
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  • Supplies out of Mexico on Seedless. 
  • Supplies out of South Carolina and Florida are very light so heavy supplies out of Mexico are very welcomed to help fill the supply gap.
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