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December 7, 2018
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Apples
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Apples
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  • Apple market is starting to tighten up, with all the apples harvested. The overall apple crop has picked out shorter than anticipated.
  • 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.
  • Pricing is beginning to go up on many varieties as they move into c.a. storage. Export is also driving the prices up.
Onions
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Onions
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  • Market is fairly steady; Jumbo pricing is weak while Medium Yellow pricing has firmed up and in some cases gone UP!
  • Red onion prices are steady albeit lower this week. Great supply of White onions. Unless there is an unexpected quality problem in the industry.
  • It appears that this season will continue with low FOB's as there are plenty of onions to fill orders all year. 
  • So go ahead and get some AD's set with your onion rep. Yellow Sweets are available now.
  • All colors of Organics are now available as well.
Pears
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Pears
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  • NW Bartletts, Starkrimsons (red pear), Red Bartletts, Bosc, D'Anjou, Red D'Anjou, Comice, Seckels, & Forelle pears available. Quality is good.
  • Overall, a good mix of sizes available.  California is just about finished with Bartletts.
Colored Potatoes
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - 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 - good supplies of Red and Yellow. 
  • Heavy to the size A this season; Whites are a bit snug lately.  The inability to dig due to adverse weather. 
  • Good quality and excellent color on all four colors including Fingerlings are available as well as Organics.
Potatoes
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Potatoes
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  • Market remains steady albeit comparatively low priced this season.  
  • Demand meets supply this week.  Look for that to change in the next few weeks as Christmas ads pull has begun. 
  • This will mostly effect the bales but cartons will see pressure as well of course.  
  • Russet Organic are available in most districts.  Overall quality is excellent in all growing districts this season.  
  • Idaho is offering Burbank and Norkotah varieties.
Salinas
Berries
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Berries
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  • Strawberries- Pricing up as demand exceeds supply and quality is medium.
  • Raspberries- Supply out of Mexico. Market is high. Supply is weak. Quality is good.
  • Blackberry - Mexico and Central America product. More quality issues upon arrival. Supply is tight.
  • Blueberry - Supply out of Mexico, Chile and Peru --quality is good. Supply is good now, but will be tighter next week.
Broccoli
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Broccoli
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  • Volume remains off as cold weather has continued to hold back plant growth.
  • We expect both bunched and crowns to stay active/demand exceed for the next couple of weeks.
  • Color and condition are generally good with some purpling showing up.
Cauliflower
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Cauliflower
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  • Cauliflower market has eased up on pricing as Yuma has picked up in volume.

  • Expect market to bounce right back as Yuma is projected for cooler temps in the week to come.

Celery
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Celery
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  • Celery continues to be a hot commodity as Florida still has not started production. 
  • Oxnard supplies are short due to bad weather and fusarium are limiting volumes.
Iceberg Lettuce
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Iceberg Lettuce
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  • Expect lettuce to continue to show irregular sizing and light weights through the coming week.
  • The extended period of unusual weather we are experiencing has continued to reduce yields and maintained high FOB's.
Leaf Lettuces
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Leaf Lettuces
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  • Romaine is down in price, there is plenty. Green is up in price and getting shorter and Red is getting shorter.
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Avocado
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Avocado
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  • Mexico's Avocado crossings are expected to amp up this month as Holiday parties and Bowl games pull heavier volume.   
  • Pricing is stable for this time of year. We are seeing more larger fruit coming onto the market.   
  • Fruit is peaking 48/40/60's at this time. Quality is good to excellent.   Approx 80% of the crop in Mexico still to go.
Carrots
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - 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    12/9/2018 - - Grapes
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  • Calif Green Seedless volume is tight at this time and as such this market is getting stronger.
  • Even with this we anticipate all colors available through December though.   
  • So recent weather will split the market on pre and post rain fruit.... with shippers looking to move the post fruit first. 
  • Peru is starting to arrive with fruit on the east coast and even seeing some of this trucked out to Calif for loading.
  • Chile is expected to start arriving on the west coast  around the Dec 20th.
Lemons
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Lemons
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  • Lemons market has steadied with fruit shipping out of all areas.   Sizing continues 165/140. 

  • Harvest has slowed a bit as most crews are working on Oranges and Specialties at this time. 

  • Quality is good with clean pack outs only grade that is light are standards.  This situation will continue for the balance of the month.

Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Melons Cantaloupe/Honeydew
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  • Cantaloupe is sizing 12/15 out of Mexico will go for another few weeks out here with fair to good quality. 
  • Volume will remains light through the end of this season. 
  • Guatemala had it first arrivals come in with light supplies and large fruit.... this situation will continue for the next few weeks.   
  • Color is on the green to concrete and quality is fair to good. Volume expected to remain light through the month and market to stay strong.
  • Honeydew market up with fruit out of Mexico.  Sizing has dropped a bit with mostly 6/8's available and quality has been good. 
  • Off shore will be available this week and is the opposite size wise peaking Jumbo 5/5's. 
  • Market not expected to adjust down until offshore volume improves.
Oranges
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Oranges
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  • Navels are going and sugar levels are improving. The gassing is all but finished. 
  • Color is a little light and fruit is packing out very clean; heavy to fancy. 
  • Harvest last week was a little light with rains but the Weatherman is predicting dry for the next 7-10 day so crews will be busy. 
  • Sizing is starting to improve slightly with a few more 72's and a few less 138's available out there.  Upcoming harvest could see some bigger fruit. 
  • Big demand out there for 72's and larger fruit which continue to be priced strong. 
  • The fruit set looks good; we anticipate decent supplies this season. We have been seeing consistent cool nights temps helping color and skin set.
  • Cara Cara oranges are now available.  They are peaking 113/138/88's and are packing mostly in 1/2 cartons but full cartons are available. 
  • Color is nice and the fruit is eating well. Blood Oranges have started in a light way.  Packing up in 1/2 cartons. 
  • Exterior color is still on the light side but they cut with decent interior color.  Like all Orange varieties they are small this year 113/138 mostly. 
  • Supplies will be light for the next 10 days but should pick up as we go along.... As such exterior color will be improving
Potatoes
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - 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    12/9/2018 - - Specialty Citrus
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  • Calif Ruby Grapefruit is now back in business.  Sizing is peaking 40/36 and color is improving. 
  • We will have supplies for a few months and will see some light supplies of Organic available to load out of southern Calif as well.  
  • Calif Satsuma's winding down over the next few weeks.... fruit looking and eating. 
  • Sizing is peaking Large/Med/Jumbo and packing to order Stem & Leaf. 
  • Delights and Clementine have started and are peaking around a 36 size.... large fruits are being snapped up by retailers.
Stone Fruit
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Stone Fruit
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  • Fall Favorites
  • Fresh Pomegranates will be done this week for all intensive purposes.   
  • However, we have good supplies and various packs of Arils (Pomegranate seeds). We can offer a variety of pack sizes packed to order. 
  • Asian Pears are packing great in 1 & 2 layer trays. Fuyu / Hachyia Persimmons & Quince color has been nice. 
  • They to are coming to the end of the supplies for the season, call for availability.
Watermelon
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Watermelon
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  • Watermelon quality is good to excellent. Supplies are tapering off fast out of Mexico.... as is the sizing. 
  • Look for product to remain tight into the new year.   Market is up and will continue this way over the next few weeks due to the lack of fruit.
Kiwi
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - 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    12/9/2018 - - Cabbage
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  • Moderate supplies from Georgia. Quality is generally good.
Corn
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Corn
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  • Good supplies from Florida.  Excellent quality.
Cucumber
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Cucumber
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  • Moderate supplies from Florida. Quality is good.
Eggplant
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Eggplant
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  • Good supplies from Central and South Florida. Prices are slightly lower. Quality is generally good.
Green Beans
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Green Beans
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  • Good supplies from Florida. Prices on machine picked are higher. Quality is generally good.
Green Bell Pepper
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Green Bell Pepper
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  • Good supplies from Florida.  Quality is generally good. Prices are lower.
Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Yellow Squash and Zucchini
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  • Good supplies from Central and South Florida. Prices on Yellow crookneck is generally unchanged, others higher. Quality is generally good.
Sweet Potatoes
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Sweet Potatoes
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  • Moderate supplies from Louisiana. Quality is generally good.
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Cucumbers
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Cucumbers
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  • Cucumbers are up this week, there are good supplies available. Product is crossing through Nogales and San Diego. 
  • There are also English and Mini Cucumbers available.
Beef Steak Tomatoes
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Beef Steak Tomatoes
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  • Prices are steady this week. There a few single layers crossing though Nogales, supplies are limited.
  • Supplies should improve as we get into December.
Grape Tomatoes
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Grape Tomatoes
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  • Grape tomatoes are down this week.  Supplies are improving, we are starting to see more product cross through Nogales.
Roma Tomatoes
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Roma Tomatoes
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  • Prices are down this week. Supplies are improving more product is crossing through Nogales. 
  • Rounds are still short, this should change in the coming weeks. Product is crossing trough Nogales but supplies are light.
Peppers
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Peppers
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  • Green Peppers are down this week, supplies are starting to improve.  Red, Yellow and Orange peppers are still pretty tight. 
  • Supplies should improve in the coming weeks as more growers start to harvest.
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Chili Peppers
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Chili Peppers
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  • Moderate supplies in good quality Jalapeno.  Serrano and Poblano better price and supplies.
  • Limited Habanero with moderate quality. Moderate volume in Anaheim; Prices in general are high due to limited supplies.
  • Expect to see prices higher over the next couple of weeks due to frozen fields. Very limited tomatillo.
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Lime
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  • Supplies remain the same and prices have strengthened as demand has picked up somewhat. 
  • Sizing is primarily on smaller sizes making it a good time to promote for upcoming holiday parties
Mango
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - 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    12/9/2018 - - Melons
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  • Local season has completed.
Mexican Avocado
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Mexican Avocado
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  • There is uncertainty among shippers with respect to market pricing as supply currently exceeds demand. 
  • This is coupled with low promotional activity by retailers in the USA.
  • Retailers were not able to obtain any promotional pricing during the union strike last month. 
  • Shippers are offering some spot deals to select customers.
Mexican Onions
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Mexican Onions
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  • Rains and now frozen fields are continuing in Mexico and will be affecting even more supply.
  • Very limited supplies and high prices in white, yellow and red onions.
Pineapple
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Pineapple
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  • Market and demand conditions are slightly lower than last week. Prices are slightly lower and overall quality is good.
Watermelons
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Subject    12/9/2018 - - Watermelons
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  • Supplies continuing to be tight on seedless. Southern Mexico will start in a week and supplies will pick up a bit at the end of December on seedless.
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