Produce Trends - January 17, 2020
All produce pricing trends are based on USDA data as of Jan. 14, 2020.
The market on russets is steady to up this week. 70 ct. Burbanks out of Idaho are steady, while 70 ct. Norkotahs are up. 90 ct. Burbanks and Norkotahs are up, and the 6 oz. size is steady. Idaho is reporting moderate supply and good demand. Washington and Oregon growing regions are reporting that 70 and 90 ct. Norkotahs are up, with moderate supply and good demand. Quality will vary by growing region and variety.
The red potato market is steady to down this week. Product out of Minnesota is down, while product out of Wisconsin is steady. Reports show that there is moderate supply and demand out of both growing regions.
The yellow potato market out of Florida is steady, with moderate supply, good quality, and good demand reported.
The cabbage market is down this week. Supplies are fair due to the cold weather, with quality reporting as fair and demand good.
The green leaf market is up this week, with light supply due to the cold weather. Green leaf quality is fair to good, with some irregular sizing, occasional insect damage, epidermal peel/blistering and occasional mechanical damage.
The romaine market is up this week, with supplies meeting current demand. Romaine quality has been fair to good, with epidermal peel being the main issue that may cause a decrease in shelf life. The romaine quality has been ribby, with occasional broken rib/mechanical damage, and a few with twist and minimal insect damage. Demand is being reported as fair to good.
The iceberg market is up this week. Iceberg continues to be light, with inconsistent weights, misshapen and puffy heads being the main issues due to the cold weather. Quality is generally good.
No issues to report on domestic garlic out of California, with good supply, demand and quality being reported.
The jumbo yellow onion market is up this week. Product out of Washington and Oregon is up, with moderate supply and good demand reported. Product out of Idaho is also up, with moderate supply and good demand reported.
No issues to report on product coming from the East Coast, with good supply, demand and quality being reported. Supply and quality issues continue for product coming from the West Coast.
The cilantro market is steady to up this week, depending on growing region and pack. Product out of Oxnard, California is up on 30’s and on 60’s, with moderate supply and good demand reported. Product out of Texas is steady on 60’s, with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Imperial, Coachella, Palo Verde, Central California and Western Arizona is up on 30’s and on 60’s, with moderate supply and demand reported. Quality will vary by growing region.
Cucumber prices are up this week. Florida continues to pull from Honduras, with volumes expected to improve in the coming weeks. Mexico harvests are fair, which has caused supplies to tighten up slightly.
The celery market is down this week. Celery volume is expected to meet demand this week. Quality is fair, with inconsistent sizing, bowed structure, occasional mechanical damage, minimal cracked nodes and light insect damage.
Yellow squash has continued to go up in price. Both Florida and Mexico are reporting lighter harvests, which is causing supplies to tighten up. Quality is poor on yellow squash in both regions.
Zucchini prices continue to rise in both regions for this week. Harvest is lighter in both regions, with quality reported between poor to fair.
The green bean market is mixed this week. Machine-picked product out of South Florida is up, with lighter supply and good demand reported. Handpicked product out of Mexico is up, with moderate supply and demand reported. Imported haricot verts are down, with lighter supply and moderate demand reported. Quality will vary by growing region.
Green bell peppers are mixed this week. Florida pricing continued to rise, due to fair supplies. Mexico pricing has decreased as their supplies improve. Quality is good in both regions.
Red bell peppers are steady to down for the week. Price changes will vary between size and grade. Quality continues to be good for both field-grown and hothouse peppers.
Round tomato prices are steady to slightly down for the week. Supplies continue to be light out of both Florida and Mexico. Analysts believe Mexico may have better harvests in the upcoming weeks, which could help with the light supplies. Quality is fair to good. “Act of God” is still in effect for round tomatoes.
Roma tomato prices are down in both growing regions. Roma supplies continue to improve in both Mexico and Florida. Quality is good in both regions.
Cherry tomatoes are steady to up for the week. Supplies have tightened up due to strong demand. Quality is fair. Florida is the only state reporting for the USDA.
Grape tomatoes are steady to down. Florida pricing is flat, while pricing out of Mexico is slightly down for the week. Quality is fair in both regions.
The jumbo carrot market is down this week. Product out of Kern District, California and Mexico is down, with moderate supply and light demand. There is a wide range in quality coming out of Mexico.
The green onion market is up this week. Product out of Mexico is up on medium size, with lighter supply, good demand, and a wide range in quality reported.
The cauliflower market is up this week, with supplies expected to be light. Cauliflower has had an off-white color, with a few pieces exhibiting mechanical damage and ricing. Low demand is keeping prices moderately high.
The asparagus market is up this week. Product out of Peru is up, with moderate supply and demand reported. There is a wide range in quality.
The broccoli market is up this week. The markets continue to stay high, as availability remains tight due to the lack of growth with cold weather. Broccoli has had good quality, with firm/uniform heads, minimal spread, occasional knuckling, and occasional mechanical damage.
Apples and Pears
All varieties out of Washington are steady this week, with good supply, demand, and quality being reported.
The pear market out of Washington remains stable, with moderate supply, good quality and lighter demand reported.
Lemon pricing is steady to down this week. Supply on 165 and smaller sizes is tight. Sizes are now peaking on 140’s and larger sizes in both D1 and D3. Quality is fair to good.
Lime prices are down for the week. Supplies have improved, allowing the price to drop. Quality is fair to good. Price changes will vary between size and grade.
Navel prices look to be steady for the week. Supplies on 113’s and smaller sizes are extremely tight, due to demand. There is more availability on 72’s and larger sizes for substitutions. Cara Cara and Blood Oranges are in full production, with good volumes. Cara Cara are trending toward 88’s and Blood Oranges are 113/88/138 sizes.
The strawberry market is up this week. Although the strawberry growing regions in Mexico and Florida did not get precipitation last week, cooler weather hampered overall berry growth. Overall demand is moderate this week.
The grape market is mixed this week on imports out of Peru. Black Seedless and Red Globes are up on extra-large and large. Crimson Seedless are steady on extra-large and down on large. Sugarones are down on extra-large, jumbo and large. There is moderate supply and demand reported.
Pineapple prices have increased. Harvests have started to produce smaller-sized fruit, causing 5 and 6 counts to be limited. Quality is good.
Banana prices continue to be steady. Supply continues to be good, with no quality issues reported. Sizing is slightly down due to the weather pattern in the tropics.
Avocado prices are up this week. Mexico is experiencing some freight issues, which has resulted in fewer crossings into the U.S. Fruit is trending toward larger sizes. It is expected that California will start to harvest slowly near the end of January.
The cantaloupe market is flat this week, with moderate supply and demand reported.
The honeydew market is also flat this week, with moderate supply and demand reported.
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