Produce Trends - July 3, 2020
All produce pricing trends are based on USDA data as of June 30, 2020.
The Russet market is up this week. Seventy-count Burbanks, 90-count Burbanks and 6-oz min size are up out of Idaho with moderate supply and good demand reported. There have been reports of some quality issues coming out of Idaho. Seventy and 90-count Norkotahs out of Washington/Oregon are up with moderate supply and good demand reported. Fair quality is being reported out of both growing regions.
The red potato market is steady this week out of California and North Carolina with moderate supply and good demand reported.
The yellow potato market is steady this week out of California and North Carolina with moderate supply and good demand being reported.
The cabbage market is down this week with good supply and quality and moderate demand.
The green leaf market is up this week with supply and quality reported as good while demand is fair.
The romaine market is down this week with supplies reporting as light. Romaine quality is generally good and demand is exceeding supply.
The iceberg market is up this week with supplies continuing to be lighter than normal. Overall quality has been good, and demand has increased.
Domestic garlic suppliers are starting to peel and ship California garlic this week, but the peeling is a slow process until the garlic has more time to cure, which makes it easier to peel. Production should pick up next week. Some Mexican peeled garlic is still on the market.
Jumbo yellow onion market is up this week out of both growing regions. Product out of California and Southern New Mexico is up with moderate supply and good demand reported. Good quality is being reported out of all growing regions.
Most mushroom suppliers from the East to West coasts are experiencing lighter but improving supply on Crimini mushrooms. Labor issues are improving and some of the small orders on specialty items are now being filled.
The cilantro market is mixed this week. Product out of Oxnard, California is steady on 30's and down on 60's with lighter supply and moderate demand reported. Product out of Central Coast California is up on 30's and up on 60's with moderate supply and demand reported. Product out of Mexico is down on 60's with moderate supply and lighter demand reported. Quality will vary by growing region.
Cucumber supply has improved in the east with product coming from Georgia and both Carolinas. Supply is also coming from Michigan domestically, which is helping to lower prices. Mexican supply is also good; however, prices are up slightly this week. Quality is good.
The celery market is up this week with quality and demand both reported as good. The market remains high as there are lower volumes from the reduced planting by most vendors.
Yellow Squash & ZUCCHINI
Supply has improved for Zucchini and yellow squash. There are multiple growing regions in the East and Michigan is producing. Yellow squash quality is poor to fair and Zucchini quality is fair to good.
The green bean market is mixed this week. Machine-picked product out of South Georgia is up with lighter supply and moderate demand with some quality issues being reported. Imported Haricot Verts are down with lighter supply and demand reported.
The green bean market is down this week. Machine-picked product out of South Georgia is down with lighter supply, moderate demand and some quality issues being reported. Imported Haricot Verts are down with moderate supply and lighter demand reported.
Green pepper prices remain high for a second week in a row. Supply is tight and quality is poor to fair.
Red round tomato supply has improved in Central Florida and Mexican growing regions. Pricing has come down on all sizes and quality is excellent.
Roma prices are steady to down this week. Supply is very light in the East. Prices are still more competitive as volume improves in the various growing regions. Quality is good.
Grape & Cherry
Volume is great in the West and steady in the East. Eastern tomatoes are seeing some quality issues due to weather events in the East. Western quality is excellent. Western prices remain slightly elevated this week but are expected to continue dropping in the upcoming weeks.
The jumbo carrot market is mixed this week. Product out of Kern, California is up with moderate supply and good demand and quality being reported. Product out of Mexico is steady with moderate supply and good demand with a wide range in quality reported.
The green onion market is steady to up. Large 48’s and medium 48’s are up out of Mexico. There is moderate supply and good demand reported on all sizes. 48’s out of South Carolina are steady with lighter supply and demand reported. Fair quality is being reported out of both growing regions.
The cauliflower market is down this week with supply, demand and quality all reporting as good.
The asparagus market is mixed this week. Product out of Peru is up with lighter supply and moderate demand. Product out of Mexico is down with lighter supply and demand reported. Quality will vary by growing region.
The broccoli market is down this week. Supply has improved but volumes are still below normal. Demand and quality are good.
Apples and Pears
All apple varieties out of Washington are steady with good supply, demand and quality being reported.
The pear market out of Washington remains stable with moderate supply, demand and good quality being reported.
Lemon prices are up as supply is light. Fancy lemons are tight; quality is fair to good.
Limes are generally steady; prices are up very slightly. Supply and quality are good.
Navel supply is very light and quality of Navels is old with short shelf life. Valencia supply is gaining and Valencia pricing is steady.
The strawberry market is up this week. Growers expect to see a slight decrease in production, followed by an increase in demand for the holiday. Quality is reporting as good.
The grape market is mixed this week on large-size fruit out of both growing regions. Flame Seedless are steady. Red Globes, Red Seedless, Sweet Celebration are down while Black Seedless and White Seedless are up out of Mexico. There is moderate supply and demand with fair quality being reported. Sugarone variety and Black seedless out of Coachella, CA are steady while Flame Seedless are down. There is lighter supply, good demand and fair quality reported.
Pricing is stable, as supply is very good. Quality is wonderful and is expected to be through the summer months.
Banana supply and quality is good. Specialty bananas (24-ct. and IP’s) demand is still low and supply is light. Consumers are encouraged to consider a greater color variance to help growers.
Avocados supply has improved from both Mexico and California growing regions. With foodservice demand growing, #2 fruit is becoming harder to come by. Small sized fruit is also tight. This is expected to improve in mid-July as the new Mexican crop starts. Quality is good.
The cantaloupe market is up this week with labor and high temperatures continuing to have a negative effect on the harvest volume. This means growers are harvesting below projected numbers and the market is getting tighter.
The honeydew market is down this week with labor and high temperatures continuing to have a negative effect on the harvest volume.
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