Produce Trends - May 29, 2020
All produce pricing trends are based on USDA data as of May 19, 2020.
The Russet market is steady to up this week, depending on growing region and pack size. Seventy and 90-ct. Burbanks, and 6-oz. min. size are steady out of Idaho with moderate supply and demand. Seventy-ct Norkotahs are steady while 90-ct. Norkotahs are up out of Washington/Oregon with moderate supply and demand being reported. Quality is fair out of both growing regions.
The red potato market is steady this week out of Florida and California with moderate supply and good demand being reported.
The yellow potato market out of Florida and California is steady this week with moderate supply and good demand being reported.
Cabbage market is down this week with moderate supply and moderate-to-fair demand.
Green leaf market is flat this week. Supply is good and demand is light.
Romaine market is flat this week with good supply and fair demand. Quality is good.
Iceberg market is up this week. Supplies are moderate and demand is good.
Starting in early June, a two-week supply gap is expected for domestic peeled garlic. This supply gap comes before domestic, new-crop garlic is expected in mid-to-late June.
Jumbo yellow onion market is steady to up this week. Product out of California and Texas is steady with moderate supply and good demand, and quality being reported. Product out of Georgia is up with moderate supply and good demand and quality being reported.
Most mushroom suppliers coast to coast are experiencing supply shortages on Criminis. Suppliers are having trouble filling small orders on the less popular variety packs, like wild and exotic mushrooms.
The cilantro market is up this week out of all growing regions. Product out of Oxnard and Central Coast California is up on both 30's and 60's with moderate supply and good demand being reported. Product out of Mexico is up on 60's with moderate supply and good demand being reported. Quality will vary by growing region.
Cucumbers are up slightly this week. Western cucumbers are up slightly across all sizes. Georgia already started harvesting last week, which should help supply in the coming weeks. Georgia quality is very good so far. Western quality is poor due to high temperatures in the growing regions.
Celery market is flat this week. Supplies are good and demand is fair.
Eastern supply is stronger on Zucchini than on yellow squash. Western supply is transitioning, and growers expect to see supply and quality start to improve in the coming weeks.
Lighter supply from Georgia is raising prices slightly on Zucchini this week. Overall, quality is good.
The green bean market is mixed this week. Machine-picked product out of South Florida is up with lighter supply and good demand being reported. Hand-picked product out of Coachella, California is down with lighter supply and good demand being reported. Product out of South Georgia is steady with moderate supply and demand. Imported Haricot Verts are steady with moderate supply and lighter demand being reported. Quality will vary by growing region.
Green bell pepper supply has improved in Mexico and Florida. The Coachella Valley is steady to up right now, as the season is just starting off.
Red pepper supply is light in central Mexico, which is driving the prices up slightly. Demand is good. Quality is very good.
Round prices are back up this week as Eastern supply is very short. North Carolina is expected to start up next week, which should help lower the prices and ease the demand for eastern rounds. Mexican rounds are experiencing a light gap in supply as Nogales is winding down faster than Baja is ramping up. New crop quality is very good.
Eastern volume is expected to remain light until July, and Western volume is also light due to the transition from Nogales to Baja. Quality is generally fair to good.
Eastern supply is light, as growers have harvested less fruit last week to try and meet the shifting demand. Overall quality is great.
Eastern supply is tight, as growers have walked away from old crop. Western supply is very tight, as Nogales supply is winding down faster than Baja is ramping up.
The jumbo carrot market is steady to down this week. Product out of Kern, California and South Georgia is steady with moderate supply, demand and good quality being reported. Product out of Mexico is down with moderate supply, lighter demand and a wide range in quality being reported.
The green onion market is down this week, with product out of Mexico down on medium and large sizing with moderate supply and demand, and fair quality reported.
Cauliflower market is up this week. Supplies are light and demand is moderate.
The asparagus market is down this week out of all growing regions. Product out of Peru is down with lighter supply and demand. Product out of Mexico is down with moderate supply and demand. Product out of Michigan is also down with moderate supply and good demand. Quality will vary by growing region.
Broccoli market is up this week. Supply is light and demand is moderate.
Apples and Pears
All varieties out of Washington are steady with good supply, quality and demand being reported.
The pear market out of Washington remains stable with moderate supply, demand and good quality being reported.
Lemons are up slightly on large-sized (115’s and 140’s) and small-sized (75’s and 95’s) fruit. Quality is good.
Lime prices are down slightly on all sizes, as supplies grow and demand softens from last week. All other sizes are steady from last week. Quality is good.
Valencias have started this week in a slow way and the navel crop is starting to wind down. Prices are up among all sizes of navel fruit through this transition. Quality varies.
Strawberry market out of Santa Maria, California is down this week with good supply and moderate demand.
The grape market is mixed this week, depending on variety and growing region. Red Globes and Black Seedless are steady on all sizes out of Chile. Red Seedless are steady on medium, large, and extra-large, and up on medium-large sizing out of Chile. White Seedless variety is down on large sizing out of Mexico, while Black Seedless and Perlettes are down on all sizes out of Mexico. Lighter supply and good demand are being reported out of Mexico.
Supply is a bit low on 7-ct. pineapples, but the market expects this to change next week.
Banana supply and quality is good. Specialty bananas (24-ct. and IP’s) continue to be in light supply even as demand is low.
Avocados supply has improved from both Mexico and California growing regions. Strong retail demand coupled with good supply is improving pricing. The market is still flooded with #2 product. Quality is good.
Cantaloupe market is flat this week. Domestic supplies are on the lighter side but expected to increase in the coming weeks.
Honeydew market is down this week. Domestic supplies are on the lighter side but expected to increase in the coming weeks.
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