Market Report

Market Alerts

SEVERE WEATHER ALERT– Unseasonably cold temperatures and heavy rains continue to affect many crops grown in California and Yuma AZ. Quality and availability of products impacted include Strawberries, Iceberg, Romaine, Celery, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and organic Kale.
GRAPES– Supplies continue to be limited, pricing is slightly higher than normal and quality is fair. Red Grapes are a better cost and quality option than Green this week.
STRAWBERRIES – Poor growing conditions in California continue to create quality issues for most Strawberries in the market. Pricing is stable, due to lower demand after Valentine’s Day, however good quality product is very scarce. 
BRUSSELS SPROUTS - Quality is poor and sizing is small, due to the cold and rainy growing conditions in Yuma AZ. Pricing is higher than normal.
CELERY – Pricing remains very high on both bulk and pre-cut Celery, also due light supplies from the cold, wet conditions in Yuma. Quality is fair to good. Organic product is also affected. 
CAULIFLOWER- The cold, wet conditions in Yuma AZ have tightened supplies of Cauliflower Heads and Florets. Pricing is higher than normal and quality is fair to good, with some bruising and yellowing reported.

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Pineapples – Quality is very good out of Central America.
Pears – Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou pears are excellent quality out of Washington and California.
Blueberries – Quality is terrific on South American imported fruit.
Avocados – Quality is excellent and pricing is lower than in recent months. Fully ripened product is plentiful.
Specialty Citrus – Winter Citrus is in season– Sumo Citrus, Minneola Tangelo, Cara Cara, Blood Oranges and more are available. Ask your sales rep for recommendations!
Asparagus – Asparagus pricing and quality are very good.
Specialty Potatoes – Quality is great on all Colored, Fingerling and Yukon Potatoes.
Squash – Green (Zucchini) and Yellow Squash are great quality in all sizes.
Colored Bell Peppers – Mexico’s harvest of Red, Yellow and Orange Bells is all very good quality.

Weather Update

California: Cold temperatures, heavy rain and strong wind in the central and southern growing regions early
in the week.
Yuma, AZ: Cold temperatures, light rains and possible overnight plant icing.
Mexico: Dry conditions and seasonal temperatures throughout most growing regions.
Florida: Colder temps and light rain early in the week, followed by warmer, drier conditions.

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Commodities at a Glance

Apples: Quality is good, 125 CT and smaller sizes are less available

Asparagus: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Avocado: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Bell Peppers: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Blackberries) : Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Blueberries): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Raspberries): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Berries (Strawberries): Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Broccoli: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is poor to fair, pricing is higher

Carrots: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cauliflower: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Celery: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Citrus (Lemons): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Citrus (Limes): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Citrus (Oranges): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cucumbers: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Eggplant: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Garlic: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Grapes (Green): Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Grapes (Red): Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Green Onions: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Kale: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

Lettuce Iceberg: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Lettuce Leaf: Quality is fair, pricing is steady. Green/Red leaf pricing is higher

Lettuce Leaf (Tender): Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Melon (Cantaloupe): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (Honeydew): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Melon (Watermelon): Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pears: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pineapples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Potatoes: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Potatoes (Colored): Quality is good, pricing is steady

Squash: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Tomatoes: Quality is good, pricing is steady