Market Report

Market Alerts

Avocados – The prolonged shortage of product out of Mexico continues to keep pricing high. Quality is good on what product is available. Supplies are expected to drop even further at the end of July, when California’s harvest is finished.
Lettuce – Conditions are slowly improving on most lettuces. Quality is good, with pricing higher than normal, particularly on Iceberg and Romaine Hearts. 
Red Bell Peppers – Supplies are improving, with pricing slightly higher than normal on premium grades/sizes.
Asparagus – Supplies of larger sizes of Asparagus are tight, due to dry conditions and slow harvests out of Mexico. Quality is good, but pricing is higher than normal. Domestic supply is done for the season.
Cucumbers – Pricing is up this week on field-grown Cucumbers, largely demand-driven, but in part due to slower harvests in mainland Mexico and Baja California. Quality is good.

Strawberries: Quality is still fair at best due to overly warm temperatures in growing regions. Overripe and bruised product has been reported. Quality is expected to improve in 1-2 weeks. 

A Peek at Peak Seasons

Locally Grown – The local growing season for most of the U.S. is heating up. Be sure to ask your sales rep for recommendations!
Tomatoes – The summer growing season is in full swing. Locally grown product is available.
Stone Fruit – Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and Plums are all available and great quality.
Kale – Quality is very nice, with full bunches and vibrant color reported.
Blueberries – Michigan, New Jersey and the Pacific Northwest are all harvesting great quality berries.
Watermelon – It’s also peak season for seeded and seedless melons.

Weather Update

California: Temperatures cooling to slightly below average at the beginning of the week, with coastal
fog and drizzle.
Mexico: Seasonal temperatures and scattered thunderstorms throughout most growing regions.
Southeastern U.S.: Seasonal temperatures and precipitation throughout most growing regions.

Ohio: Thunderstorms expected early in the week, followed by sun and hot temperatures. Expect short-term effects from the recent extreme heat.   

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Commodities at a Glance

Apples: Quality is good, 125 CT and smaller sizes will be less available through summer

Asparagus: Quality is good, pricing is higher

Avocado: Quality is good, pricing is extremely high

Bell Peppers: Quality is good, pricing is higher on Red Bells

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 steady

Brussels Sprouts: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Carrots: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Cauliflower: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Celery: Quality is good, pricing is lower

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

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

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

Cucumbers: Quality is good, pricing is higher

Eggplant: Quality is fair to good, pricing is higher

Garlic: Quality is fair, pricing is higher

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

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

Green Onions: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Kale: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Lettuce Iceberg: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

Lettuce Leaf: Quality is fair, pricing is steady

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

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

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

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

Onions: Quality is good, pricing is higher

Pears: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Pineapples: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Potatoes: Quality is good, pricing is higher on larger sizes

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

Squash: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Stone Fruit: Quality is good, pricing is steady

Tomatoes: Quality is good, pricing is steady