Week 39 2023 market update:
Citrus: As the summer citrus deal winds down we are looking forward to the California citrus season beginning in the next month. Growers are reporting the crop is two weeks behind schedule and it appears that there may be a clementine gap the second or third week of November. It also appears that the harvest is going to begin the week of 11/13… if there is a delay from those estimates, product will not be available before Thanksgiving this year.
Blueberries: Last week Peru was hit with more wind and rain the southern growing regions making an already tough season tougher. Markets continue to rise and are extremely high and tight. Peru is really struggling to fill the pipeline with retail quality product. We now expect continued struggle for the next six to eight weeks.
Strawberries: PLEASE REDUCE DISPLAY SPACE! Many stores still appear to be ordering for large displays. We have passed the peak of the season and stores should be limiting allocation, only displaying under refrigeration, and order for quick turns. Production in California’s central coast region will continue until mid-October but the fruit is not strong as plants have been harvesting for months. The Summer/Fall crop always tends to be opportunistic and this year the rains at the beginning of the spring certainly have caused some production challenges. We are seeing grower prorations and elevated markets. We expect this to last for the rest of the season and it will be necessary to prorate store orders. Product is not available in secondary markets as quality is a challenge.
Minneola: The import season came to an abrupt ending last week as diminished quality and shelf-life concerns halted packing for the import season. California minneolas will be available in January.
Apples: Honey Crisp, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red and Golden delicious, and Macintosh have all begun to be harvested. 2023 full variety will be available in the next two weeks.
California: Hurricane Hillary impacts becoming more apparent:. No change on this update at this point. The grape harvest is ongoing and we will have more information In the upcoming weeks:
California’s Central valley where grapes, carrots, mini potatoes, and stone fruit are being harvested received several inches of rain from Hurricane Hilary in August. Growers are reporting more extensive damage to the grape crop than initially appeared.
Grapes: The California table grape commission has estimated the crop damage at 25 million cartons or 25% of the total crop. However, some of California’s largest grape growers have reported that number to be “conservative” and felt the total loss could be closer to 50%. Regardless, the level of loss will bring a very early exit to the season. We are currently seeing markets rising and are expecting extreme supply shorts to cause extreme price levels in the upcoming months. All varieties and brands have been impacted.
Cantaloupe and Honeydew: Supplies are tight and markets remain high. Product loss from the hurricane will challenge supplies until the offshore deal begins in November.
Florida and Eastern States: Hurricane Idalia: Growers remain optimistic, it appears that between 10-15% of the pepper, cabbage, yellow squash, and zucchini in Georgia were affected by the storm. This should have a relatively minor impact on the overall market.
Broccoli: Purpling in Broccoli and other vegetables is NOT A QUALITY DEFECT. Purpling in broccoli, garlic, Artichokes, spinach, lettuces and cauliflower is caused by a naturally occurring pigmentation called anthocyanin… Anthocyanins are natural pigments that give plants their red, purple, and blue colors. They belong to a group of chemicals called flavonoids and have many health benefits.
Blackberries and Raspberries: Raspberry and Blackberry supply is improving. We expect to have promotable supplies in the next couple weeks. We should see good supply and quality for the next three months out of Mexico.
Potatoes: New crop Idaho potatoes are in the “sweat” period which will last into October… It is common to see moisture in russet potatoes this is not a defect or spoilage it is the naturally occurring process of “sweating” and very typical of new crop potatoes.
Onions: Northwest onions have begun harvest supplies will improve over the next week.
Pears: New crop Washington Bartlett and Red Pears are in stores.
Corn: Finishing up in New York should be available for the next week.
Tomato: Supplies are flush… growers appear to be backed up as gardens and local deals are also in full harvest.
Colored Pepper: Markets have stabilized, supply is improving. We expect a steady improvement over the next two weeks.
Zucchini and Yellow squash: Rains in the growing areas have made for inconsistent quality and supply.
Cabbage: Good supply from New York.
Cucumber: Good supply and quality.
Pepper: Good quality and supply.
Avocados: Mexican supplies have improved should see better supply in the next month.