Weekly Produce Update 5 – 8

Author: Marvale Jones

Date: May 8, 2017



Apples/Pears: We still have decent supplies of Michigan apples. Some varieties are starting to dwindle such as Braeburns and Golden Delicious. Ida Red are done for the season. We still have supplies of Mac’s/Gala/ Red Delicious/Fuji/Jonagold. The markets are good as demand for Quality Michigan apples is strong.

Berries: There is a split market on strawberries. There are some cheap berries being quoted out of the Oxnard region. Quality of these berries is deemed to be less desirable. The fruit is showing smaller size and substantial bruising. The preferred areas for berries at this time would be Santa Maria or Salinas . Increased demand for Mothers Day has strengthened the Market on quality fruit from these regions. We anticipate adequate supplies and quality should be very good heading into Mother’s Day.

Raspberries/Blackberries/Blueberries: Raspberries remain in short supply and the market is strong. Blackberries are showing signs of weakening after recovering from some inclement weather which included some hail in the growing areas. Blueberries are tightening in supply as Florida supplies start to dwindle. Georgia was severely affected by the freeze of a month ago, causing substantial damage to the crop there. Quality has been good.

Citrus: We have transitioned to western grapefruit. Quality appears good at this point. The navel orange market continues to rise as we near the end of navel season. Reports from Sunkist are the we will be lucky to have navels to the end of May. Look for markets to continue to climb until then as we start to wind down on the navel crop. Lemons are continuing their annual push to higher levels as demand starts to increase with the weather change and storage supplies are being managed to extend the crop. Small fruit 115’s and smaller are the tightest in supply.

Grapes/Stone Fruit: We hope to have some new crop green seedless grapes possibly mid week. These would be primarily Early Sweet or Perlettes. We will continue to handle Chilean red seedless, black seedless, and red globes. New crop California stone fruit is right around the corner. We should see availability on early peaches and apricots and possibly cherries possibly this week as well.

Melons: We should have offshore cantaloupe and honeydew into at late May. Quality has been very nice. Look for the cantaloupe market to get a little stronger over the next couple of weeks as we finish the season. We are expecting a few Athena Cantaloupe from Florida again this week. Cool weather has slowed the sizing of the fruit which caused the disruption in the supply. Sizing has been mostly small yet, but we hope to have some 120 Ct. bin. Carton Athena melons should also be available as more shippers get going.

Watermelon: We are seeing more supplies of Florida fruit. The market is weak at the moment as weather across the country has been cool and demand has been light. We expect the market to tighten up again as we approach the Memorial Day holiday pull.


Avocados: Unprecedented demand continues to keep the avocado market strong. Supplies remain light but with Cinco De Mayo pull now over, the markets have softened just a little.

Pineapple: The market is mostly stable. Supplies are adequate.

Kiwi: Supplies remain tight and market is firm.

Mangos: Multiple producing countries have the market somewhat depressed. Plenty of supplies on most sizes.

Bananas: Supplies are a little tight and will continue for 2-3 weeks as recent demand has been heavier than anticipated.


Lettuces: Romaine, Leaf lettuces supply is increasing, market correction continues markets falling
Head lettuce production is still light but improving weather conditions should ease the current gap late next week.

Broccoli: Supplies tighten once again market is trending back up after a week or two of falling market.

Carrots: Stable.

Celery: Market is tight Oxnard seeders are a concern in product growing area Salinas to start in June.

Mexican Tomatoes: Still in good supply market beginning to tighten as we getting closer to the end of season prices still very reasonable.

Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Both SE and Mexican available we will stay with Mexican as long as possible.


TOV’s and Beef Tomatoes: Market tighten up with cool temps and lack of sunshine the past 10 days.

Colored Pepper: Some greening supplies tighter with overcast weather slowing growth.

Seedless Cucumbers: The time to promote is now.

Herbs: Organic bulk herbs took a significant increase in price as some growers exited the market leading to diminished supplies.


Dole and Fresh Express: Both continue to experience raw material shortages, expect shortages / prorates. Fresh Express will be suspending production of 5 SKU’s until May 15th. #49023, #56093, #56139, #56137, #56106.

Pricing on Idaho counts continues to creep higher, retail packs continue to be a good buy. Quality continues to be a challenge and is good, but not excellent. The fall crop did not store well over the winter, due to wet weather during harvest and abnormally low temps over the winter. Local potatoes will likely be finished up by mid to late June.

Storage supplies are done and all current supplies are new crop from various regions in the southwest and west. Quality is very good.

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