Market Report: Week of 26 June 2017

DRY VEGETABLE MARKET REPORT

June 20, 2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- The South Carolina crop is harvesting at full speed while northern Florida and

southern Georgia wrap up. An abundance of rain in the FL and GA region has resulted in an

earlier than normal end date. Overall quality is holding up better than expected taking into

account the amount of rainfall the growing regions have seen. However, shelf life continues to

remains suspect, therefore, inventories are recommended to stay tight. Good supplies from our

coastal SC farms has resulted in FOB prices for all sizes to fall approximately $3.00 from last

week. Our North Carolina and western South Carolina crop should begin in about 2-3 weeks.

• Romas- Romas continue to be the only tomato commodity to remain tight through next week.

The FOB prices are up a few dollars for medium and large while extra large remain relatively

flat. Quality, like rounds, has held up better than expected. Supplies are not expected to

improve for another few weeks.

• Grapes- Our South Carolina supplies are plentiful. Quality is still good, again, considering the

amount of rainfall.

• Cherries- Demand continues to be weak. FOB prices are up a couple of dollars from last week

and quality is generally good.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- As CA ramps up, temperatures are on the rise as well. The forecast is calling for 100+

degree temperatures over the next week (see forecast on last page). Tender fruit was initially

apparent due to the high temperatures, however, we are currently seeing an overall

improvement recently. We will see if the improvement can hold during the next round of

extreme temperatures. FOB prices have fallen about $6.00 on all sizes in the west.

• Romas- Romas will remain tight for about another week until the CA crop begins. Prices are

generally flat currently, however, are expected to fall once CA is able to harvest and ship.

• Grapes- Baja supplies are plentiful and demand remains weak. This is resulting in FOB prices

to have fallen near suspension agreement minimums.

• Cherries- Although prices are stable, supplies are still very limited out of the western region

due to the few number of growers.

NOTE: All the eastern growing regions continue to experience rain in the form of heavy

afternoon thunderstorms. The weather forecast calls for additional rains this week for all

growing regions. This type of weather almost always causes less than ideal quality and

suspect shelf-life. Therefore, we suggest that dry vegetable inventories be kept as tight as

possible until we work through this product.

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Green Bell Pepper

East- NC crop is in full production. GA crops are presenting lower FOB prices; however, this

directly corresponds to the quality the region is producing. Quality defects are becoming more and

more apparent due to the ample rains. Some eastern suppliers are turning to the west to meet

demand due to the eastern quality imperfections. FOB prices are steady for all sizes with some

downward pressure.

West- FOB prices are slightly down as Bakersfield continues to harvest. Although

temperatures are high in the region, quality is still good at this time.

Red Bell Pepper

West- As previously reported, the western FOB prices are high due to a short supply gap.

Prices are anticipated to remain higher than usual for about another week or so until the supply gap

ends.

Yellow Squash

East- FOB prices are generally steady with slight downward pressures on both grades.

Supplies are available from the GA, SC, and NC regions.

West- Supplies are strong as we head into next week. Quality is good and FOB prices are

down sharply.

Green Squash

East- Supplies are available from GA, SC and NC. Prices are currently down slightly from last

week.

West-. Various regions continue in full production. Quality continues to be good and FOB

prices are down moderately.

Cucumbers

East- GA and NC fields have been hit extremely hard with heavy rains, resulting in some

quality issues and shorter shelf life. FOB prices, despite quality concerns, remain steady. The new NJ

product demands slightly higher prices than the older more southern fields.

West- Demand for Baja supplies remains light. FOB prices are down slightly this week. We

expect supplies to improve which will put additional downward pressure on prices.

Eggplant

East- GA remains as the core supplier. FOB prices are up slightly.

West- Desert supplies are almost finished while Fresno has not started yet. FOB prices are

generally steady, but downward pressure is expected when Fresno starts up.

Jalapenos

East- FOB prices are steady to up slightly with supplies coming from the GA region.

West- Supplies remain slightly limited as we wait for the Santa Maria crop to begin. Prices are

steady as we head into next week.

Beans

East- FOB prices are up again as rain takes a toll on the crop. GA, TN and eastern NC are the

sourcing regions and all have been hit with rains. Supplies are very short.

West- Supplies are still very light going into next week and prices are up once again. Prices

and supplies are not expected to see relief until the end of June.

• Eastern Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

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• Western Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

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Market generally with-in normal ranges and steady from last week for both pricing and quality. Any price changes

can be expected to be $1.50 or less with no major changes in quality. Also, no change in the growing region(s) and no

news that could drastically affect pricing in the future.

Some news included concerning the market that may indicate a moderate change in pricing and/or quality. FOB

pricing is generally up or down between $1.50 and $5.00 from the previous week. It will also be used to indicate news

that may have a drastic impact on the price, quality and/or availability in future weeks (versus the following week). Finally,

this color will also be used to indicate a commodity that continues to be outside the normal range as far as price, quality

and/or availability.

News included that indicates a major change in the market from the previous week as far as pricing, quality and/

or availability. May see price changes, up or down, in excess of $5.00 per case. This color will only be used to indicate a

major change from the previous week.

 Important note: This market report is only a snapshot of the various commodity markets as of the morning of the date of

the report. When we expect a trend to develop, we will express that expectation. However, commodity markets are

subject to actual supply and demand levels and can change quickly due to weather and other unforeseen factors.

Therefore, please be aware that markets may change from the time this report is published and the time prices are set for

the following week. If such changes are dramatic, we will publish a revised market report.

Market Report: Week of 19 June 2017

DRY VEGETABLE MARKET REPORT

June 13, 2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- Eastern tomatoes continue to be sourced from the panhandle of FL, south GA and

the coastal region of SC. Each of the growing regions have received a lot of rain over the past

week with more expected this week, especially in the south GA and FL regions. Quality has

definitely suffered from the rain; however, the quality of tomatoes has held up better than

expected having gone through so much rain. Nevertheless, shelf-life remains suspect and

inventories should be kept as tight as possible. Demand continues to be relatively weak and

FOB prices continue to fall. Expect prices for all sizes to be down around $2 from last week.

Contract pricing for all sizes have fallen below trigger price points and will return to the fixed

contract levels.

• Romas- Romas are the one tomato commodity whose supplies are tight and the market active

and higher. FOB prices are up $4-$6 dollars depending on size. Quality continues to be

variable.

• Grapes- Our SC fields continue to produce improving supplies as demand remains weak. FOB

prices are down moderately. Quality remains generally good but becoming more variable.

• Cherries- Supplies have improved and demand remains weak. FOB prices are down again in

the $4 range this week.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Mature green FOB prices are generally steady on all sizes. A few more CA growers

are starting up in a light way with more scheduled to start harvesting later this week. Demand

remains weak. Vine-ripes continue to cross at Baja but very few are crossing at McAllen and

Nogales is practically finished for the season. Demand for vine-ripes is slow.

• Romas- Crossings at both Baja and McAllen have lightened this week. The weather the past

week in Baja has caused a slowdown in growth and harvesting. FOB prices are up off the floor

from last week by over $5 on XL and large sizes. Mediums have not increased as much. We

expect this price spike to be very temporary as the weather has become more favorable and

normal harvesting should return soon.

• Grapes- Supplies have ramped up at Baja and demand continues to be weak which has

caused FOB prices to fall moderately again this week.

• Cherries- Supplies are not as plentiful this week which has caused FOB prices to increase by a

couple of dollars from last week.

NOTE: All the eastern growing regions continue to experience rain in the form of heavy

afternoon thunderstorms. The weather forecast calls for additional rains this week for all

growing regions. This type of weather almost always causes less than ideal quality and

suspect shelf-life. Therefore, we suggest that dry vegetable inventories be kept as tight as

possible until we work through this product.

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Green Bell Pepper

East- GA continues to be primary producer. FL fields also continue to produce and our eastern

NC fields have just come on-line. The rains have taken a toll on quality. FOB prices have remained

generally steady trading in a narrow range for all sizes and grades.

West- Supplies remain tight but the Bakersfield crop is slowly ramping up. The market remains

active. However, current FOB prices are down slightly from last week.

Red Bell Pepper

West- FOB prices are higher this week and we are expecting an upcoming gap in supplies as

the desert harvest is winding down. This will continue to put upward pressures on prices for the next

week or two.

Yellow Squash

East- Supplies available from GA, SC and NC. FOB prices for both fancy and medium are

higher compared to last week. All three areas have gone through rains and we are concerned about

quality and shelf-life.

West- Supplies have improved. The quality of the Santa Maria product is good. FOB prices

are down from last week.

Green Squash

East- Supplies are available from GA, SC and NC. Prices for both fancy and medium are

down moderately from last week. See note above concerning quality.

West- Various regions continue to harvest green squash. FOB prices are down again this

week.

Cucumbers

East- GA fields continue to produce but the rains and old vines make quality suspect. Our new

fields in NC have begun but they have also been hit with rains. FOB prices for supers are generally

down slightly and the price for selects is currently generally steady from last week.

West- Crossings continue at Baja. For all practical purposes, Nogales is finished for the

season. We are seeing upward pressures on FOB prices. Quality is generally good.

Eggplant

East- GA supplies continue. Prices for fancy are down moderately and are steady to down

slightly for choice.

West- Supplies continue from the desert. FOB prices are generally down slightly again this

week.

Jalapenos

East- Better supplies out of GA. FOB prices are down slightly again this week.

West- Baja crossings continue. Supplies have tightened putting upward pressures on FOB

prices. The Santa Maria crop is about a week away.

Beans

East- GA continues to be the primary growing region. However, quality has become suspect

and variable and supplies are very short. FOB prices are up over $10 from last week.

West- The weather has not cooperated and supplies are very light. FOB prices have not

jumped as much as in the east but are still up around $5 from last week. We expect supplies to

remain light until the end of June.

• Eastern Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

• Western Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

Code to Color Alerts:

Market generally with-in normal ranges and steady from last week for both pricing and quality. Any price changes

can be expected to be $1.50 or less with no major changes in quality. Also, no change in the growing region(s) and no

news that could drastically affect pricing in the future.

Some news included concerning the market that may indicate a moderate change in pricing and/or quality. FOB

pricing is generally up or down between $1.50 and $5.00 from the previous week. It will also be used to indicate news

that may have a drastic impact on the price, quality and/or availability in future weeks (versus the following week). Finally,

this color will also be used to indicate a commodity that continues to be outside the normal range as far as price, quality

and/or availability.

News included that indicates a major change in the market from the previous week as far as pricing, quality and/

or availability. May see price changes, up or down, in excess of $5.00 per case. This color will only be used to indicate a

major change from the previous week.

 Important note: This market report is only a snapshot of the various commodity markets as of the morning of the date of

the report. When we expect a trend to develop, we will express that expectation. However, commodity markets are

subject to actual supply and demand levels and can change quickly due to weather and other unforeseen factors.

Therefore, please be aware that markets may change from the time this report is published and the time prices are set for

the following week. If such changes are dramatic, we will publish a revised market report.

Market Report: Week of 11 June 2017

DRY VEGETABLE MARKET REPORT

Week of June 11,2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- Weak national demand continues to be the single most significant factor affecting the

market for round tomatoes. The weak demand has caused FOB prices to fall by another $2 to

$4 from last week depending on size. The XL size has fallen the most. Rain is expected in all

eastern growing regions today and Wednesday. Our crop in the coastal SC region is just

beginning to produce. Quincy, FL and south GA crops continue. The central FL region

(Palmetto/Ruskin) continues to produce but is getting toward the end. Even with the decrease

in FOB prices, the trigger price points of many contracts remain exceeded and will be in effect

again next week although at correspondingly lower levels. This is especially true for the large

and medium sizes. We forecast that downward pressure will continue on FOB prices. Quality

continues to be generally good.

• Romas- Demand is down and supplies are a little better. FOB prices are down again this week.

Prices are down $1-$3 dollars depending on size with the largest drop on the XL size. Quality

continues to be variable.

• Grapes- Our SC fields continue to produce this week improving supplies as demand remains

weak. FOB prices are down slightly.

• Cherries- Supplies remain tight but demand is weak. FOB prices are down in the $4 range

from last week.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Very light supplies of mature greens continue out of CA an MX while demand is

extremely weak. FOB prices are down $4-$6 from last week. The CA valley fields were

expected to start-up this week but a short cool spell slowed growth and they are now expected

to begin next Thursday. Quality remains variable. Vine-ripes are crossing at Baja with good

demand on the 5x5 and 5x6 sizes.

• Romas- Crossings continue at Baja and McAllen. Prices for all sizes are steady at levels close

to or ate the minimums. The quality of fruit crossing at Baja is generally good.

• Grapes- Supplies have ramped up at Baja and demand continues to be weak which has

caused FOB prices to fall moderately.

• Cherries- Supply and demand have stayed in equilibrium and FOB prices have remained

steady from last week.

NOTE: The eastern growing regions have all experienced rain and some areas have

experienced violent storms. The weather forecast calls for additional rains this week. Though

it has thus far shown-up only to a limited degree, this type of weather almost always causes

less than ideal quality and suspect shelf-life. Therefore, we suggest that dry vegetable

inventories be kept as tight as possible until we work through this product.

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Green Bell Pepper

East- GA continues to be primary producer. FL fields also continue to produce. Our eastern

NC crop should begin within 10 days. Storms and rains have hit both regions and quality is variable.

Supplies are sufficient and FOB prices are currently down from last week.

West- The desert is all but finished. The Bakersfield crop is slow to start-up due to a cooler

than normal spell. Currently, FOB prices are steady to down slightly compared to last week but we

expect upward pressures until the Bakersfield crop gets ramped up.

Red Bell Pepper

West- The desert harvest is winding down and we expect upward pressures on FOB prices as

we wait for the new crops to begin.

Yellow Squash

East- Supplies available from GA, SC and NC. FOB prices for both fancy and medium are

down compared to last week. All three areas have gone through rains and we are concerned about

quality and shelf-life.

West- Supplies remain tight but have eased somewhat. Crossings continue at Nogales but

quality is suspect as the crop comes to an end. The quality of the Santa Maria product is better. FOB

prices are down from last week.

Green Squash

East- Supplies are available from GA, SC and NC. Prices for both fancy and medium are

steady to down slightly. See note above concerning quality.

West- Various regions are now harvesting green squash. This will probably be the last week

for Nogales crossings. Santa Maria and Fresno fields continue to produce. Washington state fields

have started this week. These additional supplies have caused FOB price to drop from last week.

Cucumbers

East- GA fields continue to produce but the rains and old vines make quality suspect. Our new

fields in NC have begun but they have been hit with rain and violent storms. FOB prices for supers

are generally steady and the price for selects is currently down slightly from last week.

West- Better supplies are available from Baja as that region is now ramped up. Nogales still

has a few crossing as that crop comes to an end. FOB prices are down sharply due to the increase in

supplies.

Eggplant

East- More GA supplies are available. Prices are steady with downward pressure but the

search for quality product may put upward pressure on prices for good product.

West- Nogales crossings and the desert continue. FOB prices are generally down slightly from

last week.

Jalapenos

East- Better supplies out of GA. FOB prices are down slightly again this week. Quality is

improving.

West- Baja crossing continue. The Santa Maria crop is about two week away. FOB prices ae

up slightly.

Beans

East- GA continues to be the primary growing region. However, quality has become suspect

and variable. FOB prices are slightly higher.

West- FOB prices are currently up slightly compared to last week. However, we expect more

volume by this weekend out of Brentwood which should put downward pressure on prices.

• Eastern Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

• Western Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

Code to Color Alerts:

Market generally with-in normal ranges and steady from last week for both pricing and quality. Any price changes

can be expected to be $1.50 or less with no major changes in quality. Also, no change in the growing region(s) and no

news that could drastically affect pricing in the future.

Some news included concerning the market that may indicate a moderate change in pricing and/or quality. FOB

pricing is generally up or down between $1.50 and $5.00 from the previous week. It will also be used to indicate news

that may have a drastic impact on the price, quality and/or availability in future weeks (versus the following week). Finally,

this color will also be used to indicate a commodity that continues to be outside the normal range as far as price, quality

and/or availability.

News included that indicates a major change in the market from the previous week as far as pricing, quality and/

or availability. May see price changes, up or down, in excess of $5.00 per case. This color will only be used to indicate a

major change from the previous week.

Important note: This market report is only a snapshot of the various commodity markets as of the morning of the date of

the report. When we expect a trend to develop, we will express that expectation. However, commodity markets are

subject to actual supply and demand levels and can change quickly due to weather and other unforeseen factors.

Therefore, please be aware that markets may change from the time this report is published and the time prices are set for

the following week. If such changes are dramatic, we will publish a revised market report.

Market Report: Week of 5 June 2017

.DRY VEGETABLE MARKET REPORT

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- National demand has fallen off dramatically due to the recent high markets and getting past the holiday

weekend. Supplies are still down but the lack of demand has caused FOB prices to fall this week on all sizes. The

Palmetto/Ruskin (Central) region of FL continues with additional pickings and the fruit from these pickings are on the

smaller size. The Quincy, FL region started harvesting this week in a light way with only the Ex-Large size being

harvested. The FOB price for 5x6s has fallen around $2 and the price for the 6x6 and 6x7s have fallen in the $4 range.

Even with the decrease in FOB prices, the trigger price points of most contracts remain exceeded and will be in effect

again next week although at correspondingly lower levels. We expect our SC crop to begin to produce toward the end of

next week. We look for continued downward pressure on prices. Quality continues to be generally good.

• Romas- Demand is down and supplies are a little better this week. FOB prices are down approximately $4. Quality

continues to be variable.

• Grapes- Our SC fields have started to produce this week improving supplies as demand is weak after the holiday

weekend. FOB prices are down over $10 for the 25# bulk and down over $6 dollars for the 12/1 pt. clamshells. Prices

have fallen below trigger price points for contracts.

• Cherries- Supplies remain tight but demand is down. FOB prices are down slightly from last week.

West/Mexico

• Rounds-The FOB prices for mature greens in the west continue to mirror those in the east. Demand is extremely weak.

Extreme heat in the growing region is causing quality to be only mostly fair with softness being the main issue. Shelf-life

normally becomes suspect with these growing conditions. More volume of the larger sized vine-ripes is crossing at Baja.

Demand is weak for these tomatoes also.

• Romas- Baja crossings continue to get ramped up. Prices for all sizes are trending back toward the minimums. The

quality of fruit crossing at Baja is generally good.

• Grapes- Supplies continue to be tight at Baja but can meet most of the demand from the west. Prices remain generally

steady from last week.

• Cherries- Supplies are a little more plentiful this week and demand is light. FOB prices are down by around $4

compared to last week. More repackers will be able to meet their needs without having to go east next week.

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Green Bell Pepper

East- GA continues to be primary producer. Supplies are sufficient and FOB prices are currently down slightly from last

week.

West- The desert continues to produce but is coming to the end of the crop. Bakersfield should start to produce

sometime next week. FOB prices are generally down slightly this week.

Red Bell Pepper

West- No report available.

Yellow Squash

East- Supplies available primarily from GA. SC also continues. FOB prices for fancy are generally steady while prices are

stronger for the medium.

West- Supplies remain extremely tight this week (almost non-existent) with generally poor quality. FOB prices remain

generally steady at last week’s high levels.

Green Squash

East- Supplies are short and FOB prices are higher for both fancy and medium. GA is primary growing region.

West- Nogales product continues to cross as Santa Maria begins in a light way. FOB prices are steady to down this week.

Cucumbers

East- GA product is winding down and in short supply. Our eastern NC fields are scheduled to begin Thursday of this

week. However, the region was hit with a tornado last night and power has not been yet restored. FOB prices currently are down

from where they were last week but the weather could make for a dicey market as the week continues.

West- Supplies continue to cross at Nogales but should end by the end of the week or early next week. Baja continues to

get ramped up. FOB prices are currently steady with downward pressure.

Eggplant

East- More GA supplies are available. Prices are steady with downward pressure.

West- Nogales crossings and the desert continue. FOB prices are generally down from last week.

Jalapenos

East- Better supplies out of GA. FOB prices are down slightly. Quality is improving.

West- Better supplies have cause FOB prices to fall slightly this week.

Beans

East- GA continues to be the primary growing region. However, quality has become suspect and variable. FOB prices are

slightly higher.

West- FOB prices are down slightly again this week.

• Eastern Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

   

• Western Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

 

Code to Color Alerts:

Market generally with-in normal ranges and steady from last week for both pricing and quality. Any price changes can be expected to be $1.50

or less with no major changes in quality. Also, no change in the growing region(s) and no news that could drastically affect pricing in the future.

Some news included concerning the market that may indicate a moderate change in pricing and/or quality. FOB pricing is generally up or down

between $1.50 and $5.00 from the previous week. It will also be used to indicate news that may have a drastic impact on the price, quality and/or

availability in future weeks (versus the following week). Finally, this color will also be used to indicate a commodity that continues to be outside the normal

range as far as price, quality and/or availability.

News included that indicates a major change in the market from the previous week as far as pricing, quality and/or availability. May see price

changes, up or down, in excess of $5.00 per case. This color will only be used to indicate a major change from the previous week.

Important note: This market report is only a snapshot of the various commodity markets as of the morning of the date of the report. When we expect a

trend to develop, we will express that expectation. However, commodity markets are subject to actual supply and demand levels and can change quickly

due to weather and other unforeseen factors. Therefore, please be aware that markets may change from the time this report is published and the time

prices are set for the following week. If such changes are dramatic, we will publish a revised market report.

Market News: Week of 29 May 2017

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Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- Supplies in the east remain extremely tight. FOB prices continue to get stronger and

are up $2 to $3 on all sizes. Trigger price points of contracts remain exceeded and will be in

effect again next week. We are toward the end of production out of the central FL fields.

Quincy is still on schedule to start harvesting next week and our SC fields should start to

produce sometime over the following weekend (6/3). As we await the new fields to begin, the

tight supplies continue to put slight upward pressures on FOB prices and we are seeing a wide

range in quality. We should begin to see some relief in these high FOB prices (barring a

weather event) when the SC crop gets ramped up during the 1st or 2nd full week of June.

• Romas- Supplies are short again this week. FOB prices are generally steady to slightly higher

compared to last week. We expect a higher market will continue on romas as the higher round

prices put pressure on the roma prices. This will probably continue into June when new

supplies should start up. Quality has become variable.

• Grapes- Supplies are tighter this week and demand is good. FOB prices are up in the $8

range for the 25# bulk and up $2 to $4 dollars for the 12/1 pt. clamshells. Trigger price points

remain exceeded for all contracts.

• Cherries- Supplies remain tight and product is difficult to procure. FOB prices are generally

steady at last week’s prices.

West/Mexico

• Rounds-The FOB prices in the west are mirroring those in the east. However, weak demand is

putting some downward pressures on prices in the west. We are expecting to see increased

crossings at Baja next week. It has been extremely hot in the CA growing region with days well

into the 100s over the weekend. We expect FOB prices to moderate over the next couple of

weeks as more supplies become available. There is enough mature greens in the west to

meet more of the demand which will allow for freight savings in the wet.

• Romas- Baja crossings continue to get ramped up. FOB prices are generally steady from last

week but we expect the prices to fall after next week as more supplies become available and

demand slackens off after the holidays. The quality of fruit crossing at Baja is generally good.

• Grapes- Supplies continue to be tight at Baja but have eased up to the point that more western

repackers can source from here and save on freight costs. Also, FOB costs are lower this

week.

• Cherries- Supplies continue to be tight and FOB prices remain high but more western

repackers are able to meet their supply needs from the west. FOB prices are higher in the

west this week but freight savings will help offset the higher FOB prices.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Heavy rains in the GA growing regions today and tomorrow are making for a dicey

market. FOB prices are currently down from last week but the weather could cause rapid and sudden

fluctuations in FOB prices.

West- Market remains active due to light supplies but price levels are currently close to where

they were last week.

Red Bell Pepper

West- Good volume available. Pricing remains in a narrow range with some downward

pressures.

Yellow Squash

East- Supplies continue out of central FL and GA. FL supplies rapidly winding down. FOB

prices are generally steady on both fancy and medium. Quality is better out of GA.

West- Supplies remain tight this week. FOB prices remain generally steady at last week’s high

levels.

Green Squash

East- FOB prices generally steady. GA is primary growing region.

West- FOB prices are down moderately this week. Santa Maria product will be harvested

soon.

Cucumbers

East- GA is now primary growing region. Prices are generally steady for supers and down

slightly for the select.

West- FOB prices are steady with downward pressure. Baja continues to get ramped up.

Eggplant

East- Supplies remain tight and FOB prices are generally steady with upward pressure.

West- Nogales crossings and the desert continue. We are seeing a wider range of pricing for

product but prices are generally steady from last week for quality product.

Jalapenos

East- Supplies remain tight. FOB prices are generally steady with upward pressure. Quality is

variable.

West- No report

Beans

East- Good supplies out of GA has caused FOB prices to fall slightly again this week.

West- Supplies continue to be tight. Prices remain high but are down $4-$5 dollars from last

week.

• Eastern Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

• Western Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

Code to Color Alerts:

Market generally with-in normal ranges and steady from last week for both pricing and quality. Any price changes

can be expected to be $1.50 or less with no major changes in quality. Also, no change in the growing region(s) and no

news that could drastically affect pricing in the future.

Some news included concerning the market that may indicate a moderate change in pricing and/or quality. FOB

pricing is generally up or down between $1.50 and $5.00 from the previous week. It will also be used to indicate news

that may have a drastic impact on the price, quality and/or availability in future weeks (versus the following week). Finally,

this color will also be used to indicate a commodity that continues to be outside the normal range as far as price, quality

and/or availability.

News included that indicates a major change in the market from the previous week as far as pricing, quality and/

or availability. May see price changes, up or down, in excess of $5.00 per case. This color will only be used to indicate a

major change from the previous week.

Important note: This market report is only a snapshot of the various commodity markets as of the morning of the date of

the report. When we expect a trend to develop, we will express that expectation. However, commodity markets are

subject to actual supply and demand levels and can change quickly due to weather and other unforeseen factors.

Therefore, please be aware that markets may change from the time this report is published and the time prices are set for

the following week. If such changes are dramatic, we will publish a revised market report.

Market News: Week of 18 May 2017

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DRY VEGETABLE MARKET REPORT

May 18, 2017

(Note: See end of report for explanation to the color codes)

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- As we predicted last week, the yields out of the FL fields and the level of quality

supplies from the West this past week would determine the direction and severity of any

movement in the market this week. Unfortunately, yields are down in the east and quality

supplies are not available in the west as the crop transitions to new growing regions. This,

coupled with the fact that the growers planted 20% less acreage in the Palmetto/Ruskin

growing region, has caused supplies to be short of filling demand and has given rise to the

highest FOB markets in over 2 years. Trigger price points of contracts have been exceeded

and will be in effect next week. The good news is this shortage and high markets should be

relatively short-lived as the Quincey crop should be starting up around June 1 and the SC crop

should start within one week after that. The FOB market has jumped $8 or more since last

week on all sizes. Quality continues to be good but not as good as the quality we saw all

winter coming out of the South FL fields. We will keep you posted on market developments,

especially as it affects contracts.

• Romas- Supplies are tight for the same reasons as for the rounds- less acreage planted and

gaps. FOB prices for all sizes are up close to $5. We expect a higher market will continue on

romas for several weeks as the higher round prices put pressure on the roma prices. This will

probably continue into June when new supplies should start up. Quality thus far remains good.

• Grapes- Supplies are tighter and demand is good. FOB prices are up $3 on the 12/1pt grapes

and up $7 on the 20 lb. bulk. Quality remains very good.

• Cherries- Supplies are very tight and product is difficult to procure. FOB prices are up

moderately. Quality is good.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Supplies are gapping in the west. As reported last week, one grower began

harvesting in the desert last week. However, supplies are so light that they go days between

pickings. Crossings of quality product at Nogales is practically nil. Many repackers have had

to go back east to meet demand. FOB prices of vine-ripes crossing at Baja are up for all sizes

and we expect those prices to continue to get stronger.

• Romas- Nogales crossings are at an end. Baja crossings continue to get ramped up but

cannot meet all of demand. FOB prices are up $3 to $5 depending on size. Quality is

generally poor out of Nogales but the quality of fruit crossing at Baja is generally good.

• Grapes- Supplies continue to be tight at Baja and many repackers are having to go east to

meet demand. Grape prices will be considerably higher this week due to the increase in FOB

prices and additional freight.

• Cherries- Supplies continue to be tight and repackers are once again having to go east to meet

demand. FOB prices are up moderately and additional freight will cause prices to rise even

higher this week. Quality is good.

Green Bell Pepper

East- The GA crop has begun. We are seeing lighter yields out of the Plant City fields. Quality

remains variable out of FL. We are seeing some upward pressures on FOB prices.

West- The desert crop is about all that remains. FOB prices have not moved at all or very little

from last week. The price on some sizes and grades are up; others are down. But all within a narrow

range.

Red Bell Pepper

West- No report available this week.

Yellow Squash

East- Supplies continue out of central FL and GA. FOB prices are steady to down slightly on

both fancy and medium. Quality is generally good.

West- Supplies are tight this week as we wait for new crops to start next week. Prices are up

moderately for both fancy and medium.

Green Squash

East- Good quality continues. We are seeing upward pressure on FOB prices.

West- Light crossings continue at Nogales but quality is only fair. Fresno is just starting to

harvest. FOB prices are slightly higher this week.

Cucumbers

East- FL and GA fields continue to produce. We are seeing more quality issues out of the older

FL fields. FOB prices are steady to up slightly.

West- Nogales crossing continue. Baja crossings have started but it will be 7-10 more days

before volume gets completely ramped-up. FOB prices are steady to slightly higher.

Eggplant

East- Supplies remain tight and FOB prices are slightly higher again this week

West- Nogales crossings and the desert continue. Prices are generally steady.

Jalapenos

East- Supplies remain extremely tight with continued upward pressures on FOB prices.

Quality is variable.

West- No report

Beans

East- Good supplies out of GA has caused FOB prices to fall moderately again from last week.

West- Supplies are extremely tight. Nogales is finished for the season. The quality out of the

desert fields is only fair. The northern CA fields will not start producing until the end of the month.

FOB prices are up again this week. Prices will remain high until the new crops start to come in.

• Eastern Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

• Western Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

Code to Color Alerts:

Market generally with-in normal ranges and steady from last week for both pricing and quality. Any price changes

can be expected to be $1.50 or less with no major changes in quality. Also, no change in the growing region(s) and no

news that could drastically affect pricing in the future.

Some news included concerning the market that may indicate a moderate change in pricing and/or quality. FOB

pricing is generally up or down between $1.50 and $5.00 from the previous week. It will also be used to indicate news

that may have a drastic impact on the price, quality and/or availability in future weeks (versus the following week). Finally,

this color will also be used to indicate a commodity that continues to be outside the normal range as far as price, quality

and/or availability.

News included that indicates a major change in the market from the previous week as far as pricing, quality and/

or availability. May see price changes, up or down, in excess of $5.00 per case. This color will only be used to indicate a

major change from the previous week.

Important note: This market report is only a snapshot of the various commodity markets as of the morning of the date of

the report. When we expect a trend to develop, we will express that expectation. However, commodity markets are

subject to actual supply and demand levels and can change quickly due to weather and other unforeseen factors.

Therefore, please be aware that markets may change from the time this report is published and the time prices are set for

the following week. If such changes are dramatic, we will publish a revised market report.

Market News: Week of 8 May 2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- We continue to be in the transition from our southern Florida (Immokalee) fields to

the central Florida fields (Palmetto/Ruskin). Demand continues to be weak and supplies are

good. This situation is putting continued downward pressure on FOB prices for the extra-large

and large sizes. Medium size is tighter and FOB prices are a little higher this week. Quality

continues to be very good and should continue to be very good for the foreseeable future.

• Romas- Demand continues to be weak. FOB prices are slightly lower on extra-large and

medium sizes and steady on the large size. Quality this week is very good.

• Grapes- New and more supplies are causing FOB prices to fall again this week. Prices are down

a couple of dollars for the 12/1 pt. flats. Due to lack of supplies and quality in the west, a large

portion of the country continues to come to FL for supplies. Quality remains very good to

excellent.

• Cherries- FOB prices remain steady this week. Quality remains very good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Partly cloudy to sunny skies for the rest of this week.

Highs each day will be in the mid to upper 80s. Lows at night in the mid-60s. Cloudy with a

good chance of rain early next week. Ruskin, FL: Partly cloudy to sunny into next week with

highs in the mid to upper 80s. Lows will run from the mid-60s.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Demand continues to be light. Crossings continue at Nogales, McAllen and Baja.

FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums. Quality is ok and sizing is on the

small side. We continue to use MX2-layers for the largest sizes and those FOB prices are lower

this week. The California crop should begin around June 10 with one grower. All growers

should be going around the first week of July. Vine ripes from Mexico remain plentiful with

poor demand.

• Romas- Nogales, Baja and McAllen crossings continue. After rising off the minimums for the

past two weeks, prices have returned to or close to minimums. Quality continues to be

variable and only mostly fair.

• Grapes- Quality continues to be suspect and variable this week. We are continuing to see a

wider-than-normal range in FOB prices which correspond to the quality. Many suppliers

continue to go east to find quality product. Prices are down this week.

• Cherries- New crossings from Baja are allowing some repackers this week not to have to go

east to meet demand. Supplies continue to be tight and FOB prices are higher for the new

quality product.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Supplies remain good. Plant City has begun to harvest. FOB prices are steady. Quality is very

good.

West- Fewer supplies currently available but we expect volume to improve during the week. FOB prices

currently are generally steady on XL, higher on the X and steady to lower on the choice. Quality is good.

Red Bell Pepper

West- No report available this week.

Yellow Squash

East- Good supplies continue out of central FL. The south GA crop is also being harvested. FOB prices

are a little lower than they were at this time last week due to the increased supplies. Quality is generally

good.

West- CA desert fields have begun to be harvested but supplies are still generally tight. We are seeing

downward pressure on FOB prices.

Green Squash

East- Good supplies and quality; weak demand. FOB prices remains generally steady on the fancy and

mediums. Prices are down on the large.

West- FOB prices are lower this week on both fancy and mediums. Quality is good.

Cucumbers

East- FL fields continue to produce. FOB prices are generally steady to higher on the supers and select.

Quality is good.

West- Nogales crossing continue. Baja crossings have started. FOB prices are steady to lower compared

to last week.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices are generally lower on the fancy and steady to lower on the choice. Quality is good.

West- Nogales crossings continue and quality is good. FOB prices are down again this week.

Jalapenos

East- FOB prices are slightly lower this week. Quality is good.

West- FOB prices are stronger this week. Quality is good.

Beans

East- FOB prices are lower than they were at this time last week due to steady supplies but weaker

demand due to the holiday pull ending. Quality is good.

West- Supplies are tighter and FOB prices are higher this week. Quality is variable. We look for the

desert fields to begin around the weekend.

 

 

 

Market Trends: Week of 1 May 2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- We continue to be in the transition from our southern Florida (Immokalee) fields to

the central Florida fields (Palmetto/Ruskin). Demand continues to be weak and supplies are

good. This situation is putting continued downward pressure on FOB prices for the extra-large

and large sizes. Medium size is tighter and FOB prices are a little higher this week. Quality

continues to be very good and should continue to be very good for the foreseeable future.

• Romas- Demand continues to be weak. FOB prices are slightly lower on extra-large and

medium sizes and steady on the large size. Quality this week is very good.

• Grapes- New and more supplies are causing FOB prices to fall again this week. Prices are down

a couple of dollars for the 12/1 pt. flats. Due to lack of supplies and quality in the west, a large

portion of the country continues to come to FL for supplies. Quality remains very good to

excellent.

• Cherries- FOB prices remain steady this week. Quality remains very good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Partly cloudy to sunny skies for the rest of this week.

Highs each day will be in the mid to upper 80s. Lows at night in the mid-60s. Cloudy with a

good chance of rain early next week. Ruskin, FL: Partly cloudy to sunny into next week with

highs in the mid to upper 80s. Lows will run from the mid-60s.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Demand continues to be light. Crossings continue at Nogales, McAllen and Baja.

FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums. Quality is ok and sizing is on the

small side. We continue to use MX2-layers for the largest sizes and those FOB prices are lower

this week. The California crop should begin around June 10 with one grower. All growers

should be going around the first week of July. Vine ripes from Mexico remain plentiful with

poor demand.

• Romas- Nogales, Baja and McAllen crossings continue. After rising off the minimums for the

past two weeks, prices have returned to or close to minimums. Quality continues to be

variable and only mostly fair.

• Grapes- Quality continues to be suspect and variable this week. We are continuing to see a

wider-than-normal range in FOB prices which correspond to the quality. Many suppliers

continue to go east to find quality product. Prices are down this week.

• Cherries- New crossings from Baja are allowing some repackers this week not to have to go

east to meet demand. Supplies continue to be tight and FOB prices are higher for the new

quality product.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Supplies remain good. Plant City has begun to harvest. FOB prices are steady. Quality is very

good.

West- Fewer supplies currently available but we expect volume to improve during the week. FOB prices

currently are generally steady on XL, higher on the X and steady to lower on the choice. Quality is good.

Red Bell Pepper

West- No report available this week.

Yellow Squash

East- Good supplies continue out of central FL. The south GA crop is also being harvested. FOB prices

are a little lower than they were at this time last week due to the increased supplies. Quality is generally

good.

West- CA desert fields have begun to be harvested but supplies are still generally tight. We are seeing

downward pressure on FOB prices.

Green Squash

East- Good supplies and quality; weak demand. FOB prices remains generally steady on the fancy and

mediums. Prices are down on the large.

West- FOB prices are lower this week on both fancy and mediums. Quality is good.

Cucumbers

East- FL fields continue to produce. FOB prices are generally steady to higher on the supers and select.

Quality is good.

West- Nogales crossing continue. Baja crossings have started. FOB prices are steady to lower compared

to last week.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices are generally lower on the fancy and steady to lower on the choice. Quality is good.

West- Nogales crossings continue and quality is good. FOB prices are down again this week.

Jalapenos

East- FOB prices are slightly lower this week. Quality is good.

West- FOB prices are stronger this week. Quality is good.

Beans

East- FOB prices are lower than they were at this time last week due to steady supplies but weaker

demand due to the holiday pull ending. Quality is good.

West- Supplies are tighter and FOB prices are higher this week. Quality is variable. We look for the

desert fields to begin around the weekend.

 

 

Market Trends: Week of 24 April 2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- We continue to be in the transition from our southern Florida (Immokalee) fields to

the central Florida fields (Palmetto/Ruskin). Demand continues to be weak and supplies are

good. This situation is putting continued downward pressure on FOB prices for the extra-large

and large sizes. Medium size is tighter and FOB prices are a little higher this week. Quality

continues to be very good and should continue to be very good for the foreseeable future.

• Romas- Demand continues to be weak. FOB prices are slightly lower on extra-large and

medium sizes and steady on the large size. Quality this week is very good.

• Grapes- New and more supplies are causing FOB prices to fall again this week. Prices are down

a couple of dollars for the 12/1 pt. flats. Due to lack of supplies and quality in the west, a large

portion of the country continues to come to FL for supplies. Quality remains very good to

excellent.

• Cherries- FOB prices remain steady this week. Quality remains very good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Partly cloudy to sunny skies for the rest of this week.

Highs each day will be in the mid to upper 80s. Lows at night in the mid-60s. Cloudy with a

good chance of rain early next week. Ruskin, FL: Partly cloudy to sunny into next week with

highs in the mid to upper 80s. Lows will run from the mid-60s.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Demand continues to be light. Crossings continue at Nogales, McAllen and Baja.

FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums. Quality is ok and sizing is on the

small side. We continue to use MX2-layers for the largest sizes and those FOB prices are lower

this week. The California crop should begin around June 10 with one grower. All growers

should be going around the first week of July. Vine ripes from Mexico remain plentiful with

poor demand.

• Romas- Nogales, Baja and McAllen crossings continue. After rising off the minimums for the

past two weeks, prices have returned to or close to minimums. Quality continues to be

variable and only mostly fair.

• Grapes- Quality continues to be suspect and variable this week. We are continuing to see a

wider-than-normal range in FOB prices which correspond to the quality. Many suppliers

continue to go east to find quality product. Prices are down this week.

• Cherries- New crossings from Baja are allowing some repackers this week not to have to go

east to meet demand. Supplies continue to be tight and FOB prices are higher for the new

quality product.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Supplies remain good. Plant City has begun to harvest. FOB prices are steady. Quality is very

good.

West- Fewer supplies currently available but we expect volume to improve during the week. FOB prices

currently are generally steady on XL, higher on the X and steady to lower on the choice. Quality is good.

Red Bell Pepper

West- No report available this week.

Yellow Squash

East- Good supplies continue out of central FL. The south GA crop is also being harvested. FOB prices

are a little lower than they were at this time last week due to the increased supplies. Quality is generally

good.

West- CA desert fields have begun to be harvested but supplies are still generally tight. We are seeing

downward pressure on FOB prices.

Green Squash

East- Good supplies and quality; weak demand. FOB prices remains generally steady on the fancy and

mediums. Prices are down on the large.

West- FOB prices are lower this week on both fancy and mediums. Quality is good.

Cucumbers

East- FL fields continue to produce. FOB prices are generally steady to higher on the supers and select.

Quality is good.

West- Nogales crossing continue. Baja crossings have started. FOB prices are steady to lower compared

to last week.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices are generally lower on the fancy and steady to lower on the choice. Quality is good.

West- Nogales crossings continue and quality is good. FOB prices are down again this week.

Jalapenos

East- FOB prices are slightly lower this week. Quality is good.

West- FOB prices are stronger this week. Quality is good.

Beans

East- FOB prices are lower than they were at this time last week due to steady supplies but weaker

demand due to the holiday pull ending. Quality is good.

West- Supplies are tighter and FOB prices are higher this week. Quality is variable. We look for the

desert fields to begin around the weekend.

 

Market Trends: Week of 17 April 2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- We continue to be in the gradual transition from our southern Florida (Immokalee) fields to the central Florida

fields (Palmetto/Ruskin). Another central Florida grower started harvesting today and another is scheduled to begin

around this weekend. Demand continues to be weak and supplies are good. This situation is putting downward pressure

on FOB prices for the extra-large and large sizes. FOB prices remain steady on the medium size. Quality continues to be

very good and should continue to be very good for the foreseeable future.

• Romas- Medium sized romas are tight this week. FOB prices are up on all sizes by around $3. Quality this week is very

good.

• Grapes- New and more supplies are causing FOB prices to fall this week. Prices are down around $1 for the 12/1 pt. flats.

Due to lack of supplies and quality in the west, a large portion of the country continues to come to FL for supplies. Quality

remains very good to excellent.

• Cherries- Due to poor quality and supplies in the west, demand remains good in Florida. FOB prices are steady with

upward pressure this week. Quality remains very good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Cloudy with a chance of showers tomorrow. After tomorrow, partly cloudy into next

week. Highs each day will be in the mid to upper 80s. Lows at night in the mid-60s. Ruskin, FL: Partly cloudy into next

week with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Lows will run from the low to mid 60s.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Demand continues to be light. Crossings continue at Nogales, McAllen and Baja. FOB prices remain at

Suspension Agreement minimums. Quality is ok and sizing is on the small side. We are using MX2-layers for the largest

sizes. The California crop should begin around June 10 with one grower. All growers should be going around the first week

of July. Vine ripes from Mexico remain plentiful with poor demand. Prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums

except for the largest sizes which is seeing upward pressures due to tighter suppliers.

• Romas- Nogales, Baja and McAllen crossings continue. FOB prices are off the minimums for the first time this winter and

spring due to lighter yields and increased holiday demand. Quality continues to be variable and only mostly fair.

• Grapes- Quality is variable and only fair at best on any available grapes. Repackers are going east for supplies and

quality product.

• Cherries- Quality continues to be suspect and variable this week. We are continuing to see a wider-than-normal range in

FOB prices which correspond to the quality. Many suppliers continue to go east to find quality product.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Good supply. FOB prices are currently steady but we expect higher prices as supplies are tighter and demand is

stronger. We expect the market to continue to be active until the CA crop begins with adequate volume which we expect

to be the week of 4/23. Quality is good.

West- Good supplies continue. FOB prices are generally down. Sizing is on the smaller side. Quality is generally good.

Red Bell Pepper

West- Downward pressures on FOB prices. Quality is good.

Yellow Squash

East- Good supplies continue out of central FL. The south GA crop has started to be harvested. FOB prices are a little

stronger than they were at this time last week but we expect downward pressures as we head into the weekend. Quality

continues to improve.

West- CA desert fields have begun to be harvested. FOB prices are generally steady on the medium and down on the fancy

grade.

Green Squash

East- Good supplies and quality. FOB prices remains generally steady on the fancy and mediums. Prices are down on the

large.

West- FOB prices remain in a narrow trading range in the west. Quality is generally good.

Cucumbers

East- Supplies continue to ramp-up from FL fields. FOB prices are generally steady on the supers and continue to drop on

the select. Quality is good.

West- Nogales crossing continue. Baja crossings have started. Better supplies have caused FOB prices to fall from last

week.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices are generally steady on the fancy and lower on the choice. Quality is good.

West- Nogales crossings continue and quality is good. FOB prices are down this week.

Jalapenos

East- FOB prices are slightly higher this week. Quality is generally good.

West- No report this week.

Beans

East- Supplies and demand continue to be good. FOB prices are higher than they were at this time last week but we expect

prices to fall as we continue into the week. Quality is good.

West- FOB prices are higher this week. Quality is variable. MX fields should be finishing up by the end of April.