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.

 

Market Trends: Week of 3 April 2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- We are entering into the spring gradual transition from our southern Florida

(Immokalee) fields to the central Florida fields (Palmetto/Ruskin). We reported last week that

sizing was toward the minimum side of specs and we expect this to continue during this

transition which will run for about three weeks. This will place a premium price on the larger

sized tomatoes. As is typical, yields are decreased in the older fields. As we move forward

through April, we expect yields to remain lower than they have been all winter due to less

acreage being planted for spring harvesting and some damage that has already occurred in

the new fields due to a freeze. FOB prices are up a couple of dollars for the larger sizes and less

than that for the smaller sizes. Quality remains very good and should remain very good for at

least the next couple of weeks.

• Romas- FOB prices are steady for the large and medium sizes and up slightly for the extra-large

size. Quality this week is very good.

• Grapes- FOB prices are up substantially this week as supplies are having trouble keeping up

with demand. This is the first week this has occurred all winter. Quality remains very good to

excellent.

• Cherries- FOB prices are higher for cherries also. Prices have risen in the four dollar range from

last week. Quality is generally very good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Mostly sunny with highs near 90 through the weekend.

There is only a slight chance of showers each day.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Demand continues to be light. Good volume continues to cross at Nogales but we

continue to see signs of a slight seasonal slowdown. Crossings also continue at McAllen. FOB

prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums. Quality and sizing continue to improve.

We expect Mexican fields to continue for about five more weeks. The California crop should

begin around June 10 with one grower. All growers should be going around the first week of

July. Wetter than normal conditions delayed some growers from their normal planting

schedule. Vine ripes from Mexico remain plentiful with poor demand. Prices remain at

Suspension Agreement minimums.

• Romas- Nogales and McAllen crossings continue. Baja crossing should start next week. FOB

prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums for all sizes. Quality continues to be

variable but has improved.

• Grapes- Crossings primarily at Nogales. Quality is variable. Like in the east, prices are up

substantially over last week.

• 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. Overall, repackers are

having to pay higher FOB prices again this week for quality product.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Generally good supply. FOB prices are steady with slight downward pressure this week on all sizes

and grades. Quality is good.

West- Good supplies continue. FOB prices are steady to down slightly. Quality is generally good.

Red Bell Pepper

West- Supplies of field reds are tighter this week putting upward pressure on FOB prices. Quality is

generally good.

Yellow Squash

East- New supplies have caused FOB prices to drop again this week. We have begun to harvest fields in

Plant City. Quality continues to improve but winds have caused some scarring.

West- Increased supplies have also caused FOB prices to fall in the west. We expect the desert fields to

begin to be harvested starting next week.

Green Squash

East- Like the yellow, new fields have increased supply and quality. FOB prices are down again this

week.

West- FOB prices are also down in the west. Quality continues to improve.

Cucumbers

East- FOB prices are steady but we expect downward pressures as more volume is getting ramped up

from new Florida fields. Quality is good.

West- Nogales crossing continue. Baja crossings have started. The market remains active with FOB

prices generally steady to slightly higher from last week.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices for fancy are steady while the prices for choice are generally steady to down. Quality is

generally good.

West- Nogales crossings continue and quality is good.

Jalapenos

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

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

Beans

East- Supplies are up sharply causing a large drop in FOB prices this week. Yields are excellent and we

expect few changes through the third week of April.

West- Supplies remain tight in the west. This is causing FOB prices to remain generally steady but with

upward pressures. Quality is variable.

 

Market Trends: Week of 27 March 2017

Note: Last week we reported that the quality of most dry vegetable commodities had suffered due to the
rains and high winds of previous weeks. Quality has improved for some commodities this week but is
still suspect and variable for others. Details, by commodity, are given below.

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- Quality has improved this week with the only issue we see is some occasional

softness. Overall, quality is very good to excellent. Demand still has not picked up as it

normally does this time of the year. Mexico continues to dictate market prices. FOB prices are

down this week for all sizes. If demand does not pick up and if we do not experience a weather

event, we expect prices to remain low for at least the next 3 to 4 weeks.

• Romas- FOB prices for romas also continue to trade within a narrow range and Mexico is

dictating this market also. FOB prices are generally steady with downward pressure this week.

We expect FOB prices to remain low and to trade within a narrow range. Like the rounds,

quality has improved this week and is very good to excellent.

• Grapes- Ample supplies are causing FOB prices to remain at rock-bottom levels. Quality is

variable but is generally very good.

• Cherries- FOB prices have fallen a couple of dollars again this week. Quality is better and is

generally very good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Mostly sunny skies into next week with little chance of rain.

Cool through Thursday and then warming near 80 over the weekend.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Demand continues to be light. Good volume continues to cross at Nogales but we

continue to see signs of a slight seasonal slowdown. Sizing is down. Crossings also continue

at McAllen. FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums. Quality continues to be

suspect and variable but we are seeing some signs of improvement. We expect the round

tomato market pricing to remain stable for the next several weeks.

• Romas- Nogales and McAllen crossings continue. FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement

minimums for all sizes. Quality is variable.

• Grapes- Crossings primarily at Nogales. Quality is variable. Prices remain generally at

Suspension Agreement minimums.

• Cherries- Quality is suspect and variable this week. We are continuing to see a wider-thannormal

range in FOB prices which correspond to the quality. Overall, repackers are having to

pay higher FOB prices for quality product.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Quality continues to be variable but overall quality is a little better this week. FOB prices are

currently lower compared to last week.

West- FOB prices are generally steady and trading within a narrow range. The desert fields will be

starting soon.

Yellow Squash

East- Supplies and yields are still light due to pollination issues. However, a few more supplies are

currently available compared to last week and we forecast that supplies will continue to slowly increase

into next week. We continue to see a wider-than-normal variance in FOB pricing with the better quality

product demanding the higher prices. Compared to last week, FOB prices are lower. Quality overall is

slightly better as we get further removed from the adverse winds and rains of several weeks ago.

West- Quality remains fair this week. Supplies remain light but more supplies should be available soon

as we get into new desert fields. FOB prices will remain high until the new fields begin to produce.

Compared to last week FOB prices are steady to lower this week.

Green Squash

East- Supplies continue to be tight and we do not see the potential increase in supplies in the near

future as we do for the yellow squash. FOB prices remain high with some downward pressures. Quality

continues to be variable but is improving.

West- Quality remains variable. Slightly more supply is causing downward pressures on FOB prices.

Crossings primarily at Nogales.

Cucumbers

East- Off-shore supplies still available and should continue for another 7-10 days. Quality is variable

and suspect as we come toward the end of the crop. The spring FL domestic crop continues to ramp up

and more supplies are available. The quality of the domestic product is better and is bringing a

premium FOB price compared to the off-shore product. The price for off-shore product has fallen from

last week whereas the prices for the higher quality domestic product has remained generally steady.

West- Nogales crossing continue. Baja crossings have begun in a light way but we do not expect those

crossings to get fully ramped up until the first of April. The market remains active with FOB prices

generally steady to lower from last week. Quality is variable.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices are generally steady with downward pressures. Still seeing some scarring but quality

overall is better.

West- FOB prices are generally steady this week with slight upward pressure. Nogales crossings

continue and quality is good.

Jalapenos

East- FOB prices are steady this week. Supplies are a little stronger which should begin to put some

downward pressures on FOB prices.

West- FOB prices are down this week.

Beans

East- The market is currently steady from last week. We are expecting more supplies into the week

which should put downward pressures on FOB prices Quality remains good.

West- Acreage and yields are down causing a shortage in supplies. This continues to put upward

pressures on FOB prices. Quality remains suspect.

 

 

Market Trends: Week of 20 March 2017

Note: Last week we reported that the quality of most dry vegetable commodities had suffered due to the
rains and high winds of previous weeks. Quality has improved for some commodities this week but is
still suspect and variable for others. Details, by commodity, are given below.
Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- Quality has improved this week with the only issue we see is some occasional

softness. Overall, quality is very good to excellent. Demand still has not picked up as it

normally does this time of the year. Mexico continues to dictate market prices. FOB prices are

down this week for all sizes. If demand does not pick up and if we do not experience a weather

event, we expect prices to remain low for at least the next 3 to 4 weeks.

• Romas- FOB prices for romas also continue to trade within a narrow range and Mexico is

dictating this market also. FOB prices are generally steady with downward pressure this week.

We expect FOB prices to remain low and to trade within a narrow range. Like the rounds,

quality has improved this week and is very good to excellent.

• Grapes- Ample supplies are causing FOB prices to remain at rock-bottom levels. Quality is

variable but is generally very good.

• Cherries- FOB prices have fallen a couple of dollars again this week. Quality is better and is

generally very good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Mostly sunny skies into next week with little chance of rain.

Cool through Thursday and then warming near 80 over the weekend.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Demand continues to be light. Good volume continues to cross at Nogales but we

continue to see signs of a slight seasonal slowdown. Sizing is down. Crossings also continue

at McAllen. FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums. Quality continues to be

suspect and variable but we are seeing some signs of improvement. We expect the round

tomato market pricing to remain stable for the next several weeks.

• Romas- Nogales and McAllen crossings continue. FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement

minimums for all sizes. Quality is variable.

• Grapes- Crossings primarily at Nogales. Quality is variable. Prices remain generally at

Suspension Agreement minimums.

• Cherries- Quality is suspect and variable this week. We are continuing to see a wider-thannormal

range in FOB prices which correspond to the quality. Overall, repackers are having to

pay higher FOB prices for quality product.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Quality continues to be variable but overall quality is a little better this week. FOB prices are

currently lower compared to last week.

West- FOB prices are generally steady and trading within a narrow range. The desert fields will be

starting soon.

Yellow Squash

East- Supplies and yields are still light due to pollination issues. However, a few more supplies are

currently available compared to last week and we forecast that supplies will continue to slowly increase

into next week. We continue to see a wider-than-normal variance in FOB pricing with the better quality

product demanding the higher prices. Compared to last week, FOB prices are lower. Quality overall is

slightly better as we get further removed from the adverse winds and rains of several weeks ago.

West- Quality remains fair this week. Supplies remain light but more supplies should be available soon

as we get into new desert fields. FOB prices will remain high until the new fields begin to produce.

Compared to last week FOB prices are steady to lower this week.

Green Squash

East- Supplies continue to be tight and we do not see the potential increase in supplies in the near

future as we do for the yellow squash. FOB prices remain high with some downward pressures. Quality

continues to be variable but is improving.

West- Quality remains variable. Slightly more supply is causing downward pressures on FOB prices.

Crossings primarily at Nogales.

Cucumbers

East- Off-shore supplies still available and should continue for another 7-10 days. Quality is variable

and suspect as we come toward the end of the crop. The spring FL domestic crop continues to ramp up

and more supplies are available. The quality of the domestic product is better and is bringing a

premium FOB price compared to the off-shore product. The price for off-shore product has fallen from

last week whereas the prices for the higher quality domestic product has remained generally steady.

West- Nogales crossing continue. Baja crossings have begun in a light way but we do not expect those

crossings to get fully ramped up until the first of April. The market remains active with FOB prices

generally steady to lower from last week. Quality is variable.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices are generally steady with downward pressures. Still seeing some scarring but quality

overall is better.

West- FOB prices are generally steady this week with slight upward pressure. Nogales crossings

continue and quality is good.

Jalapenos

East- FOB prices are steady this week. Supplies are a little stronger which should begin to put some

downward pressures on FOB prices.

West- FOB prices are down this week.

Beans

East- The market is currently steady from last week. We are expecting more supplies into the week

which should put downward pressures on FOB prices Quality remains good.

West- Acreage and yields are down causing a shortage in supplies. This continues to put upward

pressures on FOB prices. Quality remains suspect.

 

Market Trends: Week of 13 March 2017

Note: The quality of all dry vegetables this winter has been very good to excellent.

However, quality has become much more variable this week and for some commodities

is only fair at best. This is true for product from both Florida and Mexico. Both growing

regions have experienced rains and the east has experienced high winds for an

extended amount of time. The quality of the fruit that was maturing on the vines during

these weather events has suffered. We expect the quality on most commodities to be

variable for the next 10-14 days. Details, by commodity, are given below.

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- Sizing this week is running on the minimum side of specs. Quality is much

more variable and is down compared to where it has been all winter. Demand has not

picked up as it normally does this time of the year. Mexico continues to dictate market

prices. FOB prices are trading in a wider range this week due to the variableness in

quality. Expect prices to remain generally steady for quality fruit. If demand does not

pick up and if we do not experience a weather event, we expect prices to remain

relatively low for at least the next week or so.

• Romas- FOB prices for romas also continue to trade within a narrow range and

Mexico is dictating this market also. FOB prices are up this week on all sizes but

remain at low levels. We expect FOB prices to remain low and to trade within a

narrow range. Like the rounds, quality has suffered this week due primarily due to

high winds.

• Grapes- Ample supplies are causing FOB prices to fall even further again this week.

They are currently at rock-bottom levels. Quality is more variable but is generally

good.

• Cherries- After remaining unchanged for over a month, FOB prices have fallen a

couple of dollars this week. Quality is more variable and is generally fair to good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers likely

Thursday. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s. Lows will be in the lower 60s. More

of a chance of rain early next week.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Demand continues to be light. Good volume continues to cross at Nogales

but we continue to see signs of a slight seasonal slowdown. Crossings also continue at

McAllen. FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums. Quality is suspect

and variable and is declining. We expect the round tomato market to remain relatively

stable for the next several weeks.

• Romas- Nogales and McAllen crossings continue. Even though volume and quality

has declined from last week, FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums

for all sizes. Quality has declined.

• Grapes- Crossings primarily at Nogales. Quality is variable. Prices remain generally

at Suspension Agreement minimums.

• Cherries- Quality is more suspect and variable this week. We are seeing decay, skin

check and SDA (sunken, discolored areas). We are continuing to see a wider-thannormal

range in FOB prices which correspond to the quality. Overall, FOB prices are

steady this week.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Quality has fallen sharply due to scarring and bacterial pressures. FOB prices are

currently steady from last week but are expected to rise in the coming days.

West- FOB prices are active and should get stronger as we continue into the week.

Quality is variable.

Yellow Squash

East- Prior rain and winds continue to decrease the supply and quality. We are seeing

a much larger variance in FOB prices due to the wide range in quality. FOB prices

remain high. We expect the market to remain active and for quality not to improve for

at least a couple of weeks. Scaring, due to the winds, is the major quality issue.

West- Quality remains fair this week. Supplies remains light. FOB prices may be

topping off. New fields should be coming on-line by the end of the month.

Green Squash

East- Similar story as the yellow squash: fewer supplies, poorer quality and a wider

range in FOB prices depending on the quality.

West- FOB prices remain high and quality is more variable. Crossings primarily at

Nogales.

Cucumbers

East- Off-shore supplies continue with some FL domestic product becoming available.

FOB prices are currently generally steady compared to last week but are expected to

get stronger as we head into the rest of the week. Quality of the off-shore product

remains variable.

West- Nogales crossing continue. The market is active with FOB prices generally

steady to higher. Quality is more variable. We expect FOB prices to remain generally

higher until the Baja fields come online which should be around April 1.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices are generally steady to slightly lower for fancy and choice. Quality is

not as good due to scarring and pitting.

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

good.

Jalapenos

East- FOB prices are steady this week.

West- The market is active and FOB prices are steady with upward pressures this week.

Beans

East- The market remains active and FOB prices are generally higher with continued

upward pressures. Quality is good.

West- Acreage and yields are down this week causing FOB prices to be higher

compared to last week.

 

Market Trends: Week of March 6th, 2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- Demand is a little stronger this week. Supplies remain good. Quality

remains good. In the next few weeks we are expecting to see a slight downtick in

yields due to winds resulting from the only cold front this entire winter that came

through the growing region several weeks ago. Mexico continues to dictate market

prices and those prices remain at Suspension Agreement Minimums. FOB prices in

the east remain within a narrow range with slight upward pressures. We expect prices

to remain low and to continue to trade in a narrow range for at least the first half of

March barring a major weather event.

Romas- FOB prices for romas also continue to trade within a narrow range and

Mexico is dictating this market also. FOB prices are up this week on all sizes but

remain at very low levels. We expect FOB prices to remain low and to trade within a

narrow range. Quality continues to be very good.

Grapes- Ample supplies are causing FOB prices to fall even further this week. Quality

remains very good.

Cherries- Prices remains steady compared to the past several weeks. Quality remains

very good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Cloudy with afternoon showers likely Wednesday
and Thursday. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s. It will be mostly sunny but cooler
over the weekend with highs near 80.

West/Mexico

Rounds- Demand continues to be light. Good volume continues to cross at Nogales

but we continue to see signs of a slight seasonal slowdown. Crossings also continue at

McAllen. FOB prices remain at Suspension Agreement minimums. Quality has been

suspect and variable this week but we are beginning to see some improvement. We

expect the round tomato market to remain relatively stable for at least the next several

weeks.

Romas- Nogales and McAllen crossings continue. Open field growers have largely

wound down while shade growers continue strong. Quality is good. FOB prices

remain at Suspension Agreement minimums for all sizes. Prices should remain steady

for the foreseeable future.

Grapes- Crossings primarily at Nogales. Quality is variable. Prices generally at

Suspension Agreement minimums.

Cherries- Quality is more suspect and variable this week. We are seeing decay, skin

check and SDA (sunken, discolored areas). We are continuing to see a wider-thannormal

range in FOB prices which correspond to the quality. Overall, FOB prices are

lower this week.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Better supplies in both the east and west have caused pepper FOB prices to fall

on all sizes and grades. Quality continues to be good.

West- New supplies have caused FOB prices to fall sharply this week. Quality is good.

Yellow Squash

East- Prior rain and winds have decreased the supply and quality. Supplies will not

meet demand. FOB prices are up sharply. A similar shortage in the west give

suppliers few options. We expect the market to remain active for at least a couple of

weeks.

West- Quality is much poorer this week. Supplies are very light. FOB prices are

higher. It will not be before the middle of March before new fields start producing.

Green Squash

East- Similar story as the yellow squash: fewer supplies, poorer quality and higher

FOB prices. Large size is also tighter with higher FOB prices.

West- FOB prices are up strongly this week for all grades and sizes as supplies are

down and quality is suspect. Crossings primarily at Nogales.

Cucumbers

East- Off-shore supplies continue. FOB prices are currently down slightly compared to

last week but are expected to get stronger as we head into the weekend. Quality of

the off-shore product remains variable.

West- Nogales crossing continue. FOB prices for supers are down while selects are

generally steady. Currently, the quality through Nogales remains good.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices are generally lower for fancy and choice. Quality is good.

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

good.

Jalapenos

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

West- FOB prices are steady with upward pressures this week. Quality is good.

Beans

East- Supplies have decreased as a result of the bloom drop that occurred in January.

FOB prices are steady to higher with continued upward pressures.

West- New supplies have caused FOB prices to fall. However, demand has also

increased as a larger portion of the country is now looking to MX to supply their

needs. The level of increased demand will determine how low the FOB prices will fall

this week

Market Trends: Week of February 27th, 2017

Tomatoes

East

• Rounds- Demand is weak to moderate. Rain will keep us out of the fields

tomorrow. Quality remains good. Mexico continues to dictate market prices

and those prices remain at Suspension Agreement Minimums. FOB prices in

the east remain within a narrow range with slight upward pressures. We expect

prices to remain low and to continue to trade in a narrow range into March

barring a major weather event.

• Romas- FOB prices for romas also continue to trade within a narrow range and

Mexico is dictating this market also. FOB prices are up slightly this week on all

sizes. We expect FOB prices to remain low and to trade within a narrow range

into next month. Quality continues to be very good.

• Grapes- FOB prices remain generally steady this week and quality remains very

good.

Cherries- Prices are steady compared to last week. Quality remains very good.

• Weather forecast- Immokalee, FL: Cloudy, cool with rain almost all day
tomorrow. High will only reach the upper 60s. After that, the rest of the week
and weekend looks good with mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 70s
to mid-80s. After Wednesday, only a small chance of rain through the
weekend.

West/Mexico

• Rounds- Demand continues to be anemic. Good volume continues to cross at

Nogales but we have seen the first signs of a slight seasonal slowdown.

Crossings also continue at McAllen. FOB prices remain at Suspension

Agreement minimums. Quality is good. Good weather is forecasted to

continue for the next several weeks. If that forecast holds true, we expect the

round tomato market to remain relatively stable for at least the next several

weeks.

Romas- Nogales and McAllen crossings continue. Quality is good. FOB prices

remain at Suspension Agreement minimums for all sizes. Prices should remain

steady for the foreseeable future.

Grapes- Crossings primarily at Nogales. Quality is variable. Prices generally at

Suspension Agreement minimums but have firmed up especially for the better

quality fruit.

Cherries- Quality is more variable and we are seeing a wider range in FOB

prices which correspond to the quality. The supply of good quality cherries out

of Mexico has decreased.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Limited supplies caused peppers to bring higher FOB prices last week. Supplies

have improved which has caused FOB prices for all grades and sizes to fall this week.

We will see how tomorrow’s rain effects harvesting and supplies in the short run.

Quality thus far this week continues to be generally good.

West- FOB prices are steady to down thus far this week. Quality is good.

Yellow Squash

East- FOB prices are generally steady with downward pressures due to very weak

demand. Quality remains variable.

West- Fewer supplies this week have cause FOB prices to rise. Quality is generally

good.

Green Squash

East- FOB prices are steady to lower this week on both grades primarily due to weak

demand. Quality is variable.

West- We are seeing a wide range in quality. Overall supply is down. FOB prices are

higher this week for all grades and sizes. Crossings primarily at Nogales.

Cucumbers

East- Off-shore volume continues with relatively light volume. FOB prices are

generally steady with slight downward pressure compared to last week. Quality of the

off-shore product remains variable.

West- Nogales crossing continue. FOB prices are generally lower. Currently, the

quality through Nogales remains good.

Eggplant

East- FOB prices for fancy are steady with downward pressure and are generally lower

for choice. Quality is good.

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

good.

Jalapenos

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

West- FOB prices are generally lower this week. Supplies remain good. Quality is

good.

Beans

East- As predicted, FOB prices are lower this week.

West- FOB prices are seeing upward pressures due to light supplies.