Rounds- Good production continues from our Central and Southern FL fields. A good weather pattern has set up over FL which has brought little to no rain, a lot of sunshine and good growing temperatures. The quality of the fruit continues to improve and is close to excellent. Yields are also increasing. However, demand continues to also increase as more and more western customers are coming east to meet demand due to the below average crossings from MX. Because of this increased demand from the west, supplies and demand remain in general equilibrium out of FL this week causing FOB prices to remain largely unchanged with some continued downward pressure. Sizing is improving but is still below average. The current weather pattern is expected to continue for several more weeks which means good quality and quantity can be expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
Romas- Supplies are steady. FOB prices are also generally steady with some downward pressure. Quality continues to be very good.
Grapes- FOB prices are generally steady with some downward pressure. Quality is good.
Cherries- Supplies and quality remain good. FOB prices are generally steady with some downward pressure.
Weather forecasts- Ruskin, FL: Mostly sunny skies with highs mostly in the low 80s and lows in the mid-60s. Little chance of rain through the weekend. Immokalee, FL: Partly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Lows mostly in the mid to upper 60s. Little chance of rain through the weekend.
Rounds- Mature greens remain largely unavailable out of the west. It is still a couple of weeks away before the Culiacan crop is available. Repackers are having to use Mexican vine-ripes and go to FL to meet their needs. Cool and wet weather in the Mexican growing regions has caused crossings to remain below average. We expect volume out of MX to continue to be weak until late December or early January.
Romas- Baja, Nogales and McAllen crossings continue. FOB prices are generally steady for all three sizes. Quality continues to improve but is still variable. The medium size remains at Suspension Agreement minimums.
Grapes- Sourcing primarily from Baja and Fresno. Supplies and demand remain light. FOB prices are steady to down compared to last week. Many western repackers are going east to meet demand.
Cherries- Like grape tomatoes, the supply of cherries remain tight and there continues to be a wide range in quality. Many western repackers continue to go east to meet demand.
Green Bell Pepper
East- Product remains plentiful this week with various fields from south Ga to south FL in production. However, the GA fields are toward the end of the crop. Demand is weak. FOB prices are lower on all grades and sizes. Overall, quality is good.
West- More supplies continue to cross at Nogales and the desert is still harvesting. FOB prices are lower again this week on all grades and sizes. Quality is good.
East- Good growing weather has increased yields. FOB prices are slightly lower this week. Quality is variable but improving.
West- Light crossings continue at Nogales. FOB prices remain relatively high and are steady to slightly lower this week compared to last week. Quality is good.
East- FOB prices are lower on both sizes. Quality continues to be good. Large zucchini market is also lower this week.
West- FOB prices are generally steady this week on all grades and sizes. Crossings at Baja and Nogales. Quality is good.
East- Harvesting continues in FL. FOB prices are lower on both grades. Quality is generally good.
West- Baja crossings are winding down while Nogales crossing are picking up. FOB prices are lower this week. Quality through Nogales is very good.
East- FOB prices are lower this week on both grades. Quality is good.
West- FOB prices are lower this week. Nogales crossings continue and quality is good.
East- FOB prices are steady to lower this week. Quality is good.
West- FOB prices are seeing a wider range in the west this week but overall are generally steady. Quality is good.
East- Supplies continue to increase. FOB prices are down again this week.
West- Supplies continue to increase causing FOB prices to fall again this week. Quality is variable but improving.