Market Trends: Week of 23 May, 2016



The central Florida fields continue will excellent yields and quality.     FOB prices are generally steady and the market continues to be inverted.  However, for the first time in several weeks, we are seeing some upward pressures on those prices.  Nonetheless, prices remain at or near floor levels. The Quincy growing region (northern FL) is expected to begin producing on the 26th and 27th of this month with little or no gap in supplies during the transition.  Our SC fields should then begin right behind the Quincy fields so little or no gap is expected during that transition either. Quality is excellent.

Romas- Strong supplies continue.  FOB prices are steady from last week at or near rock bottom.  Quality is excellent.

Grapes- FOB prices remain at very low levels but are up slightly from last week.  Quality is excellent.

Cherries- Supplies continue to be good and FOB prices remain at floor levels.  Quality is very good to excellent.

Weather forecast- Ruskin:  A real good chance of storms every day this week with highs in the mid to upper 80s and lows near 70.  Skies will be mostly cloudy all week.


Rounds- Vine-ripes continue to cross at Baja, McAllen and Nogales. Quality is better out of Baja than Nogales.  Mature greens continue to be harvested.  Quality is very good to excellent.  FOB prices remain low.  We do not anticipate any gap in supplies while transitioning between growing regions.

Romas- Good supplies from several growing regions continues to keep FOB prices at or near Suspension Agreement minimums.  Quality is very good.

Grapes- Good supplies out of Nogales and Baja are keeping the FOB prices of grapes at low levels. The quantity and quality of the fruit crossing at Nogales is not as good as that crossing from Baja.  The better quality fruit is bringing higher FOB prices.

Cherries- The supply of cherries in the west is the one tomato commodity that is tight due to only a few growers growing them.  Some suppliers are going east to meet demand.  Quality is generally less than good.


Green Bell Pepper

East- Good supplies from Florida continue, especially for the largest sizes.  FOB prices are generally steady.  Quality is very good.

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


Yellow Squash

East- FOB prices remain at low levels and we are seeing additional downward pressures.  Quality remains variable but good quality can be found.

West- FOB prices are steady to down slightly this week. Quality is variable.


Green Squash

East- FOB prices remain at low levels this week but are more variable this week and the price corresponds to the quality of the product.  Quality remains variable but good quality can be found.

West- FOB prices generally steady this week.  Quality remains variable.

Green Beans  Georgia is in full swing! Availability and quality is good.

Cucumbers- East- FOB prices are generally steady this week. Quality remains generally good.

West- Product continues to cross at Nogales at good levels.  There is downward pressure on FOB prices. Baja also continues to harvest.



East- FOB prices are generally steady.  Quality of eggplant is very good to excellent.



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