Market Trends: Week of 17 April 2017



• 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


• 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.


• 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


Green Squash

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


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


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



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.


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

West- No report this week.


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.