Market Report: Week of 12 November, 2017


Week of November 12, 2017

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



• Rounds - Eastern production is limited mostly to FL as all local deals have wrapped up. Unfortunately, these FL regions took a deep impact from Irma as we have been previously reporting. For what limited volume is harvested, the crop quality looks very nice. FOBs push up another $5+ as the supply gap strengthens. Relief is not expected until around the 2nd week of December once Immokalee fires up.

• Romas- Eastern production is limited mostly to FL as all local deals have wrapped up. Unfortunately the Palmetto/Ruskin area took a deep impact form Irma as we have been previously reporting. The silver lining is demand has been fairly weak, therefore, romas took only a few dollar increase moving into next week. Relief is not expected until the South FL crop begins in mid December. Quality for what is being picked is very nice.

• Grapes- There is a significant supply gap nationally. The FL region that typically fills this time frame took a major hit from Irma. FOBs are up another few dollars. Prices remain extremely high and relief is not expected for another 4 weeks. Quality, if you can get your hands on them, is very nice.

• Cherries- With grapes skyrocketing, demand for cherries has improved, thus pushing the market upwards. Supplies are drying up, yet quality remains good. We anticipate this market to continue upwards if no grape relief is brought to the table soon.


• Rounds- Rounds from CA are officially done as the last grower recently wrapped up. If anything trickles in from the region, quality is extremely suspect. We highly advise to keep a very tight inventory on all CA tomatoes. MX vine ripes are steadily crossing the border. As suspected, prices are quickly rising as demand increase with the FL supply gap. Quality for the vines is good.

• Romas- MX supplies are fairly steady at this time, resulting in a minimal increase in prices. Unfortunately this isn’t expected to last much longer as the round market strengthens. Quality is good from all areas.

• Grapes- We have reached a very tight market and extreme supply gap as Eastern MX & Baja produce very light supplies. No relief is expected until the first week of December until Nogales can give some supply to the marketplace. Quality is fair as best from the west.

• Cherries- Demand and supply remain in equilibrium which is resulting in a steady cherry market. However, note that if no grape relief is seen soon, we do anticipate a rise in demand and FOBs. Quality is good.

Green Bell Pepper

East- GA has had some cooler temps recently, which has slowed production down. However, FL is slowing picking up. A few more peppers are in the marketplace, thus pushing pricing downward just a hair. Quality is good.

West- Supplies are still slightly limited, however, a few more MX growers are coming on board. The desert is in crown picks with good supply on bigger size pepper. Quality has improved. FOBs have come off slightly, but are still higher than usual.

Red Bell Pepper

West- Steady supplies & demand are resulting in steady FOBs. Quality is fair to good.

Yellow Squash / Zucchini

East- local deals have concluded. GA experienced some cooler temps which slowed production, but FL is pushing out good supplies and quality. FOBs are steady and quality overall is good, but some scarring could be present in yellow squash.

West- Although FOBs are fairly steady, Nogales is expecting lighter supplies for about two weeks. This is mostly due to continuous depressed markets, a brief heat wave, and transition to other growing regions. Quality is good.


East- A snug market is evident in the east as GA experienced cooler temps slowing production. FL areas are slowing coming on board but there is not enough supply to cover demand. Prices are steady and quality is mostly good.

West- Baja is still pushing the last of their crop out with good quality. Mainland MX is showing good supply & quality. Thus, FOBs have slightly fallen.


East- GA being the only grower in play, supplies are not enough to meet the demand of the fans. FOBs are remain high. Some quality issues are being reported from the GA region. Look for FL to start in a small way next week.

West- While the desert still has some eggs in play for a cheap price, quality is lacking. Turn to Nogales for better quality, yet note that the price point will be a few dollars higher.


East- GA still has a few peppers trickling out at mostly good quality, but the market is definitely firming up. FL will not start for another few weeks. Look for this market to perk up a bit until the FL market begins.

West- Good supplies from Sonora & Sinaloa, but quality has been up and down due to a heat wave. Thus FOBs are pushed up a few dollars. Look for relief in the next 10-14 days.


East- FL is just barely scraping the surface so look for the bean market to remain high for another 7 days, and then drive downward as more supplies come to light. Quality so far has been good.

West- Quality concerns are driving most shippers out of the bean deal. The desert has very light supplies and Nogales is experiencing major quality concerns. Prices are expected to remain high for another week, potentially two.

• Eastern Growing Region(s) Weather Forecast:

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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 $2.50 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 $2.50 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 August 17, 2017



• Rounds- Supplies from VA, NC, & TN are lighter than usual, however, FOB prices remain

steady on all sizes. Note in the weather forecast, more rain showers are expected in the east.

Quality is generally good considering the amount of rain, but we are still seeing a few issues in

the form of short shelf life. Therefore, we continue to recommend keeping inventory tight.

• Romas- Demand is fairly moderate and supplies coming from NC, VA, TN & MI are steady.

Prices are down slightly, about $1.00 on all sizes. Quality is still spotty coming from all growing

areas due to rainy conditions and warm temperatures.

• Grapes- FOB prices are stable as supply and demand remain in equilibrium. There is a slight

spread in prices, especially in bulk, which correlates to the quality available in the market

place. Better quality is demanding a higher FOB.

• Cherries- Steady supply, demand coming from the east are resulting in a steady FOB price.

Quality overall is good, however, at times can show a little shorter shelf life than expected due

to rain.


• Rounds- The western market is proving to be active this week due to less volume available.

Because eastern supplies are limited as well, some eastern demand is turning to the west to fill

the void, putting pressure on the western supplies and prices. Jumbo and XL supplies are very

short, large size supply is a little tight, and medium supplies are moderately available. Jumbo

and extra-large sizes are up about $2.00, large is up about $1.00 and mediums stay relatively

flat. Note temperatures remain high which is resulting in quality concerns in the form of soft

and tender fruit. We recommend to keep inventory tight as shelf life is very suspect.

• Romas- FOB prices push back up a few dollars as supplies remain short from the west. Four

CA shippers are not harvesting fruit, putting high pressure on Baja, with already light volume,

to fill the supply chain. There is a extensive spread in FOB prices due to the wide range in

quality coming from the region. Expect to pay a higher price for the better quality.

• Grapes- Bulk FOBs are seeing upward pressure as supplies tighten up, while pints are

relatively flat. Expect the market to strengthen again over the next 7 days due to less volume

available. Quality is good considering the heat in the growing regions, however, shelf life is still

questionable. Therefore, we recommend keeping a close inventory.

• Cherries- FOBs are slightly up again, about $1.00. Supply from the west is light, therefore,

some western and central area demand is turning to the east to fill needs.

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.

Green Bell Pepper

East- Steady FOBs on all sizes as NC, NJ, and MI all are harvesting good supplies. Quality is

generally good, however, some concerns still due to rain and heat.

West- Steady FOBs on all sizes as good supplies come from the Stockton and coastal region.

Quality is good.

Red Bell Pepper

West- No change in FOBs as the transition continues for about another 7-10 days. Overall

quality is good, however, some green coloring can be apparent on the pepper at times.

Yellow Squash

East- Quality is fair from all regions in the east. Scarring and short shelf life are a serious

struggle due to the heavy rains. As supplies are tightening up, we are seeing some upward pressure on FOBs.

West- Quality is fair to good in the west. Scarring is the biggest concern with some bruising

apparent. FOBs are slightly up.

Green Squash

East- Weather concerns are driving FOBs upward subtly. Supply is a little more available than

yellow squash and quality is fair to good.

West- We are seeing some upward pressure on prices as the supply tightens up slightly.

Quality is generally good, however some issues are present in the form of scarring and shelf life.


East- MI & NC are still harvesting good supplies, however, the market has slightly

strengthened. Quality is good, but we still highly recommend a tight inventory due to rainfall.

West- Slight upward pressure on FOBs is evident, but overall quality and supplies are steady.


East- MI is producing good supplies and quality which is resulting in a steady market.

West-The market is steady from Stockton and Fresno. Some quality issues are showing from



East- Steady pricing and quality from the east.

West- FOB prices are slightly down as supplies increase a bit. Quality overall is good.


East- No changes to pricing as good supplies continue to come from MI, IN, & NY. Some

quality problems might show due to rainfall, but overall quality is good.