Strong market to begin the new year. Small-sized fruit is limited availability on some varieties. USDA orders & a shorter crop, have kept the market strong. The retail movement continues to be steady, in the wake of COVID-19. Quality has been good, overall.
The avocado market remains steady after a slight uptick with the recent holidays which slowed production and crossings out of Mexico. At this time Mexico with a little bit of product from Columbia is where the product is coming from. We are expecting pickings to pick up slightly over the next 3 weeks (traditionally for football playoffs and SuperBowl functions). This will be a big push item for retailers. Mexico has good volume 60/48/70.
A very active market with BLACKBERRIES. Limiting supplies and an increase in demand will keep this supply pipeline empty.
Coming off of a Holiday sailing schedule limiting ship arrivals, we will start to see better supplies next week as container ships return to normal scheduling.
Like all the other berries, cooler temperatures and Holiday schedules created limiting supplies of RASPBERRIES. Pricing could reflect this situation and raise prices into next week.
Cooler temperatures have slowed down production in both California and Mexico. The market has firmed up as a result of the limiting supplies. It may sound like it’s too early, but customers are already asking about Valentine’s Day.
Central Calif Grapes are down to a few Red Seedless with a steady market. Look to see these clean up in the next 10 days. We are seeing some imports of Red and Green Seedless on both coasts…. the market is strong at this time with limited supplies available. The quality and condition of Calif grapes are good though stems are definitely showing age (brown in color with some brittle). Import quality is looking very nice and the market reflects this. Look for the market on imports to begin settling down around the last week of the month.
Calif KIWI is all picked and in storage for your fresh-packed needs. Sizing this year is large mostly 30/33 not a lot of 39/42 sizes (these will demand premiums Feb/March). The fruit is still hard so a few days in ambient temperature will bring the condition up for eating and using. All packs are available. The market is steady on larger sizes but on the rise on 36 and smaller. East coast is seeing some Greek imports, like domestic mostly 36 and larger.
Lemon market is steady picking out of District 3 & 1. In general fruit is peaking 140/115; quality is looking nice fruit is firm / lighter yellow in color. Quality is very good and starting to come into full color. Meyers mostly out of the desert and a few ranches here in Central Calif are also available — great for cooking think curds/ lemons pies/ and Lemon squares.
Quality: Good performance will be 60%. The current regions of lime: Gulf of Mexico: Weather forecast isolated rains for this week due cold front 24. Continue seeing a high presence of blanching and skin breakdown in the fruit. The light green color will be in big sizes. The availability this week will be medium to big sizes. In the Pacific Region: will have a medium presence of skin breakdown, scarring, and blanching. The good green color will continue. The sizes available are small and medium sizes. The availability 250’s-230’s 15%, 200’s- 175’s 50%, 110’s -150’s 25 to 35%. The availability 250’s-10%, 230’s-30%-,200’s- 25%,-175’s -19%, 150 -110’s – 16%.
Mango season is over in Texas. There is a GAP of product for 2-3 weeks.
Honeydew supplies are doing well again weather conditions offshore are limiting that fruit; however we do still have good supplies out of Mexico with very nice quality. The market is up slightly due to increase demand where customers are not able to get Cantaloupes. Sizing is 6/8/5’s.
Cantaloupe supplies remain limited on both coasts due to weather and hurricane issues. As such the market is up. Look for supplies to improve around the third week of the month as Honduras starts kicking into production. The profile of fruit remains mostly 9/12’s. Due to the weather, fruit quality is mixed.
Navels peaking 88/72/113’s. Demand is good with a steady market. Quality is very nice with fruit packing out about 85% fancy. Night temps in the low to mid 30 to low 40’s have made the color bloom and gassing is all but done. In addition to Navels, we are also harvesting Blood Oranges and Cara Cara. Supplies on both of these are light but improving daily with sizing similar to Navels.
All varieties of pears are available. Pricing continues to be very strong. Quality is good.
Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly active; prices slightly higher. Quality is variable.
Mandarin/Clementines are in full swing. The fruit is looking and eating great. Sizing is peaking 32/36/28; the market is steady with good demand. Pummelos/ Oro Blanco (Sweeties) are also currently picking … sizing 10/12/8’s with a very nice color. Grapefruit going again out of the desert with very light supplies. Desert has also started on Minneola though this year supplies out of this area are very light and only in a few hands.
We continue to have Arils (pomegranate seeds) through the winter packing fresh to order. Asian Pears are available with both Yellow and Brown skin varieties and expect to continue with this fruit into early spring. Peach/ Plums/ Nectarines are starting back up with imports; the market is strong.
Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading early fairly active, late moderate. Prices are generally unchanged. Quality is variable. Most supplies crossing through the Progresso Point of Entry.