We are inching to the end of the 2019-2020 crop, with new crop Gala & earlier golds just around the corner. Storage supplies are still good for some varieties. USDA orders have helped to strengthen the market, over the past month. The retail movement continues to be steady, in the wake of COVID-19. Quality has been good, overall.
Avocados supplies are currently plentiful with fruit from Mexico/Peru and Calif. Mexico is in their summer season with decent supplies of 48 and smaller fruit with supplies flush at this time they are slowing harvest slightly. Peru imports here are just about to their peak with hard fruit on 48/40/60 fruit. Calif is going strong and is close to a demand exceed supply situation (due predominately to promotions pushing US-grown product); sizing here is a little larger peaking 48/40/60 size. Most of the market is the same for all growing areas though slightly higher for Calif. Mexico and Calif fruit showing better maturity and oil contents. Look for the market to stay relatively stable on 60/70 and trying to inch up on others over the next month. Note by late August; Calif and Peru will be winding down and Mexico will be in the driver’s seat with new crop fruit.
Expect very heavy BlackBerry pro-rates next week. The East Coast supply production is finishing up and California production is limited.
Much like all berries, BlueBerries will be in limiting supplies next week. Rain and extreme heat on the East Coast have hindered production, causing consumers to look out West. Oregon, which is a major producer during the summer, is into their Mid-Late varieties and numbers are falling off.
These next couple of weeks will be the lightest production of the year for Raspberries. No new production of fruit from Mexico to help fill the demand for California orders until New crop from Mexico in Mid-August.
Strawberries have made the turn. Some quality problems coupled with very limited supplies for the next 2 weeks will make for a strong Strawberry market. An increase in price and normal order pro-rates will happen next week.
Nogales & Coachella are cleaning up and if looking for deals that is the place to be. Bakersfield/ Arvin are harvesting and we are seeing some better berry/ bunch size out of this region; the market is stronger for fruit out of this area. All colors available Red/ Green/ Black seedless as well as Red Globes.
We are hitting the Chilean fruit-heavy at this time with all Kiwi sizes available to ship. The fruit is firm and eating well. Supplies expected to stay good through the summer months into early fall.
The summer season of Lemons — where demand is strong and supplies are light. With that being said market is up on all sizes; more pronounced on 140 & smaller fruit. We don’t expect change now until imports get hot and heavy (mostly fancy grade here). Domestically harvesting district 2. Peaking 140/115 but even those sizes are not getting any breaks. Quality is general is good with the occasional scaring/ blemish/ discoloration.
Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading early is moderate. Prices 110-150s and 250s very high, others are high. Quality is variable.
Movement expected about the same. Crossings include light supplies of Hadens. Trading early fairly active, late moderate. Prices Tommy Atkins and Kent 7-8s slightly lower, Tommy Atkins 12s slightly higher, others generally unchanged. Quality is variable.
Honeydews: They market is steady. Honeydew supplies are now out of the westside. Quality is good to excellent with mostly larger sizes 5/6/8.
Cantaloupe: The size profile is peaking on 9/ Jbo 9/ 12 with very few 15ct. Quality has been excellent. Supplies are picking up as more fields break on the westside.
Valencias are in full swing on with more than 40% of the crop is already in the box. Sizing is peaking on 88/72 and the small fruit is cleaning up fast and demanding a premium. The fruit looks good and is packing heavy to fancy grade. The market is strong with a lot of the fruit going into 10/4# bags and or loose for the USDA box program. Market to stay strong on the Valencia program through the end. Some independent sheds closing for 4-6 weeks for rehab and annual maintenance– also to give themselves product for “school” pulls in Aug/Sept. Offshore Navels are now arriving and are priced well to move to retail and wholesale markets. The majority of this fruit is fancy.
We are coming to the end of the pear season, with D’anjou being the last variety available. Smaller sizes are extremely tight.. Many will look to California Bartletts for small pears in this month & WA Bartletts to start around the 15th of August. Pricing remains steady, as we get closer to the new crop Bartletts in Aug. Quality has been good.
Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly active, late active. Prices 8s slightly higher, others generally unchanged. Quality is variable.
Imported tangerines/mandarins are now into imports arriving on both the east and west coasts. Larger sizes are spoken for on retail ads but we still have some nice fruit to offer out packed bulk and bags. These are easy to peel with good sugar and flavor.
Apricots, Nectarine, Peach, Plum, and Pluot are all going strong and are eating great. Apricots are tight and winding down the limited size available. Nectarine/Peaches peaking 40/48/50 with very light numbers on small sizes. Red & Black plums as well as Pluots all sizing have good availability. Pluots available as well.
Movement expected to increase. Trading on 60 count fairly active, others fairly active at slightly lower prices. Prices on 60 count generally unchanged, others slightly lower. Quality is variable.