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Food Service Produce Market Report 10/5/17

Food Service Produce Market Report 10/5/17

 October 5, 2017



California: This region is in the final 2-3 weeks of the summer tomato harvest. So far, quality continues to be good. Hopefully, if rain can be avoided, California will have the full three weeks of production to finish the season. The market is stable, trending in the mid-teens for best quality. Downward pressure from a sudden supply flush has markets easier this week with the expectation of similar treading markets for next week. 

Mexico: Baja California, Nogales, and McAllen are all crossing moderate volumes of vine ripe and roma tomatoes. Markets are in the mid-teens for best quality.

Southern Georgia & Florida: These areas are harvesting as much as feasible.  Extremely light demand on very little supplies.

Round & Roma Tomatoes: Round and Roma quality remains fair from the extreme heat all summer.

Outlook: With much of Florida out of the picture, California and Baja may be the only growing regions with available fruit. Elevated markets are expected through mid-December until mainland Mexico begins imports and Florida gets back on track.


California: High pressure out west brings a warming trend to the entire region into early next week.

Mexico: Light showers continue across Central Mexico as a weak cyclonic circulation moves into the Bay of Campeche over the weekend. Long-range forecasts show a wetter pattern setting up for next week.

Florida: A tropical disturbance over the Bahamas has a slight chance of intensification over the next few days as it moves to the north over Florida. This system looks to bring heavy rains and thunderstorms to much of Florida over the next couple of days.

Tropical Storm Nate: A tropical cyclone in the northwestern Caribbean has been upgraded to be name Tropical Storm Nate. This system is likely to become a hurricane in the next three days and potentially hit the northern Gulf Coast Sunday morning. Nate is expected to strengthen as it moves over warmer waters on its way to the U.S. coast. By Sunday, Nate’s sustained winds are expected to reach 75mph.  


Green Bells: Supplies and quality are favorable, however, we still anticipate a shift in sizing and lighter production due to cooler overnight lows in all growing regions. Production in California and the Central Coast is sufficient, though quality needs to be closely monitored due to the last heat wave that hit the central valley and intercostal regions. Excellent quality, little change in FOB pricing.

Red Bells: Supplies are lighter this week. Favorable weather patterns in the extended forecast, quality is likely to remain good. However, quality and shelf life needs to be monitored due to last month’s heat wave.

Yellow Bells: Supplies have been manageable and we expect good quality over the next week.

Mini Sweet Peppers: Supplies are tighter as heat has affected volume in the west and crops in the east have been damaged by Irma. Markets are firming up.


Leaf Lettuce: Demand exceeds supply driving FOB pricing through the roof. We see no relief until Yuma transitions by early to mid-November. This situation was created by the heat that brought on maturity in August and early September, causing some growers to discontinue fields. Now growers are reaching into young fields to try and meet demand. Weights will be light for the next few weeks in the 34-40 pound range. Some growers will start Huron in a week but little impact is expected as production out of Salinas is declining. Quality will be fair to good with partial tip burn continuing to be an issue.

Processed Lettuce: Affected by the decline in supply we will see price triggers initiated for shred and salad blends.


Lemons: The Oxnard/Ventura crop is nearing the season’s end, fruit is peaking on 165’s and smaller. The Desert crop has begun with limited volume, and will gradually build through October. Fruit from this growing area is peaking on 140s/115s, heavier to the fancy grade. Good supplies against import fruit out of Chile and Mexico.

Limes: Rain over the past weekend and Monday delayed harvest and arrivals into the U.S. Harvest has started back up and supplies will improve to normal levels by the weekend. Stylar and wind scarring remain issues on quality. 


Harvest has increased out of Mexico and crossings into the U.S. are up improving available supplies. We expect to see market prices decline over the next few weeks due to increased supply. Quality is excellent as oil content has improved.


Supplies vary from shipper to shipper. Supplies out of Santa Maria and Oxnard are the strongest. The Salinas Valley is struggling with supplies, and their market has firmed up. Your better value is out of Oxnard and Santa Maria. Quality is still suspect with arrivals showing brown to black spotting, yellowing of the leaves, and the occasional black decay.


The market is slightly weaker on jumbo yellow onions, and smaller, colossal and super colossal are at a premium due to limited supplies. Red and white onion supplies are steady with moderate demand. The Idaho growing areas received some rain over the weekend, delaying harvest schedules. Transportation is extremely limited with some rates up 30-40%. Reports indicate good overall quality.



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