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Food Service Produce Market Report 10-12-17

Food Service Produce Market Report 10-12-17

 October 12, 2017



California: A cool, low pressure system moves into the west with cooler temperatures and gusty winds across the region. A brief warm up over the weekend will be followed by a cooldown early next week. Southwestern desert regions will endure strong winds and slightly cooler temperatures as these systems pass to the north.

Mexico: Central Mexico will see light, scattered showers through the week, followed by dry conditions and seasonal temperatures next week.

Florida: Typical scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly to the south into early next week. 



California: Light demand on adequate tomato supplies through the end of October; finishing the season until next summer.

Mexico: Light demand on moderate tomato production.

Florida: Light demand on minimal production out of the Quincy growing region. Anticipating a significant reduction in tomato supplies from this primary tomato production region for November and December.

Roma Tomatoes: Prices are steady this week and product is available out of McAllen. Increased supplies crossing through Nogales is expected by December.

Grape Tomatoes: Production has finished in Nogales and supplies have tightened. Pricing will be elevated for the remainder of the week.  

Hot House Tomatoes: Increased supplies are projected to cross through Nogales in November.



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. 



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.  



Green Bells: Lighter supply of green bell peppers being harvested in the Fresno growing area. Good quality and condition being reported on all sizes.

Red Bells: Sufficient volume continues to be harvested in Fresno. Good quality and condition being reported on all sizes.

Yellow Bells: Light supplies being harvested; good quality and condition being reported.

Orange Bells: Light supplies being harvested; good quality and condition being reported.



Limes: Substantial rainfall in the primary growing region of Mexico has affected inbound supplies. Shippers will need to grade harder in order to avoid quality issues from the rain. Elevated prices are expected, product will eventually size up to larger sizes.

Lemons: The market has eased. California growers have transitioned to the desert region. Small sizes are tight out of Mexico and California. Good overall quality being reported.



The market is steady against all sizes and colors with moderate demand and sufficient supplies. Excellent quality is being reported in all growing regions. Sizing continues to peak on jumbo/medium out of most areas. Weather looks to be favorable for the next 7-10 days as growers push to get all product into storage. The market is projected to remain steady at current levels until harvest finishes by the end of October or early November. Transportation is extremely tight with no relief in sight.



Supplies out of Mexico are finally crossing with good numbers; heavier to small sizes. Maturity is up with the oil content increasing daily. The market is starting to gradually come down and continue improving, weather permitting. Sizing on Mexican crop looks good, with promotable volume and pricing by December.


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