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January 22nd, 2020

Row Crop Update

Extremely cold temperatures causing major supply shortages on row crops.

Row Crop Update

We have experienced extremely cold temperatures in the current growing areas of Yuma and Mexico over the last few weeks. This has caused major supply shortages and quality issues over quite a few commodities. Temperatures are expected to warm up over the next week so we expect this to help push most row crop commodities along and promote growth.

ITEMS STILL ON ALERT:
Arugula and Baby Kale have been affected the most. We have seen shortages from suppliers and have seen discoloration of leaves, mildew, and shorter shelf life on product over the last couple weeks. Green Onions have been in short supply and prices have been very high. Cauliflower has suffered lower yields and supplies remain short.

ITEMS IMPROVING:
Red leaf and Green Leaf lettuce supplies are improving and prices will start to see some relief. Iceberg, which has been affected greatly, is starting to show signs of improvement on supply. We are still seeing quality defects of epidermal peel, blister, mildew, and light weights. Finally, Broccoli is starting to improve as the weather gets warmer with greater yields and supplies.

We expect supply and quality to improve over the next 2 to 3 weeks on all these row crops. We will continue to do our best to keep good quality products in stock and control pricing during this time.