Market update on fresh fruit and vegetable quality and availability from PRO*ACT.
Apples: Golden Delicious apples are extremely tight and may not be available between mid-July and early August (new harvest).
Avocado (Mexican): The industry is in a demand exceeds supply situation on Mexican fruit. We expect strong market conditions for the month of July and could very well continue into the month of August.
Berries (Blueberries): Multiple Growing regions going options in both East and West Berries (Strawberries): Supplies will remain snug moving into the weekend. Large open market orders may be difficult to cover.
Carrots: 50 lb Mexican jumbo carrot pricing is much higher Celery: Market coming way off with this commodity.
Cucumbers (Eastern): Cucumbers are in tight supply Grapes (Green): Markets are lower and demand is lighter due to the holiday. Aggressive opportunities are available.
Grapes (Red): Demand is down, Markets are lower. Shippers are looking for volume deals.
Lettuce Iceberg: Light supplies with this commodity thru the week with all shippers. Escalated pricing is in effect. Lettuce Leaf: Market is softer on carton romaine, although romaine hearts will be tight all week.
Onions: Onion markets to decline week of July 8. Winter-over yellow and Walla Walla sweets available in Washington.
Potatoes: 40-70 count potato supplies tightening up. Markets on the rise. Advanced orders needed. Potatoes (colored): Color potato supplies limited. Markets remain active; in particular B reds and size C for all colors.
Bell Peppers: Extreme heat in Calif. causing quality and supply issues.