We're keeping an eye on Hurricane Dorian. Get this week's update on fresh fruit and vegetable availability and quality from PRO*ACT.
Apples: Golden Delicious and Fuji apples are gapping until new crop starts (week of 9/9).
Berries (Strawberries): Be aware that there will be challenges in the next few weeks regarding labor. Growers must allocate limited resources to prepare winter beds and replace drip lines and cover plastic. This yearly field prep deadline always limits harvesting crews thereby reducing yields and producing temporary shortages as Growers juggle between these priorities.
Broccoli: Broccoli fields are gapping and producing lower yields. All shippers are not getting their projected #’s.
Carrots: There will be a pricing increase on California jumbo carrots projected to take effect in September due to warmer weather causing the carrots to not size up properly. Alternative sources are Mexican jumbos coming out of McAllen Texas.
Citrus (Limes): Lime supplies expected to very limited due to drought conditions in the growing regions in Mexico. Sizes on 230/250’s expected to be in better shape, but supplies on small fruit are expected to go quick, markets prices have gotten stronger and expected to stay firm.
Citrus (Oranges): Domestic small size Valencia’s will continue to remain very tight moving forward. It’s advised to prebook orders in advance. Please keep in mind we do have options to use Chilean Navels.
Grapes (Green): Cheaper fruit is older varieties and quality is poor. Grapes (Red): Cheaper fruit is old varieties and quality is poor. Stay with new varieties.
Pears: Aggressively priced CA-Bartletts available!!!
Potatoes: Idaho storage Burbanks are done for the season. Potatoes (colored): #2 grade and chef size color potatoes are limited. Stone Fruit: Domestic stone fruit season is starting to wind down. Certain sizes will become limited.
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