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May 22nd, 2019

The Source

This week's update on fresh produce availability and quality from PRO*ACT

The Source


Avocado (Mexican): The industry has seen a recent strengthening in field pricing resulting in a stronger market. We could see the market come off slightly but should remain strong through the summer.

Bell Peppers (Eastern): Quality in Georgia is very good

Berries (Strawberries): Multiple rain events causing berry shortages

Cherries: Rain has forced an early end to the CA season.

Eggplant (Eastern): Eggplant supplies are very tight.

Grapes (Green): Markets are higher and supplies remain very limited.

Grapes (Red): Supplies are lighter this week. New harvest market prices are higher.

Potatoes: Idaho 40-70 count Burbank markets are rising quickly. Advanced orders are needed to ensure full coverage.

Squash (Eastern): There is extreme heat forecast for the southeast this week and weekend that could change production in a negative way. Keep an eye out.

Stone Fruit: Rain has slowed production. Some prices are higher.

Tomatoes: The Department of Commerce has officially terminated the 2013 Suspension Agreement for Fresh tomatoes from Mexico, setting a 17.56% duty on Mexico tomatoes arriving in the United States. According to the Department of Commerce, Customs and Boarder Protection will begin the collection of cash deposits or bonds in the amount of 17.56% of the value of product entering the U.S. unless or until a new deal can be made between the U.S. and Mexico. As of last week, Mexico has refused the May 10 proposal made by Florida growers requiring negotiations to continue until a deal can be struck.


Cucumbers (Eastern): Cucumbers are hitting peak season now.

Squash (Eastern): Squash is in peak season.