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May 30th, 2019

The Source

This week's market update on fresh fruit and vegetable quality and availability from PRO*ACT.

The Source


Bell Peppers (Eastern): Extreme heat could hurt supply in the next week.

Cherries: Cherry supplies have been essentially wiped out due to the heavy rains last
week. Availability is extremely limited and markets are escalated.

Cucumbers (Eastern): Supplies on cucumbers are getting tighter by the day.

Eggplant (Eastern): Supplies are very tight.

Potatoes: 40-70 count sizes are limited. Advanced orders are needed to ensucoverage.

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. The Department of Commerce has directed Customs and Boarder Protection to collect 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. Following the refusal of the most recent Florida
Growers proposal, Mexico growers on May 23rd have proposed new terms for an Agreement the Florida Tomato Exchange is, “Considering a step backwards” from the May 10 proposal stating “The domestic industry simply will not support any proposal that does not stop the injury to American growers by dumped Mexican tomatoes”. It is a good sign that negotiations continue but a deal is yet to be struck between the two countries for the time being.


Bell Peppers (Eastern): Bell Pepper is in peak season

Squash (Eastern): Squash is in peak season