Market update on fresh fruit and vegetable quality and availability from PRO*ACT.
May 15, 2019
Bell Peppers (Eastern): supplies are very tight.
Grapes (Green): Supplies are very limited and market 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.
PEAK OF SEASON
Berries (Strawberries): Salinas and Watsonville are moving into peak season towards the beginning of June
Cucumbers (Eastern): Cucumbers are in peak season.
Squash (Eastern): Squash is in peak season.