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February 24, 2020 Supply Update: Availability and quality of zucchini is improving each week but, unfortunately, yellow continues to struggle.

grapes, zucchini available

Availability and quality of zucchini is improving each week but, unfortunately, yellow continues to struggle. Both the Mexican and Florida growing regions are struggling with scuffing and scarring, and we don’t see conditions getting better for the next two weeks.

Cabbage supply is abundant in Florida with no expected supply gaps in the next 2-3 weeks. Demand will start to pick up the first week of March for the St. Patrick’s Day pull and we may see some increases at that point.

Year-to-date avocado supply is less than 65% of the volume seen last year. Meanwhile, pricing is up over 50% versus prior year. Each time the supply starts to increase, demand increases, and pricing has been increasing as well. Each time weather conditions and/or holidays have slowed supply, shippers run low on inventory which drives pricing up further. At the current pricing levels and favorable weather conditions in Mexico and California, most growers will likely start harvesting
heavier and the supplies are expected to increase soon.

New crop onions are getting started and putting pressure on markets since there’s still plenty of solid storage onions on hand. Prices will remain low through the transition to the new season. Quality remains very good.

Grape prices are on the slide as more and more volume becomes available from Chilean and Peruvian farmers which normally supply the US through our winter and spring months until California begins again. Quality is much improved on the freshly harvested fruit.

We’re excited to tell you that we’ve started carrying a premium line of Tortillas from Father Sam’s. They’re locally made in Charlotte and will virtually eliminate broken and torn sandwich wraps for you. You can literally ball them up in your hand and then stretch them back out without breaking! Please ask us for a sample to try them out!

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