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February 17, 2020 Supply Update: Squash availability from Florida continues to get better, but volume is still not enough to meet the demand.

Winter Squash

Squash availability from Florida continues to get better, but volume is still not enough to meet the demand. Good quality of yellow squash continues to be a struggle in both Nogales and Florida. Some of the squash fields were 100% destroyed by the freezing temperatures from last week. Short term, we expect quality to be a major concern due to scuffing and scarring. Florida does not expect to see any sort of volume until end of February/beginning of March.

Mexican limes are in a glut market right now as they’re harvesting huge volumes all of the sudden. Prices are just about at the minimum levels and shippers are struggling to sell all of the fruit at low prices. It’s a great time to stock up as they’re expecting prices to go back up soon. Quality has been gorgeous.

Pepper markets have tightened and started to react on both coasts. Florida volume remains consistent but, with Mexico slowing down, demand is starting to exceed supply. Mexico shortages are definitely short-term because of the cold weather and rainfall in the growing areas last week; going forward we expect supply to be more plentiful.

Cabbage is being harvested in several areas currently and they’re growing more than they can sell. Prices are at rock bottom so it’s a great time to feature it on your menus. Quality has been gorgeous.

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.

The holiday in Mexico last Monday along with a couple days of rain has caused a slow-down in avocado harvest. The slow-down has resulted in a short supply situation this week while growers are asking for higher prices at the field level in order to entice pickers to get back to the fields.

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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