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November 7th, 2022 Supply Update: Beans – Snap bean harvests have been very low, creating a vacuum for Haricot Vert, washed/trimmed beans and snap beans in general.

Beans, Snap

Beans – Snap bean harvests have been very low, creating a vacuum for Haricot Vert, washed/trimmed beans and snap beans in general.

Apples – The apple market remains tight this week as the new crop is coming in well below the normal crop size. We are projected to have around 106 million cases this year compared to an average crop of around 125 to 130 million cases. This will make the third crop in a row that is considered below average.

Avocados – Mexico continues dominating the supply of the U.S. market as they are harvesting and shipping high volumes. The demand has stayed strong mainly on 48s; however, with higher level of shipments coming in, the market has been correcting itself. There is plenty of availability on most sizes, and this is making it a great time to promote and feature avocados.

Broccoli and Cauliflower – Supplies have become increasingly tight in California. Limited harvests and poor weather have created a shortage that is driving prices higher. Local broccoli has begun and we’ll ship that as long as it lasts.

Cucumbers and Squashes – Cooler weather in Georgia is finishing up their season, but Mexican farmers are cranking up their harvests and supplies are strong. As we get a little further down the calendar and move into the time that Florida normally supplies the nation, prices will climb.

Lettuces – Supplies of iceberg, romaine and leaf lettuce remain EXTREMELY LIMITED with all orders heavily prorated from farmers to the market. Prices are staying at unprecedented levels if you can find the product you need. Salads of all types saw a strong price increase last week, and the quality is very iffy at best. We’re looking forward to the seasonal transition to Arizona fields that should mid November. Farmers are saying though, that overall numbers will be down this year due to limited water availability.

Potatoes – Demand is starting to increase as we get closer to the holidays. Look for strong movement from now until the end of the year. Overall, acreage was down considerably in Idaho year over year and most reports are of lower yields and smaller sizing. This will mean higher pricing throughout the year, and a premium for large russets.

Tomatoes – Markets have been climbing over the past couple of weeks as anticipation of the shortages we’ll see from Florida become closer. We’re really not sure yet where exactly pricing will end up, but it’s safe to say higher.

Q: What would happen if the US switched from pounds to kilograms overnight?
A: Mass confusion.