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January 30th, 2023 Supply Update: Asparagus – The market remains very short on volume and prices are staying strong as Mexico is not yet showing an increase in harvests yet.


Asparagus – The market remains very short on volume and prices are staying strong as Mexico is not yet showing an increase in harvests yet. Temperatures are still cold there, so the asparagus is not developing at expected rates.

Broccoli & Cauliflower – Prices continue to slide as harvests and supplies improve seasonally. Mexico is bringing a lot of broccoli across the border and putting pressure on domestic suppliers to lower their pricing also.

Cantaloupe & Honeydew – Harvests are only happening in Central America right now and supplies are getting a little bit tighter. Also, Peru is having some political unrest causing difficulties in transportation to the ports.

Celery – Celery supplies are improving as the desert growing region is getting into better production this week. California production is back up to speed after the rains last week. Celery is shipping from multiple locations. The weather forecast calls for cool temperatures with no major rain into the weekend. Pricing is continuing to go lower with the improved harvests and weather.

Cucumbers, Squash & Peppers – Are recovering quickly after the Christmas week freeze. Mexico has plenty of squash and Florida is ramping back up on peppers and squashes also.

Grapes – We’re smoothly transitioning to Central American fruit after a solid year from California without all of the craziness at ports that we saw the last two years. Pricing is coming down with the increase in availability from new growing areas.

Lettuce – Iceberg and leaf lettuce supplies are readily available this week with good overall quality. Markets are steadily going down as the supplies are there to fill demand now.

Potatoes – Demand has eased off on potatoes as many consumers count carbs and calories to bring in the new year. January and February are typically slow months for potato consumption. Though we’re seeing sluggish demand currently, shortages will continue all year.

Strawberries – As we get closer to Valentine’s Day and the heavy demand for chocolate dipped strawberries for everyone’s sweet heart, product availability is very limited this week. Orders are getting prorated by about 60% currently and we may see more as we get closer to the holiday. Previous rains and cold weather in growing regions are creating the shortages from California and Mexico has limited availability and Florida is also limited due to previous freeze-related issues.

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