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May 8, 2020 Supply Update: Broccoli is plentiful on both coasts and pricing is very attractive.

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Broccoli is plentiful on both coasts and pricing is very attractive. NC growers should begin harvesting next week and we’re looking forward to bringing in the local product for you.

Blueberries are still being harvested in large numbers in California. Georgia expects tight supply over the coming weeks, due to rains when the fruit was almost ready. We expect demand to increase exponentially over the coming weeks, with the loss of fruit in Georgia and North Carolina looking at a later start. This will cause the blueberry market demand to potentially spike and supply drop quickly over the coming two weeks. Our NC growers are starting harvest now, and expecting a great season.

After a couple of months of glut markets for cantaloupes that couldn’t move because of the lack of foodservice demand, the imported season is winding down and supplies are tightening up suddenly. Prices are up on the limited numbers, but California should begin their season shortly, adding volume to the market. Eastern Athena variety cantaloupes are right around the corner too, so supplies should be much better soon.

We have seen a gigantic spike in orange demand. The largest driver of this is recent government contracts to purchase oranges and send them to food banks. As a result, demand has been strong for oranges and we have seen prices shoot up on all sizes.

Bell peppers remain extremely short and will continue like this until Georgia gets going. Mexico and Florida supplies are extremely limited as both seasons get close to their end. California fields are in production but with some labor constraints in some instances caused by the social distance guidelines. We expect the struggle to continue and overall supply to be short most of this month.

Zucchini continues to be plentiful, while yellow is a little more scarce due to scarring and wind damage in the fields. Florida still has a fair amount and Georgia continues to ramp up with exceptional quality thus far; definitely more zucchini than yellow. New regions from North Carolina all the way to Texas are starting slowly. We expect squash (especially green) to continue fairly abundant the rest of this month.

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