Asparagus – Supplies have increased from Mexican fields as well as Peruvian farms. Supplies are much better this week and pricing is falling downward.
Bananas – The banana market is one that doesn’t change much and stays relatively stable throughout the year as most buyers are on contracts that keep pricing the same for years at a time. This year is different in many ways, though. They expect these higher prices to go through the end of March.
Bell Peppers – Stronger harvests from Florida have the pepper market on the slide. Quality has been very nice.
Corn – Remains extremely tight and Florida is struggling to find any significant harvests. Expect prices to stay strong until the spring harvests begin.
Cabbage – Chilly weather slowed growth in the fields, but demand is even slower right now so markets are easing downward despite short supplies.
Grapes – Chilean vineyards are having a great year, with high quality grapes arriving on our shores. Quality and pricing have been great.
Pineapple – Windy conditions prevail over Costa Rica, with wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour, affecting many regions. Many areas have seen significant rainfall. Quality is reported as good but the additional rainfall is causing several issues like lower sugar, and some water spotting mainly on larger fruit.
Potatoes – Strong and steady supplies of all varieties of potatoes are coming out of storage right now and keeping prices very favorable.
Squash and Zucchini – As predicted, volume continues to get better in Florida; although, we expect to slow down this week due to the temperatures. Mexico is expected to ramp up volume, so we should see better supplies of both colors in the upcoming weeks. Florida will continue to harvest but don’t expect significant volume from the Sunshine State until March.
Strawberries – California, and Florida growing areas are experiencing limited supplies due to cold and inclement weather, and markets are very strong. This situation could last for several weeks and there’s more demand than there is supply for those who want them. That’s bad news heading into Valentine’s Day.
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