Apples – The apple market remains firm with rising prices this week as demand remains strong as we approach February. Movement has been above expectations the last several months leaving growers with less inventory than expected; therefore, pushing prices higher. They are also experiencing more shrink loss as they pack the fruit this year due to weather issues during the growing process.
Avocados – Production and supplies are ramping up and with the Big Game just a couple weeks away, the timing is perfect! Mexico’s harvest is now producing more and quality is good. California experienced heavy rainfall during the past few weeks which has helped tree health and fruit maturity. The current warmer weather is allowing some California growers to start harvesting early-season fruit.
Dry Goods – Worldwide supply shortages have driven virtually all dry good prices much higher. Limited quantities and weekly out-of-stocks are the rule right now. We’re continuing to do our best to source what you need for your disposable supplies but it’s been a challenge for us and our vendors.
Grapes – The import grape deal continues to be riddled with complications, from the global supply chain delays, COVID-19, staffing, as well as weather on the East Coast this past weekend! The bright spot has been the fruit, as the quality has been outstanding so far. We are expecting to see continued disruption in the supply chain for a the foreseeable future, but it should improve somewhat in the next two weeks. Toward the middle of the month, we are hopeful that the industry will be able to build a bit of an inventory to start to satisfy more demand throughout the supply chain.
Melons – Imported cantaloupes and honeydews are a great buy right now, with super high quality and plentiful supplies keeping pricing low.
Onions – Have become extremely short and prices continue to rise due to the storage outlook by growers thinking they’ll run out of onions early this year. Reds are particularly short and growers are prorating orders. Expect to see continued higher pricing until this spring and new harvests begin.
Trucking – Everyone knows the buzzword “Supply Chain Shortages”. Much of the problem stems from an extreme shortages of truck drivers. Before Covid, the supply of trucks was already stretched, but it’s gotten much worse allowing truckers to pick and choose their routes and name their prices. Now we have the vaccine convoy in Canada protesting the border crossing mandate creating even tighter supply lines.
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