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November 16, 2016
Blueberries: Supply is steady with continued shipments from South America and Mexico. As production winds down out of Argentina, we may see supplies tighten somewhat but do not expect any shortages or supply gaps as Chilean production will be picking up as the Argentina season ends. Markets are likely to increase over the next few weeks as the number of air shipments decline and higher volume orders are placed on ocean going vessels to make the 3 week ride to US ports. About 3-4 weeks from now, we’ll see increased volume back in the market places and pricing will begin to come off again in December. Quality has been good on all imported product thus far.
Raspberries: Raspberry supplies are steady with good production volume out of Southern CA and Mexico. Production is peaking over the coming weeks. Quality has been good with only a few reports of wet, leaky fruit.
Strawberries: Demand is still exceeding supply. California production volume remains limited as crops transition for the winter and supply is gapping between regions. Oxnard winter crop will begin in late November and increase through December. Mexico is producing steadily but the volume making it to the US is still limited. Rain over the past weekend slowed down harvests and production. Berry sizing is very small from Mexico, mid 30s per 1 pound clamshell. Weather has been clear and warm in all CA growing regions the past 7-10 days however cooler weather has now arrived and rain is forecasted for this weekend. This is the time of year where weather is always a factor and can change production abruptly throughout the growing regions. Keep in mind that we are at the end of the season for many of the CA growing regions and they have already experienced 2 major rain events this season. Quality issues range from soft, overripe and bruised to white shoulder, green tips and misshapen. Fruit will not last as long as you are used to. Quality and shelf life expectation must be adjusted based on what is currently available in the industry.
Cherries: Air arrivals of Chilean cherries will continue through mid December. Product is available on the east and west coasts. On the west coast, volume has been consistent with sizes being heavy on XL. Current market prices have been steady with a couple dollars range depending on size. On the east coast, volumes are much heavier. All sizes available and market prices are lower than west coast. Vessel arrivals of cherries are expected to arrive mid December and market prices will start to drop.
Navel Oranges : New crop Navels production is now in full swing with all shippers packing. There are a good range in sizes, with peak on 88s/113s/72s and heavy to fancy grade. Flavor and internal color are very good.
Iceberg Lettuce: Heat damage is hitting the growing regions of Brawley, Coachella valley and Yuma. Misshapen heads, discoloration and ribby are common characteristics seen with this commodity. The winds have been up to 45 mph. Weights are ranging from 38- 44 pounds on palletized. Yields are down. Production in Santa Maria is moderate at best. Production in Huron should finish up by the end of this week.
Tomatoes: Rounds - The market is steady. Supplies on large and medium fruit continue to see better numbers, in all areas. However, XL size continues to be a struggle, keeping the market higher. Demand is steady, and with the holiday just around the corner, demand and market may tick up. Quality is good in all areas.
Roma - The market is steady. Supplies continue to be lighter, keeping the market stronger. In the west, colder weather and rains have slowed up production and yields. Product is available in Florida, but not enough to slow up the market. Look for the market to continue to be stronger, with lighter numbers and with the holiday just around the corner. Quality is good to fair.
Cherry - The market is steady / lower. Supplies continue to get better in the west and east. Market is steady / lower, however, may tick up with the holiday. Quality is good.
Grape - The market is steady. Supplies continue to improve with the grapes, in all areas. All shipping areas have supplies and quality looks good across the board.
July 15, 2016
July 15, 2016
Local Seedless Watermelon
June 30, 2016
Summer Picnic Bouquet
This fun bouquet is great for your summer or a 4th of July display; it is filled with white daisies, red carnations, green cushions, a white Cremone and a watermelon pick. Make sure to cut the ends of your flowers every three to four days to maintain water uptake. Ask our floral staff about ordering these beautiful plants for your floral department.
June 30, 2016
Broccoli Alfredo Salad Kit
Our broccoli alfredo salad kit is made with succulent grilled chicken breast cut julienne style with fresh cut broccoli florets, crisp and juicy red seedless grapes to add a burst of sweetness, penne pasta all tossed together with a creamy, zesty garlic alfredo dressing. This salad kit is perfect for your Summer picnics and makes an outstanding 4th of July side dish. Bring this item into your deli today for a savory addition and added sales. Ask your salesperson about our promotion on this kit this week.
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