Current Market Conditions
AVOCADOS: Extremely serious situation with avocados. Growers have walked away from the Mexican Avocado Council, resulting in zero harvesting of the fruit. We don’t expect recovery until at least Thanksgiving week. Prices will be through the roof, if not triple than usual.
LETTUCE: Romaine, romaine hearts, and Leaf lettuce are extremely higher as transition is still under way. Supplies are short, combined with demand resulting in much higher than usual pricing for this time of year.
SCALLIONS: Extremely short in supplies from California, pricing very high.
TOMATOES: All tomatoes are higher as shippers are transitioning into Florida. Quality is not the best, crops certainly received damage from the storms.
New Stock Items
Cape White Turnip
Fresh Local Cranberries
For your convenience we stock:
Fry Oil, Fruit Purees, French Fries, Full Line Of Spices, Olives, 5 Gallon Pickle Chips, Spears and Crinkle, Full Line Of Dairy including Butter, Milk, Eggs, Shredded, Domestic and Imported Cheese.
FOR UPDATES AND SPECIALS:
Asparagus: Prices remain steady this week with imported supplies, typically prices will start to rise as shippers fulfill retail ads for the upcoming holiday season, supplies for the wholesale market shorten up.
Broccoli Prices up this week as East Coast and Canadian supplies are done, putting the pressure on California, along with the start of the holiday pull.
Celery: Prices up this week as Canadian supplies are done, putting the pressure on California. Another item with strong holiday pull.
Brussel Sprouts: Prices are steady to lower this week, another holiday pull item with strong demand.
Cauliflower: Up this week as shippers transition, plus holiday demand.
Cucumbers: Pricing slightly off.
Eggplant: Pricing remain high with decreased supplies.
Lettuce: California lettuce is extremely higher as Salinas winds down their season. Romaine and Leaf lettuces are through the roof across the board of all of it’s products. We may have to settle with red ribs on the romaine. Iceberg is coming out of Huron, quality is very nice, however light volume keeping prices high.
Onions: No major change, wide variety on pricing and quality, prices firm on premium product from the West. Overall the market seems to be getting weaker. Western supplies are the best and appears growers had a great crop this season.
Imported Red and Yellow Peppers: Dramatic turn in that market, all colors still higher in price this week.
Green Peppers: Pricing remaining very expensive as Georgia winds down and awaiting Florida to start.
Summer Squash and Zucchini: Very reasonable with the increase of supplies
Tomatoes: All tomatoes are higher as shippers are transitioning into Florida. Quality is not the best, crops certainly received damage from the storms.
Potatoes: Idaho counts are getting a little stronger this week and the market is starting to turn, smaller counts will be higher with demand as shippers are harvesting the Burbank variety. Red Potatoes, wide range on pricing depending on origin, overall no problems with a very reasonable market.
Fruits & Citrus
Avocados: Extremely serious situation with avocados. Growers have walked away from the Mexican Avocado Council, resulting in zero harvesting of the fruit. We don’t expect recovery until at least Thanksgiving week. Prices will be through the roof, if not triple than usual.
Blackberries and Raspberries: Prices seem to be leveling off wide spread pricing between Driscoll and independent labels.
Blueberries: Supplies of imports are increasing, driving prices down.
Cantaloupes: West Coast supplies are done, small gap and awaiting on vessels to arrive with imports, pricing mush higher.
Grapes: New California/Mexico crops available. Quality is nice, pricing variable on size.
Honeydew Melons: Still some West Coast supplies available until the imports arrive, market is not as volatile as cantaloupes.
Lemons: New crop Arizona available, imports are winding down so we are seeing a price increase.
Limes: No major issues, steady market.
Oranges: California Navels have started, prices have started to level off.
Pineapple: Steady pricing this week with no major changes.
Strawberries: As history always repeats itself, this is always a tough time of year for strawberries. California winding down, waiting on Florida and holiday demand usually exceeds supplies. We expect to see much higher prices this week.