The Daily Buzz: 6/24/19 - 6/30/19


Mixed Berry Market Update:

·        Strawberries-  California growing areas both north and south are experiencing very light supplies due to significantly lower field estimates for the second straight week. With good demand existing as we move into the upcoming  4th of July holiday pull period, expect markets to remain firm in the in Salinas ,Watsonville and Santa Maria. Driscolls is currently very short on product. Quality has been hit or miss depending on what varieties are being used. Some of the more sensitive proprietary plants are still seeing problems from previous weather events and you can expect bruising and other issues in the pack.  The heartier non proprietary  varieties that are widely used in the industry are cleaning up nicely although some minor defects are still present there as well.


·        Blueberries- Central California is winding down this week with some availability coming out of the Stockton Ca. area as well. Availability out west is spotty. Markets are fairly firm  on the 6oz .We are preparing to move to the Northwest on blues as early as next week . There are also blues crossing in from Mexico as well as alternatives in North Carolina and New Jersey. Quality has been good out of all areas.


·        Raspberries -  These berries continue to be in just adequate supplies coming out of the West Coast with some Mexican fruit being transferred to bolster light local supplies. Load volume is not available and shippers are filling pallet quantities only with the other mixed berries.


·        Blackberries –This item remains in light supplies out West although there are other loading options available in Ga , NC and Fl .


Mexico got hit with heavy rain and hail yesterday. Today’s weather forecast looks to be wet with more afternoon thunderstorms. These storm patterns are causing a slow and delayed harvest with decreased yields. Taylor Farms Mexico will cover the regular volumes on all harvest items, the hardest hit being Green Leaf. Things to watch are Iceberg, Romaine, Broccoli, Cauli & Green Leaf.