Small sizes, especially red, are in an extreme shortage. WA is anticipating a very large 2016 apple crop peaking on 72–88’s with fewer 113’s–138’s compared to the past year. Supplies are tight on Red/Golden Delicious and Fujis. Galas and Granny Smith are in full swing, Honeycrisps are starting.
The strike was resolved, and a limited number of growers have resumed harvesting. The majority of this fruit will reach the border thru this weekend; however, ripening and distribution time will be 7–10 days until inventories are replenished. The growers/packers will proceed cautiously as to not oversupply the market—we should not expect a flood of avocados and rapidly declining prices. Due to the strike, we will not be able to fill orders, and for those that we can, it will be extremely expensive for the next 7–10 days.
BEAN, GREEN ALERT
Demand exceeds supply due to Hurricane Matthew. NC suffered a complete crop loss; VA, TN, and GA yields are only at 50%, with fair quality at best. Expect to see plenty of russeting, misshaping, scarring, small bean size, and brown ends. The FL crop is expected to start up by the second week of November, expect a demand exceeds supply scenario for the next few weeks.
BERRIES—BLACK, BLUE & RASP ALERT
Blueberries: Supplies are improving as more South American fruit is becoming available. Blackberries & Raspberries: We are starting to see more availability here too, more so for blackberries than raspberries. Occasional textural issues are due to alternating weather.
Prices are rapidly increasing due to rain on the Central Coast of CA. The crops have not recovered and estimates are 30-45% lower than anticipated, coupled with heavy signs of decay, weak texture, and a short shelf life. Forecasted heat plus rain will continue to hamper. McAllen is still a week away from significant production. The situation on berries is expected to last the next 7–14 days.
The supply is slowly improving, but still demand exceeds.
TOMATOES, CHERRY & GRAPE ALERT
The Quincy, FL crop is growing, and Palmetto/Ruskin will be picking in the next 10-14 days. The market is elevated and waiting on more supply in East/West.