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This week’s Freshly Picked is sponsored by Fresh Concepts.
Very limited supplies on all sizes from Northern Baja due to cold weather and rain causing lower overall packouts and yields. Strong demand for Large and Jumbo sizes out of the west. Market pricing in the west has increased significantly. Volume is beginning to decrease from both regions in Peru (Ica/Trujillo) due to seasonality. We should expect supplies out of the West to remain limited over the next several weeks.
Temperatures in Florida have increased and supplies and quality have increased over the last week. Supplies have increased and quality is good.
Corn quality is lower due to weather issues out of both the East and the West. Supplies are very tight because the weather has not only affected quality but also has caused gaps in production. The supply issues are expected to last for at least the next two weeks.
Import supplies, from the primary growing area of Zacapa, will trend down over the next two weeks before transitioning to alternate areas. The sizing profile is projected to swing back more to larger fruit on 5-7 days.
Temperatures have cooled slightly and yields as well as sizing is getting better. Quality has remained good. Supplies are still slightly below averages.
Strawberry supplies are expected to remain tight for the next 2-3 weeks due to rainfall in California. We should expect to see some quality issues due to water damage.