Last week’s visit out to the local stores indicated a pickup in volumes of both hothouse and avocadoes, while the struggle with citrus still wages on. Local harvest is easing up with most shippers in the packing phase for some fruits, which has led to a steady availability of trucks out of the Eastern WA and ID areas in the past week. Here’s some highlights of the month in the produce department:

avocado - jumbo vs. regAvocados: there was a wide range of sizes available at the store level, with all product coming from Mexico. Experts note that the production remains primarily from the Flor Loca crop, and supplies are steady with good volumes. Experts also note that Chile imports have started, but it is hard to tell at this point if the product will reach our local stores, as Mexico seems to be more than capable of meeting demand.

peppersHot House Peppers: there were ample volumes of green and all colored peppers in the local store, though most product is still being filled by the local greenhouse growers. In other areas, experts report that green and colored bell peppers are in a slight demand exceeds supply situation. Production is slowing due to weather affecting yields in some western regions; in particular, heat and harvesting issues are affecting California and causing a decrease in planting in the Baja, all of which is leading to light supplies. The market is expected to change quite a bit once Nogales starts, which is predicted to be in late November or early December.

lemonCitrus: Lemons, Oranges and Grapefruits are coming from Australia, South Africa and the US. Demand remains very high which explains the reason for the multiple origins that hope to fill the volume. The market is seeing a shortage on smaller sized lemons that experts expect to continue for at least the next month. As for Oranges, the Valencia crop out of CA is winding down with little supplies left, and CA navels are not expected to begin until the third week of October, and even then, will be in limited volume. As for Grapefruits, the CA season is winding down, and Florida has no reports available for movement, so for now, supplies will mostly be coming from imports. Good news is that the Rio Grande Valley region of TX has some light supplies, and all shippers in this area will expect to be underway in the next two weeks.

So, that’s what we saw out at our local retail stores for September. Remember, you can always contact our sales team  to discuss any of these noted changes to buying patterns, expectations and demand for new crops. We can help you with your operations and shifts in truck capacity!

Retail Visit Review: The Produce Department at the End of September was last modified: by