SUPPLY FORECAST 8/28/16 through 9/17/16

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General Comments All Commodities:  Temperature forecasts remain at or below previous levels.  Extended periods of cool temperatures have translated into increased “days to harvest” on nearly all items, pushing back estimated harvest dates more than a week for many commodities.  Concerns of a potential late season Salinas pile up remain.  Consistent temperatures are translating into high quality and increased yields.  In most cases, markets remain depressed as a result of industry oversupply and strong “local grown” availability.  Iceberg lettuce markets have strengthened slightly.

Lettuce: Ample supplies are forecasted over the next 2-3 weeks.  Yields and quality are regularly exceeding estimates.

Romaine, Romaine hearts and Mix Leaf:  Consistent, high quality, leaf continues to command a premium over reported mostly markets. Promotable volumes are available for romaine and romaine heart as volumes will exceed original estimates.  We are now offering a “JUMBO” 36 count romaine heart!

Celery, Celery Hearts:  Regional deals in Michigan and Canada, where weather is significantly warmer, remain 6-7 days ahead.  Regional growers are routinely cutting ahead of schedule to mitigate potential yield loss due to intermittent rains and high temps.  Industry volumes bunching up this time of year often signal an impending short-fall during the holiday and transition.   Expect markets to remain steady or slightly increased over next 10 days.

Broccoli:  Oh Broccoli…Markets continue to be crummy.  Fields are yielding at historically high levels.  Expect promotable volumes for 2-3 weeks.   Quality is strong!

Cauliflower: Consistent temperatures and high yields.  Expect promotable volumes for next 2-3 weeks.

Tennessee Living Lettuce: Estimated supply should cover demand.  Development of new delivery lanes from our facility in Livingston, TN is currently in the works.

Artisan Family:  Our yields on all of our Artisan items are exceeding plans. We can promote Artisan Lettuce and Artisan Broccoli. Demand for Artisan Romaine is at an all-time high.  Weekly production plans are being adjusted up to compensate.

Artisan Red Onions:   Harvest is currently underway in Monterey County where size profiles are leaning heavier to Extra Jumbo which results in strong overall yields.  Quality remains extremely strong.  Our planned reduction in weekly volumes is by design and intended to occur as North West growers get rolling.  We have promotable volume on 2 lb, 3lb and 5 lb consumer packs for the next 2-3 weeks.

Consolidation Items: We offer a full line of consolidated items that we inspect upon arrival. We will only load products that meet our tough quality standards.

Organics: Contract volumes are available on many items.

Tanimura & Antle and the weeding take down

Tanimura & Antle and the weeding take down

By: John Louie, Farm Services

One of the most important tasks on the farm is weeding; it eliminates competition between crops and weeds for soil nutrients, water, space, and sunlight. Being faced with a shortage of labor, we have begun to implement labor saving technologies such as the RoboVator.

The RoboVator is a robotic weeding machine that uses machine vision and mechanical knives to weed and clean fields. The RoboVator is mounted on the back of a typical tractor and uses halogen lamps, infrared cameras, and high powered computers to identify invasive weeds from our precious vegetables. The camera and computer combinations continuously make decisions on what weeds to kill and what crops to save as we drive through the field. As the machine distinguishes the crops from the weeds, small knives engage and cut away weeds that are scattered throughout the bed.

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The RoboVator is most effective when the crop is larger than the weeds because the machine uses size comparison to differentiate between the plants in the field.  Fortunately, this is not a problem in fields transplanted by our Plant Tape program.  The larger plant size, consistent spacing, the accurate planting, and the high uniformity of Plant Tape creates nearly perfect conditions for the RoboVator to work to its best potential.

As a shortage of labor looms in the Salinas Valley, we as farmers need to seek out labor saving technology. Tanimura & Antle is slowly beginning to seek out new technologies such as the RoboVator and Plant Tape transplanting. The development and implementation of these technologies can be costly and challenging, but farmers must think outside of the box in order to continue growing food for a growing population. The future is here, and now we can add computer engineer/scientist to the lengthy list of desirable skills for a farmer.

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Honoring Our 2016 Sam Carrillo Award Recipient

Honoring Our 2016 Sam Carrillo Award Recipient

Tanimura & Antle Vice President and General Counsel of Labor, Carmen A. Ponce, was honored on Saturday, August 13th as our 2016 Sam Carrillo Award Recipient.  The employee chosen for this award each year has the confidence to stand alone when necessary, the courage to make tough decisions, the compassion to listen to and fight for the needs of others, and the respect of her peers eagerly desiring to learn from her. DSC_7898Carmen was introduced to agriculture by harvesting in the fields with her parents and decided at an early age that she wanted to pursue a career in law to help others. After majoring in Political Science at UC Santa Barbara, Carmen attended Georgetown University Law School and the School of Foreign Service where she received her Master of Science in Foreign Service and a Juris Doctorate Degree. She worked at a large law firm in San Francisco with 120 lawyers; she was one of 11 female attorneys there before moving to Monterey. In 1996, she joined our team at Tanimura & Antle and has been an integral part of our team ever since. In addition to her current role, Carmen is also heavily involved in the community where she serves on numerous boards, foundations, and committees.

This year, she is also celebrating her 20th year working alongside the Tanimura and Antle families and employees. Carmen is the epitome of a Tanimura & Antle employee who demonstrates attitude, ownership, and accountability.

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