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.