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MARKET REPORT – November 21st

WEATHER UPDATE

A series of cold fronts bring cooler temperatures and a return of the marine layer to much of California into next week. Warm and dry conditions across the southwestern desert regions with strong gusty winds expected early next week due to a passing cold front. Cooler temperatures and a chance of isolated showers through Central Mexico with seasonal temperatures to the north. A cold front moves into Florida with rain and showers through the week.

FREIGHT UPDATE

California and Arizona trucks remain plentiful again this week. Washington apple trucks are steady as well as Idaho potato and onion trucks. The national average remained steady this week at 3.073 per gallon. California prices remained steady as well and are currently at $4.014 per gallon. Crude oil remained steady and is currently at $57.29 per barrel.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Grapes (Red): Shippers are now into storage crop. Quality is strong. Markets will get firmer. Steady supplies expected through transition.

Lettuce Iceberg: Light supplies expected for 2 weeks with lettuce.

Lettuce Leaf: Light supplies on romaine as well as all leaf items in the industry.

Melon (Cantaloupe): Domestic market remains hot as offshore arrivals attempt to provide relief.

Potatoes: Markets continue to rise; demand exceeds supply. Consumer bags limited. Lead time needed on all russet orders, up to 7 days advised.

Potatoes (colored): Demand increasing for upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Markets expected to rise. Red B potatoes will become limited.

Stone Fruit: Only plums are left. Quality is fair. Supplies will last through the end of the month.

Berries (Strawberries): Possible rain next week in the North may prove to finally end the lingering production of strawberries in Salinas and Watsonville.

Grapes (Green): Quality is fair and will remain so through transition. Soft berries and discoloration may be present. Markets are higher and supplies will be limited.

TRANSITIONS AND TEMPERATURES

Berries (Strawberries): We will see strawberry production end in the North this week and move South to Oxnard and Santa Maria. Yuma cross docks will begin consolidating berries on 11/18 /2019. Mexican crossings are increasing Florida production has begun and will improve in numbers moving forward.

Grapes (Green): New import fruit will start late November on the east coast. West coast should see fruit by early December.

Grapes (Red): New import fruit will start early December. Stone Fruit: New import stone fruit will start by early December on the east coast.

Stone Fruit: New import stone fruit will start by early December on the east coast.