MARKET REPORT – November 7, 2018

WEATHER UPDATE

Off shore flow brings a warming trend to California into next week with cold mornings and strong winds in Southern California and the southwestern Desert regions. Seasonal temperatures and isolated showers continue across Central Mexico through next week with drier conditions to the north. A weak frontal system moves into northern Florida with possible showers mid week. A stronger wetter system looks to move into the region early next week with rains, cooler temperatures and gusty winds.

FREIGHT UPDATE

California trucks remain adequate with rates remaining steady. Trucks in Yuma are steady as well. Washington apple truck supply is adequate as well. Idaho potato and onion trucks remain tight with rates increasing. The national average on diesel remained steady this week and is currently at 3.338 per gallon. An increase of .456 from this time last year. California prices are steady as well.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Avocado (Mexican) Continued: Unfortunately, because of the limited supplies and the time lapse between harvest, fruit arriving into the U.S. and the ripening process, we can expect to see green fruit and or early staged fruit (stage1/2) for the begging of next week. Ripe fruit will not be an option this coming week. If crews do in fact harvest tomorrow or Thursday, preconditioned fruit could be available (at the earliest) by the end of next week. There really is no definitive schedule yet, as fruit takes 5-7 days to ripen. Availability will vary per DC as fruit crosses from Mexico into Texas. Keep in mind transportation/trucks will be tight once fruit becomes available.

Onions: Transportation is limited

Potatoes: Transportation limited due to the extra demand for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Potatoes (colored): Transportation limited.

Squash (Eastern): Plenty of squash supply.

Stone Fruit: Nectarines are done for the season. Peaches are very limited. Plums are phasing out.

TEMPERATURES AND TRANSITIONS

Stone Fruit: Import season expected to start late December