Weather Related Quality Issues

September 24, 2019
 We are seeing some challenges in quality due to very warm and rainy weather in our growing regions.  Humid weather is causing seeder/high core in iceberg, as well as premature pinking in color. In romaine we are experiencing fringe burn and high core; growers are doing their best to trim this in order to mitigate some of this issue. In addition to iceberg and romaine, tender leaf product is showing small signs of mildew. Lastly, we may see some discoloration with cauliflower. On a lighter note, kale seems to be holding up the best and quality looks good.  
Please be prepared to see some of these weather related quality issues. 

Produce Market Alerts

CUCUMBERS – ESCALATED Select cucumbers have triggered on the East Coast programs. Florida production continues and Georgia is close to starting; however, we are seeing lower volume across the region as cooler temps have slowed the plants down. FOB prices are getting active showing ticks upward of $2-$3 across the category in the East. Quality remains very nice. West coast supplies are experiencing the same circumstances as the East, with cooler than normal temps slowing production down and driving FOB prices up. Quality remains great.

LIMES – ESCALATED This market remains high and although supplies are still very tight, they are improving weekly.

MUSHROOM – ESCALATED Mushroom growers have suffered damage in the South and Southeast, as well as Puerto Rico. Hurricane Harvey and Irma have resulted in a tightening market, and the American Mushroom Institute said it expects supply to be affected for several months.

ORANGES – EXTREME We are still seeing a shortage in supply and higher prices. This market may become even shorter in supply and will last until the domestic Valencia market takes over.

ROMAINE HEARTS – ESCALATED Supplies are normal. Demand and quality are good.