BEFORE YOU ORDER please be advised that imported tomatoes received today are mostly green in colour.
80% of the cases look like the photo attached.
AVOCADOS Arrivals have increased to prepare for Cinco de Mayo. Volumes are likely to return to normal by mid-May. In California, volumes have increased. Peru is expected to contribute to increasing volume by the end of May; however, due to increased global demand we expect the market to remain active over the next three weeks.
BANANAS Demand on this item remains firm; however, prices will continue to ease. Quality will remain inconsistent due to weather that has impacted the growing regions in Guatemala, Mexico, and Costa Rica. This only further complicates an already short banana market across the country due to virus impacts. Due to improving inventories, we should no longer see ripening issues.
PINEAPPLES Demand remains firm, and quality and supplies are gradually improving. FOB quotes at the port are mostly unchanged.
GRAPES Good quality continues on the offshore programs, and pricing is normal for this time of year for premium sizing and deals being made on small fruit. Quality continues to be good. Pearlettes out of Mexico should begin crossing mid-May with the desert to follow. Thompsons are now available. Other varieties that are available include: Crimsons, Globes, and Autumn Royals. Projected start dates for Mexico are late April to early May. We are expecting overall volume to be down from last year.
KIWI California supplies are very limited; lighter supplies are also expected on Italian fruit coming through the East Coast. Markets continue to firm up.
BLUEBERRIES Availability is good, Georgia blues will start up soon adding more availability to this commodity.
BLACKBERRIES The market is steady, and quality is good.
RASPBERRIES We are seeing some shortages in supply in this market, quality is good.
STRAWBERRIES The market has improved showing better quality and steady supplies.
Demand on lemons has improved; however, it is still a lower yield than in years past. Upcoming issues with weather may potentially create issues with supply and quality. We will keep you posted. The demand for CA navels has far exceeded supply. Markets will remain high until domestic Valencia market kicks in.
GRAPEFRUIT Texas grapefruit is available. Florida Star Ruby/Red is available. California grapefruit has started.
LEMONS This is a very active market. Prices are still higher than normal, but quality is good. Imports start in June.
LIMES (PERSIAN) ESCALATED This market remains high and although supplies are still very tight, they are improving weekly.
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.
GREEN & RED LEAF Quality is good and supplies are normal.
BUTTER Supplies are normal and quality is average.
ICEBERG LETTUCE Supplies are lighter due to cooler weather, but quality is excellent. This market is active.
ROMAINE Produce Alliance continues to purchase CA product only. Supplies continue to be light.
ROMAINE HEARTS ESCALATED Supplies are normal. Demand and quality are good.
EASTERN & WESTERN VEGETABLES Coachella is expected to begin production first week of April. Squash and eggplant will start the season followed by green bells, beans, red bells and corn.
EGGPLANT Warmer weather continues to improve availability on both coasts; FOB prices are unchanged this week and quality is very nice.
CUCUMBERS 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 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 prices up. Quality remains great.
ENGLISH CUCUMBERS (EURO) There are excellent supplies crossing through Nogales and McAllen.
GREEN BEANS There are excellent growing conditions currently in the East. Markets are steady and quality is good. In the West, volume is winding down through Mexico and prices are ticking upwards. We expect the desert to start in the next 7 to 10 days. Overall quality is outstanding.
ZUCCHINI AND YELLOW SQUASH WATCH LIST Markets are up in the East because of struggling quality. Cool nights and high winds are affecting product in the West. Supply has dropped and quality is a major struggle. FOB prices are also up in the West.
• Halos and Cuties are available.
ACORN, BUTTERNUT & SPAGHETTI SQUASH Now available, good quality and good supply.
MANGOES Good supply and good availability.
Cantaloupe: The cantaloupe market is mostly stable with continued arrivals from Guatemala and Honduras. We are being told the sizes are shifting form mostly large to majority 12/15 ct. Promotional volume is available going into the first week of May. Quality is outstanding right now as we are seeing optimal production, brix levels (11-14%) with occasional higher levels.
Honeydew: Good demand has kept the market steady. There has also been a swing back to larger sized fruit (4/5) ct. Quality has been clean with brix levels mostly in the 11-13% range. Our growers anticipate an active market for the next three weeks.
WATERMELONS Seedless watermelons remain steady with a decent demand on larger sizes
(4/5s). Movement on smaller sizes has been limited. Growers of seedless melons from Central America are
done for the season.
LAVENDER: Local frost has affected this crop and we will be out for several weeks.
OPAL BASIL: This commodity is back and there should be a steady supply now as a result.
ROSEMARY: Local supplies are average.
SAVORY: Supplies should improve this week as local supplies ramp up.
OREGANO: This commodity started to flower early this year.
All other herbs are steady in supply and quality.
ARTICHOKES We are seeing improvement in this market. Quality is better.
ARUGULA Quality has improved and supplies are good.
ASPARAGUS Expect a shortage in the next week due to Mexico finishing up and Peru not harvesting all fields. There are also limited flights due to flowers taking priority for Mother’s Day.
BOK CHOY Quality is average and we are seeing some higher quotes on WGA cartons.
BROCCOLI / BROCCOLI FLORETS Supplies are steady and quality has improved.
BRUSSEL SPROUTS Supplies are light and quality is average. Prices are higher.
CARROTS We are seeing both good quality and volume.
CAULIFLOWER Supplies are steady, demand is fair, and quality is good.
CELERY This market is steady showing good quality.
CORN Good volume continues on yellow and bi-color. The desert should ramp up in the next 7 to 10 days.
CILANTRO Supplies are good and quality is fair due to the colder weather.
FENNEL Supplies for the week will be good and quality is good.
GARLIC: EXTREME We are about 50% done with the 2017 crop. Supplies will remain tight between now and July. Prices remain high.
GINGER Chinese ginger markets are mixed, but quality is good. Also, product is available at higher costs from Brazil, Costa Rica and Honduras and Peru with no major quality issues being reported.
GREEN CABBAGE Supplies have improved in the southeast as well as in the West. FOB calls are down and quality remains very nice.
GREEN ONIONS Market is steady with good supply, though we are seeing some slight insect damage.
JICAMA Markets remain firm due to ongoing short supplies and will continue to see some quality and shelf
KALE (GREEN) Quality and supplies are good.
MACHE Availability is adequate.
MUSHROOMS ESCALATED Mushroom growers are still recovering from the severe 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 has said it expects supply to be affected for several months. We are starting to see some improvement of supply and will keep you informed of any changes.
NAPA Supplies are lower and demand is steady.
RAPINI Supplies have improved and markets are down. Quality has improved.
PARSLEY (CURLY, ITALIAN) Quality is fair and supplies are good.
RADISHES Supplies are steady and quality is good shipping through Arizona and Florida.
RED CABBAGE Quality has been hit and miss while sizing remains good. We are seeing some external quality and color issues causing markets to remain firm in the East as well as Texas. West Coast volume is improving.
SNOW & SUGAR SNAP PEAS Snow and sugar snap peas supplies are steady through Miami.
BABY SPINACH Baby and clipped spinach supplies are good and quality has improved.
BUNCHED SPINACH Quality has improved and product is available.
SPRING MIX Supplies and quality are good.
ONIONS The overall market as a whole has experienced an increase in price due to Northwest growers
finishing up, fewer Mexican supplies crossing, and very limited production in Imperial Valley, California thus far. Idaho/Oregon and Washington regions are close to finishing up their crop entirely. What is left in the Northwest is susceptible to sprouting and some internal issues shortly after arrival. Texas onions have
continued to ramp up production over the last several weeks. Colossals and Supers are becoming a bit short
as of late, with more availability on Medium Yellows. We are seeing reds that are much heavier than jumbos
and mediums being fairly tight. The Imperial Valley, CA started this week in a small way with yellows only. We expect production to increase in the Imperial Valley significantly next week. Yields are showing to be above average so there should be plenty of onions in this region, which will help keep pricing down during the transitions. Red onions are becoming more plentiful and white onions will ramp up there towards the end of next week.
POTATOES (IDAHO) The market remains stable on all size cartons and consumer packs. There is good
availability and no transportation issues right now. The Norkotah supply is about finished and most growers
will be running exclusively Burbanks over the next few weeks.
TOMATOES – EAST
TOMATOES – WEST AND MEXICO
Apples: We will continue to have good supply of the major varieties of apples through the spring and
summer. We have finished packing some varieties of apples for the season so the emphasis for balance
during the season will be on the six or seven remaining varieties. The quality, condition, and color on almost
all varieties looks very good, and since we normally harvest the late storage apples first in the season I expect
the condition on the remaining production to be very good.
Pears: Both Anjou and Gold Bosc pears are available especially on the larger (70’s to 100’s) sizes, but they are beginning to wind down for the season. Most of the supply that is left in the Northwest will either come from the Hood River Oregon area or from the Wenatchee area in Washington.
Stone fruit: These will be starting up shortly with apricots around April 20th 2018. The week of April 23 there should be some yellow nectarines and white peaches in low volumes to start. The week of April 30th we will start to see white nectarines and yellow peaches. Red and black plums will start mid to end of May.
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.
WHAT IS a Cold Chain? The cold chain is the deciding factor that determines if your case of lettuce lasts until you use the last leaf, or if that rock-bottom price you got on a warm case of lettuce will come back to haunt you when half the case goes bad in a day. The cold chain describes the process of events that brings the raw product from harvest to the end recipient, including packaging, storage, transportation, shipping, handling, warehousing, distributing and delivery.
An unbroken cold chain gives you milk that lasts until (and past) the expiration date, meat that stays bright and fresh, celery that stays crisp and fruits that are brought in unblemished and firm. Fresh produce and dairy products will last one (1) day less for every one (1) hour that they stay out below their optimal cooling temperature. This means that pack of berries or gallon of milk left out of a closed refrigerator, will be rotten one day earlier for every hour it sits on a warm table. A guarantee of an unbroken cold chain is of high importance when transporting frozen and cooler foods, medicines and vaccines, expensive film and chemicals.
A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. An unbroken cold chain is an uninterrupted series of storage and distribution activities which maintain a given temperature range. It is used to help extend and ensure the shelf life of products such as fresh agricultural produce, seafood, frozen food, photographic film, chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs. Such products, during transport and when in transient storage, are called cool cargo. Unlike other goods or merchandise, cold chain goods are perishable and always en route towards end use or destination, even when held temporarily in cold stores and hence commonly referred to as cargo during its entire logistics cycle.
Bahamas Food Services (BFS) ensures an unbroken cold chain from the supplier to our facilities in Nassau to your receiving door or to the mail boat, guaranteeing the freshest possible imported produce and perishables. A commitment to providing businesses in The Bahamas with the best possible quality includes BFS partnering with reputable suppliers who guarantee an unbroken cold chain from farm to your door. A prime example is Fresh Point, North America’s largest fresh produce provider which provides specialty and exotic fruits and vegetables, cheeses, mushrooms, baby and organic veggies as well as peeled & cut vegetables.
BFS believes that due to the constantly increasing costs involved in growing, shipping, loading, storing, transporting, documenting and so on of perishables, the necessity of a strong consistent cold chain is a requirement and not an option in today’s modern foodservice and retail grocery industries.
THE RECENT COLD AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES HAVE ADVERSELY AFFECTED THE FOLLOWING COMMODITIES. IN SOME INSTANCES PRODUCTS WILL BE IMPACTED TO THE POINT OF DEMAND EXCEEDING SUPPLIES RESULTING IN SHORTAGES TO CUSTOMER ORDERS. SUBSTITUTE ITEMS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ACCORDINGLY. THIS REMAINS A DAY BY DAY SITUATION AND WE WILL UPDATE AS WE RECEIVE MARKET INFORMATION. BELOW ARE MORE SPECIFIC UPDATES ON THE BROCCOLINI, BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, ICEBERG, ROMAINE, AND GREEN ONIONS. SPINACH AND SPRING MIX ARE NOW INCLUDED.
Severely impacted that will result in limited supply. The following items are critical and supply interruption is highly likely for the next 2-4 weeks.