Customers that didn’t build inventory going into the holidays now need to replenish quickly. In a regular year, produce markets typically fall the first week of January.
A late arrival to hurricane season, Tropical Storm Eta may be particularly disruptive if it sends heavy rains to Florida’s growing regions.
Prices have descended as production transitions South. Markets are expected to fall further the week before Halloween as new areas of production increase supply volume.
Though prices dipped slightly from last week, industry prices remain the highest seen for this week No. 41 over the last 15 years.
The fires near Salinas, CA, growing regions in August continue to cause problems for growers, even after many have been contained.
Church Brothers Farms is expanding its value-added offerings to the retail segment with the introduction of five new items under the Green Giant Fresh brand: Sweet baby broccoli, Sweet baby cauliflower, Spaghetti squash, Butternut squash and Sweet potato.
Retail cauliflower sales have slowed compared to early in the pandemic, though sales continue to post double-digit year-over-year growth.
Weather problems continue to affect California vegetables, and increasing foodservice demand is causing some prices to rise.
The heat in the Salinas, CA, area is affecting crops there, lowering volumes and causing prices to rise.
Many fruits and vegetables are starting to see stronger demand with some restaurants opening back up and Memorial Day holiday demand.