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ProduceIQ: Holiday prices burn bright for fresh produce

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We can’t guarantee 2023 will end on a high note, but we can predict it will be an expensive finale for produce buyers.

ProduceIQ: Wait…isn’t hurricane season over?

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Heavy rain and cooler weather have plagued growers across the Southeastern US and Mexico for weeks. Produce prices are accelerating as holiday demand swells.

ProduceIQ: It’s a ‘Blue Blue’ Christmas for grape tomato buyers

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Supply is strong for commodities beginning their winter season in the Western Desert region, and the annual transition from the Salinas Valley, CA, may stick a soft landing (to steal a phrase from the fed) despite El Niño related weather challenges.

ProduceIQ: Prices dropping to more familiar territory

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The desert is ramping up production, and produce prices are here to tell the story. In line with historical trends for week #48, the ProduceIQ index is down -5 percent over the previous week.

ProduceIQ: Holiday hangover cure enclosed

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Predictably, post-Thanksgiving green bean prices are falling faster than the snow across the Midwest. Average prices are down -37 percent over the previous week.

ProduceIQ: Thanksgiving week prices more affordable this year

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This week’s price index is a little misleading. Despite appearances, fresh produce for your Turkey Day menu is a bit more affordable than last year.

ProduceIQ: Thanksgiving pull is here, and so is the rain

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Heavy rain is forecasted for the Southeastern U.S. and California this week. This may come as dismal news for growers nearing harvest, but it is a reason to give thanks for off-season growers still fighting the effects of extreme drought.

ProduceIQ: Bezos and tomatoes head South

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El Niño turned the chillers on. Now, growers across North America are scrambling to salvage the last bit of their fall season as production shifts to warmer climates.

ProduceIQ: Pacific hurricane potential remains, as market prices at highest for week #43

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Buckle up and prepare to see significant fluctuations in the supply and prices of products grown in the Salinas/Watsonville areas.

ProduceIQ: Pre-turkey season produce markets mellow

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While we were washing away our last few memories of COVID restrictions at IFPA, Hurricane Norma made landfall on the Southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, as a Category 1 storm and then again in Sinaloa as a tropical storm. Rain from the tropical system will impact growers in North and Central Mexico.