November 2, 2018
 
   
Transition
 
The movement of major growing areas from California to points as far south as Yuma, Arizona is underway, and will continue through early December. During this time, certain crops are more susceptible to disruptions in supply and quality.
   
Industry-wide the market on Romaine, Romaine Hearts,
Iceberg and Broccoli will all be volatile. 
  
Seashore has relationships and receive direct shipments from these large, premier national growers. We also offer options-- contracted pricing and value-added solutions.  
 
Reach out to your account manager to answer questions, 
offer menu planning suggestions, and offer their expertise.
 
          

Commodity Updates
    
ATTN SCHOOLS!  APPLES
As each supplier wraps up their harvesting of apples in the Northwest, there is already some distinct scenarios playing out. First of all the overall crop will be down 20 million cartons from last year. The late estimates are in the 115 million carton range. This season there will be limited supplies of small fruit such as sizing in the 125ct and smaller. There will be heavier supplies in the 113ct range or higher. This is due to the natural course of growth in apples called alternate bearing. (Alternate bearing refers to the tendency of the entire tree to produce a greater than average crop one year, and a lower than average crop the following year.)
 
ALERT! AVOCADOS
A short harvest labor strike in Mexico will slow imports to the U.S. for the next week or two. Pricing may increase slightly, however the primary concern is a temporary shortage of fully ripened product. Please consider this ripening issue when planning orders.
 
PEAK SEASON!  GRAPES
Quality is excellent! Supplies exceed demand; pricing is aggressive.
   
ALERT!  LETTUCES
Supplies of all head lettuces continue to tighten due to California field transition. Pricing is escalated. Consider Leaf and Value-Added items for better quality and cost savings.
  
PEAK SEASON!  PEARS
 Bartlett, Bosc, and Red Pears are approaching peak harvest; quality is excellent!
   
  ALERT!  TOMATOES
Tropical Storm Sergio and Hurricane Willa brought even more heavy rain to Baja and western Mexico, slowing the harvest and affecting quality of Grape, Round, and Roma Tomatoes. In the East, central Florida's harvest has begun but not fully ramped up. Nationwide the best buys are 5x6 or smaller Rounds, and Grapes are a better value than Cherries. Quality is good to fair across all varietals and sizes
       
 
   
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HERBS   KALE   LETTUCES   MUSHROOMS   POTATOES  
HARD SQUASHES   SWEET POTATOES   SWISS CHARD
 
 


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