Here is the latest produce market report for Grapes and Citrus from your National produce supplier covering November 25 to November 30, 2019.
Table Grapes Market Report
Red Seedless Grapes
This week will see the last harvest of field packed red seedless, with the remainder of the crop either in the barn or in pick totes in the cooler. Growers will finish picking the last of their Allison and Crimson seedless, with the balance left to hold over to meet demand.
Supplies are down on red seedless compared to 2018 and quality concerns have growers looking to move supplies quickly and not hold onto fruit too long.
FOB prices will slowly start to firm over the next couple weeks, especially on fruit that has good quality and shelf life to stretch into later December. Continue to move red seedless, but expect most growers to be down over the next 2 – 3 weeks and overall an early finish to crop by mid to late December.
Green Seedless Grapes
The green seedless crop is finishing fast, at a much higher price than 2018. Crop volume is down significantly (almost 30% on Autumn King) and current inventories are at a low level. Field packing has finished and only a small amount of tote pack is left to go to finish off the season.
FOB pricing will continue to peak, based on good demand and overall lack of fruit in the industry. California will finish over the next 10 – 14 days and this is likely to create a gap period on both coasts, as import green seedless have only started to arrive in a light way in New Jersey. The West Coast will see a gap period on the green until imports arrive in better volume in January. Avoid promos on the tail end of the California crop, as FOB’s and quality will be unreliable.
The black seedless crop is virtually done, with only a small amount of fruit left in the system. Growers will continue to ship and supplies should carry for another 2 weeks, and then finish in early December. Quality will be the main focus. Some import arrivals will hit the East Coast in December, but the first arrivals to the West are not expected until January.
The red globe crop is finishing, with only light supplies left to go in California. East Coast customers have already begun to switch into imported Peruvian fruit. Supplies of CA fruit will finish over the new 2 weeks and retailers are advised to move into early imported globes on the West to keep the quality high.
Citrus Market Report
The CA clementine market will carry on steadily, with most growers finished / finishing with Satsuma and moving into traditional clementine varieties. The competition will be fierce with the 3 large shippers controlling most of the volume and market share. Some rains expected this week may slow harvest, but not enough to make an impact. Promote now through April.
Navel volume has slowly begun to increase, with more growers starting to harvest and gas times decreasing with better natural color in the field. Fruit size is still peaking on 88’s, with a fair share of 72’s and 113’s. Larger fruit will begin to become more prevalent as harvest continues and cooler weather allows for better color, sugar, and size. Crop volume appears to be normal, so plan on good navel promotions for a 5-month stretch.
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