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DLJ Produce

market report 1-15 to 1-21

Table Grapes

Red Seedless

A tight week of red seedless grape availability continues. Arrivals on both coasts remain below average on total volume between Peru and Chile. This means an empty pipeline will struggle to get caught up. The same situation is expected on both Coasts, with importers cleaning up arrivals as they land. Expect this to remain a tight market with high FOB’s until Chilean brings volume on with vessels in early February. Avoid promoting red seedless until import volume increases. First Chilean break bulk to the West Coast is delayed further to a 1/17 release start, but still expected to remain tight even with a greater influx of fruit. New varieties will take over, once we finally see fruit.

Green Seedless

Green seedless grapes remain extremely tight, even more non-existent then reds. Peru and Chile have both sucked wind up to this point, with supplies not enough to sustain considerable demand. Supplies of Sweet Globe, Ivory and Sugraone have been arriving regularly, but not in enough volume to fill demand on both coasts. Light supplies on the West expect to keep supplies tight and FOB’s very strong as we get close to the first Chilean vessel on 1/17 release. Expect an extremely tight 10 – 14 days on green until the Chilean season officially kicks off with the first vessel. No promotional volume is expected until February due to the vortex we currently exist in.

Black Seedless

 Continued supplies of both Sweet Favor and Melody remain available from Peru. As there are supplies currently available early, expect a gap in availability between Peru finish and Chile start on volume. Decent supplies are on both Coast to fill mixer volume. Continue to mix black seedless in with the other colors. Black seedless will be the most reliable volume of all the seedless grapes currently but will flip quickly once the variety gaps hit.

Red Globe

Avoid red globe. Supplies from Piura, Peru have finished importing into the U.S., with a complete lack of any available fruit on either coast. Ica, Peru is slow to start and mostly exporting any early fruit to Asia. Both Coasts will see almost zero Red Globe for 2 – 3 weeks. Pull out of store guides until late January to be safe.

Tree Fruit – Imports

Cherries

A combination of both air flight and vessel arrivals cherries will continue this week from both Chile and Argentina, but still short even during the “peak” of the season. Air flight will stay focused on Argentina. FOB pricing remains high due to the Chilean crop coming in way short on vessel arrival volume, mostly due to growing condition weather. Expect this to remain the same as the see the first vessel arrive. The West will see its first break bulk vessel on 1/17. With the huge demand going into the first vessel arrivals, the market is expected to remain very tight and only promotable for a few weeks in mid-January to late January. With an early February finish expected.

Peach

Limited arrivals have started on both Coasts, with fruit peaking on smaller volume fills. Fruit has come in and moved fast, focusing on 56’s and some larger. Supplies will be non-existent until the first vessel arrivals on the West on January 17th. Almost time to start up and move into early Chilean tree fruit, but be very cautious on the start due to inevitable gaps in supply. Even vessel arrivals will be light until volume builds in more productive, stronger varieties.

Plums / Pluots

Chile will start in mid to late January on first plum varieties.

Nectarine

Following right behind peaches, with the first East Coast containers have begun to arrive. The West will follow behind in mid-January on the vessel. Don’t promote until vessel volume increases in late January. Some limited amounts of fruit will start working through the system, until promotional volume begins in late January. Right now, supplies are too inconsistent to start programing.

Import Citrus

Clems

Cold weather and rains looks to persist in Central CA, with some freezing temps nipping at growers. Promotions will still remain for all of 2024 will be in full swing and ready to drive additional sales. Avoid large promotions outside of the three main players for CA easy peelers, as some light rain and variety gaps may slow down industry volume. The market remains in fairly good demand. Quality looks to be strong, as growers work to avoid any freeze damage.

Oranges

Avoidance of freeze and rain will be the biggest effect on the navel orange crop. California navels remain at their peak, with size peaking on 48’s and 56’s. Smaller fruit has become extremely limited, so anything smaller than 113’s is extremely tight and 88’s is beginning to feel pressure. Natural color has come on and gassing is no longer needed. Continue to focus on navel promotions now through May, but mostly on larger sized fruit for the entire season.

Lemons

Last week’s rains will slow down harvest, but most growers are still waiting for color on Central CA fields. Size demands remain focused 115’s, 140’s and 165’s. Demand continues to keep FOB pricing relatively strong and moving at a steady pace. Quality and size will peak moving into January and allow for better stable supplies moving into 2024. Avoidance on freeze or long stretches of rain will be key for the Central CA crop.

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