In partnership with Four Seasons Produce, OPN will be providing brief organic commodity updates. These snapshots are designed to provide an overview of the availability, production and sourcing areas, as well as pricing guidance.
Organic Beefsteak and Cluster Tomato prices are rising this week as supplies from Mexico and Canada are tightening up. Quality has been excellent, but with cooler temps, and artificial lights being used instead of natural sunlight, harvests have been much lighter. Organic Roma Tomato prices are coming off some this week as new fields in Mexico are starting up. These will be new crop and quality will be excellent.
January is an excellent time to promote Organic Hass Avocados, thanks to good quality, along with the consumer mindset of healthy eating to start off the New Year. Ads, promotions, and creative displays can really drive sales. Organic Hass Avocados growers and suppliers are playing a little catchup following the harvesting break between Christmas and New Year’s. For now, pricing remains reasonable, even as growers seek to raise the market leading up to the “Big Game” at the beginning of February.
Broccoli & Cauliflower
Organic Broccoli continues to see steady availability at a realistic price point. This is a promotable Diet Season item for mid-January. As the month moves along, expect supplies to slightly tighten and pricing may rise as well. Organic Cauliflower is now in strong supply to kick of January due to improving growing conditions in Yuma, AZ and So-Cal. Look for good pricing, strong supplies, and excellent quality for much of January!
Organic Blackberries and Raspberries out of Mexico have firmed up in price due to better demand, and some rain and cold weather. Organic Blueberries have tightened for mid-January due to a decline in quality/availability out of Argentina and Peru, which has shifted more demand to Chile. Also, growers in Mexico have battled cool, rainy weather. Importers are experiencing backlogs at the ports due to Covid and the holidays. Organic Strawberries are in very sporadic supply out of Florida, Southern California, and Mexico. This is primarily due to the rain and cold weather. Prices are up and shippers are prorating.
Organic Mandarins continue in peak season! Organic Blood Oranges are now in season. Demand is very strong to start. Shippers are peaking on 113ct and smaller. There will be some larger fruit available for a premium price.California Organic Lemons are in firm but steady supply as Mexico is finished. The New Year demand has kicked in, so expect higher prices. Organic Grapefruit continue in peak season from California and Mexico.
Organic Celery and Celery Hearts are in extremely light volume in early January. Expect to see pro-rates and gaps in supplies in early to mid-January. The situation is not expected to improve until late January or early February. A combination of weather-related issues finishing the Oxnard, CA season early, extra demand from “Diet Season”, and the Mexican season starting late, has resulted in the shortage. Multiple shippers are without production until mid to end of January, causing extreme demand on those suppliers that do have product.
Organic Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers from Israel have steady harvest yields and pricing was beginning to improve. Air space to import the peppers still remains the top obstacle and adding extra cost to the product, driving the total cost up in January. Organic Color Bell Peppers from Mexico are still lighter on production and pricing is expensive, so look for sporadic availability in January from this region.
Organic Cucumbers from Mexico continue to yield strong quality and volumes at excellent price points. This is a promotable Diet Season item! Organic Seedless Cucumbers remain steady this week. Supplies are good coming out of Mexico and quality is very nice. Organic Mini Seedless Cucumbers will be priced high this week as supplies are very light.
We will see Organic Red Potatoes out of Manitoba, Canada finish up towards the end of January. At which point, we will transition over to some slightly more expensive Organic Red and Gold Potatoes out of Idaho.
Apples & Pears
Washington Organic Ambrosia, Cosmic Crisp, Envy, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Juici, Lady Alice, Opal, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Rockit, and SugarBee Apples are tightening up due to “Diet Season,” a smaller crop than originally predicted, and high freight rates. Washington Organic Green Anjou, Red Anjou, and Golden Russet Bosc Pears are in firmer supply with rising prices and high freight rates. Washington Organic Seckel Pears are done for the season.