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Artichoke market hums along

Aside from a mid-March blip in the market, artichokes have enjoyed a routine spring with strong supplies and steady demand.

Pandemic clobbers pineapple market

Total volume of pineapple for 2020 has dropped 50 percent from mid-February to mid-May compared to 2019.

Lots of cauliflower at low prices

Cauliflower prices are low, and volume and quality are strong. It looks to be another case of a crop planted before any pandemic knowledge, and now there are more supplies than demand.

Carrot markets remain steady through spring

Fresh carrots appear immune from the pandemic as domestic and import volumes have remained in normal ranges. Likewise, pricing has been steady from California and Georgia, while Mexican imports have seen prices double in the past month.

Mango prices struggle during pandemic

Mango prices struggle to reach pre-pandemic levels as spring sees a volume surge. In mid-March, as stay-at-home orders began and restaurants closed, prices dropped, but by mid-April, they showed a bump up.

Cherry season starts strong

California cherry season started strong with volume rising daily. Prices have dropped slightly since the start of May but remain higher than last year at the same time.

Sweet onions find low prices

Sweet onion supplies appear normal and healthy, but unfortunately, the market is anything but.

Grape market spring transition sped up by pandemic

Chile’s grape season is ending faster than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but prices have stayed steady this spring.

Avocados rebound from pandemic hit

Even the avocado market was affected when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the economy in mid-March, but it appears to have resumed its normal season.

Pandemic takes toll on romaine market

Romaine prices have struggled this year, particularly after mid-March stay-at-home orders closed restaurant dining rooms. Volume since early March has been below average, but it still reflects pre-pandemic plantings.

Mushrooms enjoy strong retail spring

Aside from a slight volume and price blip in mid-March when lockdown orders began, mushrooms have enjoyed a strong 2020 at retail.

Lemon struggles pre-date pandemic

Even with meager volumes pre-dating the pandemic, lemon prices remain lower than previous seasons.

Pear supplies falling fast

Late season pear volumes are dropping faster than normal, which may have helped keep prices stable during the pandemic.

Tomato prices on the rise

Tomato prices are on the rise as spring volumes are well below average. F.O.B.s from Mexico have doubled in the past several weeks.

Garlic market heats up

Garlic prices have doubled in the past few months, even before the pandemic, and now volume has crashed, likely the result of disrupted supply chains.

Low demand cuts lime prices in half

While Mexican lime volume has been inconsistent this spring, prices have been steadily below average, offering buyers a good opportunity.

Strawberry market ripe for Mother’s Day promotions

With Mother’s Day less than two weeks away, strawberry volume looks to stabilize from California, while prices remain low but in a normal range.

Sweet potato volume drops to meet demand

After a mid-March stock-up spike, sweet potato volume has been steadily decreasing along with demand. Prices, however, have been steady the last few months.

Stability returns to apple market

Apple volumes are returning to normal levels after a panic-buy surge and then slump in March.

Cabbage market shows little pandemic effect

Cabbage prices have been low the past two months, and volume has dropped significantly from its pre-St. Patrick’s Day surge.

Asparagus market regains strength

 

Stronger pricing has returned to the asparagus market, as volume has had a more dramatic drop.

Pandemic strangles strong cantaloupe season

Imported cantaloupes saw strong volumes and a rising market until a mid-March crash caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Onion, potato struggles see no end

Onion and potato markets continue to struggle with too much product and not enough outlets.

Costa Rican pineapple exporters see big drop during pandemic

About 175 pineapple producers are being affected by the drop in exports due to low worldwide demand, the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers (CANAPEP) told Diario Extra, a Costa Rican news agency.

Bell Pepper volume crashes to meet fading demand

Bell pepper prices dropped in half after the mid-March stay-at-home orders forced restaurants and institutions to close and consumers shifted almost exclusively to retail.

Blueberry market stabilizes during pandemic

Blueberry prices dropped in late March as national stay-at-home orders affected consumers, but the market has been stable and volumes very similar to previous years.

Avocados fare better than most during pandemic

Many fruits and vegetables saw plummeting demand followed by lower volumes as most Americans sheltered-in-place, panic bought at grocery, and then showed little demand with restaurants and institutions closed.

California strawberries enter uncertain market

Strawberry marketers face an unprecedented market as supplies transition from Florida and Mexico to California.

As restaurants close, so goes lettuce and tomato demand

Lettuce and tomato volumes and prices dropped in the past few weeks as consumer demand cratered following the shutdown of many of the nation’s restaurants.

Citrus market looks for strength in retail

This year’s Mexican lime crop has been large and high quality, and through the first half of March demand was keeping up.

Broccoli, cauliflower see demand fall during pandemic

Broccoli and cauliflower are two more vegetables that have seen consumer demand drop since the mid-March retail surge as cities around the United States issues shelter-in-place orders.

Potato, onion prices plummet after earlier strength

As millions of Americans were told to shelter-in-place in mid-March and grocery stores because one of the few food outlets available to them, people bought food at amazing levels.

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