Bondi Produce Market Report July 10th 2023

Cucumbers, beans, and corn are active this week as we continue the transition from South Georgia. The hot pepper market is very active this week as Sinaloa wraps up, Baja is late to start, and this is driving prices higher with strong demand on the Mexican national market keeping a majority of the Mexican crop in Mexico, with most active items are Serrano, Red Fresno and Shishito.
Tomatoes in the east are short as South Carolina begins to wind down for the season and transition is underway to Tennessee and North Carolina. In the west, lighter volume crossing in McAllen due to rainy conditions and cooler temps slowing production down while numbers continue to improve crossing through Otay from Baja. Melons, in the desert, will wrap up this week and we should start the transition to the Central Valley next week. Celery supplies are slowly improving in Salinas, the market is still very active, and we anticipate Celery supplies to start to improve the week of July 17th with much better volume the week of July 24th.
Avocado supplies saw a considerable increase over the past week and expected to increase weekly. Markets saw a decline in pricing. Some of the fruit is not meeting the minimum of 22% dry matter for import into the U.S. and considerable supply is not expected until mid-August. The weather in Mexico’s growing regions (Guanajuato and Baja) remains extremely hot, which has caused supply to decrease significantly, especially on larger sizes. Supplies are expected to increase slightly towards the end of July. Peruvian volumes are down by as much as 45-50% compared to last year due to weather issues (heat and hurricanes). Volumes are not expected to increase until mid to late August, depending upon spring weather.