Bondi Produce Market Report October 2nd 2023

We are starting to transition squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, hot pepper, and bell pepper to South Georgia. The hot pepper market remains very active but starting to see more inventory become available – Habanero and serrano seem to be the shortest. Table grape markets are extreme due to severe losses and impacts of Hurricane Hillary and pineapples remain short which we expect to continue through October.

The start of the Aventajada avocado harvest is a very good sign for a smooth transition into Q4. Historically, this timeframe has experienced gaps in supply with multiple transitions occurring simultaneously. While Peru and California are making their exit, Mexico has been comfortably increasing volume week-over-week. The size curve doesn’t quite match demand. The pricing spread between the 48s and 60s will continue to narrow over the next few weeks. Additionally, we can expect the market on smaller sizes to stay tight, and it’ll be a number of weeks before extra-large fruit becomes readily available.

In California, Huron lettuce, romaine, and leaf items will start the week of Oct 16th, so we are only 2 weeks away and early reports are quality is good.