November 26th, 2014
The tomato market remains elevated. Supply is still light and demand is steady. Florida growers continue to deal with rain this week meaning production has been sluggish. Growers from Eastern Mexico are producing fruit but not enough to satisfy demand. Romas have been short in availability and prices are high. Roma quality has been mixed. Many loads reportedly have extensive quality problems. Hurricane Odile wiping out the growing regions around La Paz is to blame for the state of the market.
Mature greens from Florida are light in color but generally good quality. Supply is behind and everything was preordered five to seven days ago. Mexican growers anticipate the first crossing in the middle to end of December.
Vine-ripe tomatoes are in light supply from Central and Eastern Mexico. Supply should increase by mid-December, pending favorable growing conditions.
Romas? What Romas? Romas are very light supply. Florida growers have only handfuls at the moment. Mexican operations are starting to trickle in, but strong production will not start until the third or fourth week of December.
Grapes and Cherries:
Grape and cherry tomatoes are also light. The holiday does increase demand for these varieties and we are in the middle of another price spike. Supply should increase, again by mid-December.
Mexican greenhouse tomato supply is slowly increasing. With the market at its current state buyers have subbed one-layer tomatoes and prices have remained higher.
Organic round, roma, cherry tomatoes have been nonexistent, with only handfuls available at a time. Organic TOVs have surprisingly been in decent supply. Supply in general will likely improve by mid-December
Heirlooms are nearly impossible. We are loading anything we can, but availability is unpredictable and the logistics have been a challenge in loading single or less than pallet quantities.
We are thankful for your business, and we hope you have a wonderful Holiday!
Tomato Market Report November 26th
November 26th, 2014