California prices continue to rise. The red market continues to tighten, and larger sizes are drying up at a faster rate. The late-season Allisons are ranging in size more, bringing the average closer to a 12/16th of an inch compared to a 14/16th of an inch that was seen earlier in the season. Size has remained larger on the greens through the end of the season (averaging 14/16th of an inch). There is still availability on black seedless and globes, but available volume ranges depending on the grower. Most growers are not taking in new business due to needing what is left in inventory for committed business through the end of the season. Pricing is expected to rise, potentially higher on the reds depending on how demand is this week.
Imports – Brazil/Peru
The transition between California and import greens is looking to be smooth. Normally, greens are tighter at the end of the season, and importers race to get greens into the East. This year, reds are going to be the challenge. There are some reds available in the East, with large quantities on the water. With California averaging smaller sizing and volume quickly decreasing, some retailers are starting to pay a premium for import reds that are available in the East. It will largely depend on how long California is able to continue, but many East Coast retailers are looking to transition both reds and greens before the holidays. Import volume arriving to the West Coast is expected to pick up mid-December.
The majority of the fruit being packed for the end of the season are Allisons, with some Scarlottas and Timcos. Allisons and Crimsons have started to arrive out of Peru. Sizing has continued to average 12-14/16th of an inch on most varieties.
Autumn Kings are the primary variety being harvested. Quality has not been an issue so far, but growers are keeping a close eye now that the end of the season is approaching. Sizing is averaging 13-15/16th of an inch. Sweet Globes, Sugar Crisps, and Sugraones have started to arrive for import greens. Sizing is averaging 13-15/16th of an inch.
Autumn Royals are almost finished out of California. Import black grapes will start to arrive out of Peru to the U.S. in mid-December.
The season is coming to an end on the red globes in California. There is expected to be enough volume to bridge the gap until arrivals of the first imports. Average sizing is 14/16th-1 inch.
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