Apple selection is strong, with some deals coming up as more CA rooms open up.
Avocado quality is excellent with strong arrivals.
Grapefruit arrives early Friday AM – sorry for the delay, but Mexico takes the Holiday season much more seriously so we had some packing delays. Quality is excellent as we transition from Red Ruby to Star Ruby over the next few weeks. This fruit just continues to outperform all others – for shelf life, brix and flavour.
Blueberry pricing is dropping quickly, with CA containers now arriving from Chile fast and furious.
First Peruvian mangos are in. This Honeyblush variety will arrive rock hard green, but will blush up fast into a rainbow of colours – finally turning all gold when it’s sitting on someone’s kitchen table. That increases our Fair Trade selection to 5 fruit items – worthy of some great displays.
Please ask for any promo material you want on Fair Trade or these particular growers. We’re off to Chile in a couple of days. We introduced the first fruit coop in Chile (Green Tribe) to move to Fair Trade 3 years ago, and since then there has been an explosion of interest, with 9 different NGOs promoting fair trade, and many coops producing avocado, grapes, apples, blueberries, pears, kiwi and wine grapes are now certified.
Weather seems consistent in all southern growing areas, although night time temperatures are expected to chill-off in a few days. Supply remains tight on slow-growers, including celery, but the over-winter spring crops of broccoli, cauli and others are starting to emerge, which should ease the market shortly. Last year we couldn’t get enough yellow and orange peppers, so of course everyone grew lots more, and less red, so expect to see lower prices on yellow/orange and higher on red.
Tomato quality is excellent!