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BALDOR'S MARKET UPDATE

[Please note: Availability & sourcing are subject to change.]

Top Stories | February 2024

Tight on Tomatoes

Tight on Tomatoes

Cold weather is negatively impacting Mexico tomato production. The country usually contributes significantly to the overall supply, but it’s been a slow start, which is keeping the market elevated. This is not only affecting rounds, Romas, grapes, and cherries, but all snacking tomatoes as well, such as NatureSweet, Sunset, and Del Cabo. The better news is that yellow beefsteaks and heirlooms are in good supply, andwe’re seeing good availability from Florida’s Lady Moon Farms on organic grapes, Sungolds, and mixed medley.

Berry Shortage

Berry Shortage

There is currently a short supply of strawberries, stem strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. (Blueberries are not impacted.) Severe rain and cold weather in key growing regions of California and Florida have significantly reduced the availability of these products. We are turning to other partners across the globe to make sure we have some stock, but we expect reduced availability up to Valentine’s Day. Stay flexible for the next few days—alternative pack sizes and/or substitutes may be required to help fulfill orders. 

Limited Lettuces

Limited Lettuces

Tender leaf greens are in short supply—primarily arugula and baby kale, but spring mix and baby spinach are also being affected. Unseasonable cold temperatures in Southern CA and AZ growing regions hampered crop growth. The cold was followed by extreme rain that caused significant flooding, damaging the product and making harvesting difficult. The final weather event was heat—and the product that survived became yellow and mildewed. We expect reduced availability and shorter-than-usual shelf life through mid-February at least.  

“Frost-Kissed” Artichokes

“Frost-Kissed” Artichokes

Cold temperatures in Southern CA’s Coachella region are causing some browning toartichoke petals. This is only cosmetic and will not be noticeable once cooked. However, retailers should be aware of the condition so they can merchandise accordingly until the situation resolves. 

Cocoa Prices Still High

Cocoa Prices Still High

Increased cocoa prices can be attributed to a supply deficit, plain and simple: Cocoa yields have been down in Africa, Indonesia, and Brazil due to crop diseases and adverse weather conditions. While the popularity oforganic, vegan, sugar free chocolate is growing, sky-high prices will inevitablystart to dampen that demand, which is why market watchdogs suspect that prices will come down as we move further into 2024.  

Spring Specialty Produce Planner

Spring Specialty Produce Planner

Just in time for our menu planning, we’ve put together a Spring Specialty Produce Planning Guide! Based on arrival dates from previous years and ETA’s from our farm partners, these are our best predictions for our arrivals.