Due to the weather issues that struck Idaho and surrounding growing area’s during the early freeze of this years growing season, accompanied with the holiday surge and limited run time during the last couple weeks, there is a extremely limited supply of larger potatoes in …
A report from Idaho shippers the we received as follows: Dear Valued Customer,As you may have heard or have seen, Idaho is experiencing record breaking cold weather this week. Asignificant freeze began late last night, and it is supposed to last through Friday. While the …
We are still shipping storage crop Burbanks and supplies are getting increasingly tighter. Quality is average, as to be expected with the age that these spuds have on them, cuts and cracks are going to be present and sizing across the country is to the smaller side of the spec. Market is strong and most shippers have went “price day of ship.” Demand exceeds supply. We anticipate the market to continue to increase steadily as we work closer to August and new crop. Supplies for new crop Norkotah’s are reported to be a week or so behind schedule. Shippers are wanting to manage supplies to prevent any gaps. We continue to need lead time on any orders to prevent delays in delivery.
Washington has decent supplies and is anticipated to have new crop russets next week. We will have a size and price report later in the week as they get an idea what the new crop will produce.
Colorado supplies are extremely tight. Getting any mixer loads out is taking 2-5 days lead time to get product.
Red and Gold potatoes are also in a transition period. Idaho has been done with their supplies for a couple weeks and supplies in other parts of the country are extremely tight and in high demand. There are some supplies in Washington and Texas, but not enough to supply all orders. Big lake, MN will have supplies of reds July 29th and golds 4-5 days later. Idaho grown reds and yellows are projected to start early September.
Demand has steadied in the last week. Prices have leveled out. Demand for Yellows is good, as well as whites. The red onion market has softened some. New Mexico has done a great job for the summer season with quality and supplies. California has had spotty quality and inconsistent supplies so we have not pulled much from that region, especially where we can get a freight advantage out of New Mexico. They will continue to have supplies throughout August but we are waiting to see how Idaho/Eastern Oregon supplies will effect the market. The outlook is first or second week of August for the northwest to enter the market with good supplies. That should relieve this high market if Idaho/Eastern Oregon has the type of crop they anticipate.
We continue to have good supplies of larger fruit, especially Red’s and Fuji’s. Smaller apples for school biz are in high demand as the school year gets closer to returning from summer break. Best deals there are on reds and some cripps pink. Golds are extremely tight on all sizes as most shippers have finished up for the season there. We will start to see some early varieties of new crop being packed next week and will trickle in as we move closer to fall. Hopefully new crop will bring more supplies of smaller apples to help that market. Pears and Cherries are available but will be finishing up soon.
Refrigerated freight will continue to tighten up in onion regions as the temps across the country rise. Potato and apple reefers are available daily and there seems to be more trucks than loads in Idaho. We have carriers ready to roll in all area’s for potatoes, onions, and apples. Call us and we can get the product on the road for you.
EXTREME Transportation Market We are almost one month into the official start date of the mandatory E-log implementation and we are seeing a major impact on the market. There are multiple negative factors at play as is always the case this time of year: Holidays, …
8/8/19 POTATOES: Idaho is still shipping 90% storage crop Burbanks this week. Some southern Idaho shippers have started new crop Norkotah’s this week but supplies are limited as there are only 2-3 growers starting this week. A few more will start next week, and the eastern Idaho shippers don’t project to start until the 19th. Supplies will remain tight until everyone comes in with good supplies of new crop at the end of the month. The market has started out strong on new crop, about $2 more than the current burbank market, which has steadily climbed in the previous weeks due to limited supplies. Expect it to remain this way at least until the end of the month.
Washington has new crop russet norkotahs and we have shipped a few loads out of there this week. Quality seems good and the sizes profile available is more evenly distributed. We can continue to use new crop WA as need be until Idaho has a better selection of Idaho grown norks.
Colorado Russets still remain tight, but this week we have been able to get loads out in a reasonable amount of time. The market has been creeping up, especially on the larger size boxes.
ONIONS: We are now shipping onions out of 4 major growing areas. New Mexico, California, Idaho/Eastern Oregon, and Washington. The onion market was really strong for most of the summer, but as we predicted, it has softened now that the Northwest has entered the market. Demand has still been good in most area’s which has kept the bottom from falling out of the market. More shippers in the Idaho/Eastern Oregon will start next week, but some New Mexico shippers will start to clean up and finish for the year. We will have to keep a close eye on this market going forward as the price will all depend on how many supplies are left in the country, and we transition almost fully to Idaho/Eastern Oregon in the coming weeks.
We shipped the first 2019 loads out of the Idaho/Eastern Oregon region this week. Quality looks good as well as supplies. Peaking mostly on Jumbo and colossal which is typical but Supers will be available as well. Reds are in good supply, and whites are a little tight but available. We anticipate that the market will continue to flux as more shippers get fired up. Call us for new crop onions!
APPLES: Supplies continue to get tighter on most varieties in Washington. CA crop is winding down a little early and looks like some items will gap through August. The best buys are on Reds and pink ladies. Gold delicious are very few and far between and the market continues to get stronger. New crop Jonagold will start as early as next week, but gold delicious are about a month away from new ones. August will be challenging to get all of the varieties/sizes we need, but once we get into September we should be rocking and rolling again with all varieties.
Freight: As the onion market moves into Idaho/E Oregon it will place a higher demand on Reefers in that region. The bulk of the onions and potatoes are coming out of Idaho/Oregon increasing the load to truck ratio very quickly. Rates have not increased much all summer but we like to keep a close eye on it during transition periods. We have trucks on standby in all area’s for potatoes, onions, and apples, so call us and we can get your produce on the road!
LOGISTICS We have partnered with many great freight companies, ranging from single owner operators, to large fleets. We have experienced carriers that are seasoned in hauling produce. They are strategically located in the major growing area’s and accustomed to hauling to the Midwest and Southeast, this gives us …
POTATOES We offer a wide variety of potatoes from all of the major growing regions. The “Famous Idaho Potato” is our biggest commodity, including Russet Norkotah variety and the Russet Burbank. We also offer Russets from other growing regions including Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida, and Washington. …
Every year we follow the onion growing regions as they transition from the north west, down to south TX, then over to the west coast, and finally into New Mexico. It is challenging to stay on top of these markets as they are ever changing and sometimes overlapping regions. We are talking to these growers and shippers every day so that you don’t miss important changes in the market, or miss opportunities that may arise. We specialize in the “Spanish onions”. We offer yellow, white, and reds in all of the different sizes and packages that are available. We use a variety of different equipment to haul onions. Reefers, Vented Vans, and Flatbeds are all good option depending on the time of year. Call us with your specific request for these stinky vegetables. We can deliver full loads or LTL’s for all of your foodservice or retail needs.