Western Produce Shipments are in Fall Mode

Western Produce Shipments are in Fall Mode

dscn7479Western produce shipments out of California, Washington and Arizona are making their typical fall season moves.

We are about a month into the fall produce shipping season and it is very much still in a transitional period for fresh fruit and vegetable shipments.  Some items are increasing in volume, others are in a seasonal decrease, yet we have some products that are a few weeks, if not months away from changes – meanwhile remaining in a fairly steady amount of shipments from week to week.

California Produce Shipments

Table grape shipments out of the San Joaquin Valley in recent years have been one of the more steady, reliable items for hauling – with generally good quality that certainly reduces issues with claims or deductions in freight paid.  This situation should continue for another six to eight weeks before a seasonal decline takes place making way for imported grapes led by Chile.  California’s late season grape volume is averaging over 1900 truck loads per week…..The Central Joaquin Valley also is having consistent loadings with mature green and romas tomatoes – around 650 loads weekly.  A little further south in Kern County, California carrots are averaging about 375 truck load equivalents per week.

It has been a rather ho-hum shipping season for vegetables out of the Salinas Valley.  Still, loadings have been pretty consistent lately and should remain so for a few more weeks before a seasonal decline.  Among the larger volume items are head lettuce, romaine, celery, broccoli and cauliflower.  These five items combined are averaging over 3700 truck loads per week.

California grapes – grossing about $6200 to New York City.

Washington Apple Shipments

Apple loadings out of the Yakima and Wenatchee valleys have yet to hit stride in the new season, but are increasing on a weekly basis.  This week about 500 truck load equivalents should be moved.  Pear shipments from the same area also are increasing.

Washington apples and pears – grossing about $4200 to Chicago.

Arizona Produce Shipments

As the Westside district in the San Joaquin Valley comes to a conclusion for melon shipments led by cantaloupe and honeydew, the fall transition to central and western Arizona is underway.  Arizona cantaloupe volume is on the rise, and honeydew will follow in a couple of weeks.