Posts Tagged “Arizona potato shipments”

Good Produce Volume for Haulers Leading up to Memorial Day

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DSCN5240Here’s a glimpse nationally at shipping areas such as Florida spring vegetables, potatoes from Arizona and looking ahead a few weeks to peaches from New Jersey, as well as with Mexican grapes.

Florida vegetable shipments are still moving in good volume and nothing is probably providing more loading opportunities than sweet corn.  Big volumes are expected  through the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.  In recent weeks Florida sweet corn shipments have exceeded 1 million crates per week!…..After the holiday, Florida corn will be declining, but South Georgia will start shipping corn in late May with much bigger volumes in early June.

South Florida watermelons have been commanding the best trucks – grossing about $4000 to New York City.  That’s about 25% more than rates for Florida red potatoes and nearly 20% more than Florida veggies.


Arizona Potato Shipments

Arizona red potato shipments kicked off about a week ago and now the yellow and mini potato varieties will get going any day now.  Most of the potatoes are grown and shipped from an area South of Phoenix in the Casa Grande area.

Mexican Grape Shipments

Since there is still a lot of imported Chilean grapes in the distribution pipeline, some Mexican shippers have delayed shipments for a relatively short period of time.  Grapes imported from Mexico are expected to be similar in volume to a year ago with a little over 16 million boxes.  The 2014 crop  finished at 16.2 million boxes.

New Jersey Peach Shipments

Looking ahead several weeks, New Jersey peach shipments will get underway in July and continue into September.

New Jersey is the fourth largest peach shipping state in the country, with approximately 80 orchards on 5,500 acres.



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Watermelon Loads Shifting from Mexico to the U.S.; Other Items Starting Out of Arizona, Washington

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IMG_5321With Mexican watermelon shipments coming across the border ending soon, here’s three states looking to take up the slack.  There also are a couple of shipping areas becoming active with other items in the west.

Mexican watermelon volume is rapidly coming to a close, but it is a slow start for the new watermelon season in Florida and Texas.

Immokalee watermelon shipments started in early May, with decent volume finally arriving this week – just in time for Memorial Day arrivals.  Mexico had some late season disease problems with watermelons and you need to use caution loading Florida melons, as similar problems are being reported.

Texas Watermelon Shipments

Texas watermelon shipments are running a little late and good volume is not expected before May 2oth, meaning for the most part shipments will come after Memorial Day.  Again, we on the look out for what you put in the truck as quality problems may exist due to high winds and other factors.  Another concern is if hot weather arrives, the melons could suffer from being on the plants too long.  This will not be one of the larger volume crops Texas has had.

Arizona Watermelon Shipments

Yuma watermelons should be getting underway in light volume this week.  Average yield and good quality are being reported.

Arizona Potato Shipments

Red and yellow potato loadings from the Elroy, AZ , just southeast of Phoenix, have started and should conintue until about July 4. Mini reds, mini yellows and purple varieties of spuds should ship through August.

Walla Walla Onion Shipments

Walla Walla sweet onions are expected to begin shipments up to 10 days behind typical starts.  The onions  are grown on 600 acres.  Volume should be normal,   which would  amount to around 600,000 40-pound cartons for the season.  Shipments should ramp up towards the end of June and run through mid-August.

Florida watermelons, veggies and other items – grossing about $3600 to Chicago; $4800 to New York City.

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