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Banana Imports to Increase; Limes and Brussel Sprout Show Bigger Volumes

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A3Larger volume shipments are being reported for bananas, limes and Brussel sprouts.

Imported bananas have been light in recent months because of inclement weather and other unfavorable conditions in numerous banana producing countries.

However, supplies are expected to improve in coming weeks, although the first quarter of 2018 has presented serious challenges.

About 85 percent  of bananas shipped to the U.S. in 2017 came from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Honduras.   American importers have reported issues affecting production in three of those four countries as well as in others.

Temperatures have been as much as 10 degrees below normal for several weeks in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, slowing fruit growth, production and yield.

There also has been excess rainfall and flooding in Costa Rica and Panama that have damaged plantations, infrastructure, roads and bridges.  There also has been high winds and waves causing delays in shipping. Combine these factors with national instability and supply interruptions in Honduras, and the result supplies being much tighter than normal.

Lime Imports

Rain in Mexico’s Veracruz growing region reduced lime imports by the U.S., but observers expect improved shipments by the middle of April.  The f.o.b. price on limes had doubled from mid February to mid March.  Erratic weather in Mexico often makes March a difficult time of year for the lime shipments and so far in 2018 it hasn’t been any different.

Mexico provided 93 percent of total U.S. lime imports in mid-March, with the remaining light volume from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru.  Lime volume should return to normal levels by May.

Brussel Sprouts

It seems Brussels sprouts may be the latest trendy vegetable in America and that has led to increased production and shipments.

The volume of fresh Brussels sprouts shipped hit 78.9 million pounds, up 9 percent during the past year. Domestic fresh Brussels sprout shipments totaled 3.03 million 25-pound cartons in 2016, up from 752,000 cartons in 2010.  Imported  fresh Brussels sprouts totaled 4.5 million (25-pound) cartons, up from 1.06 million cartons in 2010.

In California, 2016 USDA statistics show peak shipments of Brussels sprouts occurred in November, when 22 percent of the state’s crop was shipped.  The four-month period of September through December accounted for 68 percent of the state’s total Brussels sprouts shipments.

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National Shipping Update: Bananas, Grapes, Avocados, E. Apples

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Here’s a national shipping round up on imported bananas, grapes and avocados from California, as well as Eastern apples.

Banana imports, particularly from Gulfport, MS, are expected to increase as fall kicks in and summer peaches, strawberries and other fruit shipments decline.  Banana imports are generally expected to be stable for the next several months from such countries as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Peru.

Among the larger banana handlers are Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc.; Turbana Corp. of Coral Gables, FL; and Dole Food Co. of Westlake Village, CA.

California Grape Shipments

Grape loadings in mid-October were similar to last year with about 79.8 million pounds of grapes shipped in the U.S. the week ending October 10th, up slightly from 79.1 million pounds in the same week in 2014.  Season-to-date, about 2.34 billion pounds had been shipped through October 10th, up from 2.23 billion pounds last year.

Central San Joaquin Valley grape and other produce shipments – grossing about $5200 of Atlanta.

California Avocado Shipments

Avocado shipments were up significantly in mid-October with about 50.8 million pounds of avocados shipped in the U.S. in the week ending October 10th, up from 32.1 million pounds last year at the same time.  Season-to-date volumes also are up, climbing from 706 million pounds through October 10th, 2014, to 795 million pounds this year.

Southern California avocado, citrus and vegetable shipments – grossing about $4300 to Chicago.

Eastern Apple Shipments

Apple shippers east of the Mississippi River are reporting brisk movement, in part, due to less volume expected out of Washington state this season.

As of mid-October, New York apple shipments were on schedule to meet, if not exceed, the preseason estimate of 27.5 million boxes.  While no record shipments are being forecast, the volume is in line with the 5-year average for shipments.

Michigan also is having strong demand for its apples, and is running ahead of last year in terms of shipments.  Harvest should be completed by the end of this month.

Western Michigan apple shipments – grossing about $800 to Chicago.

Hudson Valley New York apple shipments – grossing about $2400 to Orlando.

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