Posts Tagged “Salinas Valley produce shipments”

Salinas Valley Produce Shipments Building in Volume

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Good hauling opportunities should happen this spring with fruit and vegetable shipments from California’s thanks primarily to near ideal weather conditions.

Monterey County, which encompasses the valley, produced about $2.8 billion worth of vegetables in 2018, the latest year for which statistics are available from the county agricultural commissioner’s office, and just over $1 billion worth of fruit.

Coastline Family Farms of Salinas will ship about 25 kinds of mixed vegetables, including iceberg lettuce, romaine, romaine hearts, leaf lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green onions, kale and spinach.

Coastline expects to be down overall with vegetable shipments, although its early season volume should be about the same as last year. Later season loadings look to be down because of fewer plantings due to competition from other growing areas during the peak growing season and because of the impact of COVID-19.

Misionero Vegetables LLC of Gonzalez, CA. has year-round programs for salads, value-added lettuces and mostly organic vegetables. The grower-shipper grows in the desert during the fall and winter and transitions back to the Salinas Valley for spring and summer. 

Bengard Ranch Inc. Salinas is shipping Iceberg lettuce, romaine, romaine hearts, broccoli, cauliflower, green leaf and red leaf. Additionally, the company is shipping celery from Oxnard that will switch to Salinas in June.

Lucky Strike Farms of Burlingame, CA notes while shipments are rolling along, distribution avenues are going to change drastically until restaurants open again. Although restaurants in California were closed because of the outbreak, more than half were open for takeout orders. The company handles a full line of vegetables, citrus, some melons and fruit.

California Giant Berry Farms of Watsonville, CA reports Salinas berries are showing good quality. It’s blackberry loadings got underway in May and continue. Raspberries started in mid May and blackberries should be ready for harvest by the middle of June.

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California Produce Shipments in Summer Mode

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108_0830+1Here’s a round up of opportunities for California produce shipments.

Complaints continue to be heard about the lousy westbound freight rates across the country.  There also isn’t a lot of excitement over refrigerated loads for fresh fruits and vegetables.  Even California seems subdued this summer, the West Coast is still your best bet.

Salinas Valley Produce Shipments

Adequate truck supplies seem to be the norm anymore in California.  The reasons given are numerous, but we won’t dwell on that now.

Head lettuce is accounting for around 1,000 truck loads per week in the Salinas Valley, but volume with other types of lettuce (romaine, leaf) are substantially lower.  There’s also the usual suspects in the fields ranging from celery to bell peppers, among many others.  In the nearby Watsonville district, strawberries are  finally in a consistent mode, with both volume and quality.  Over 900 truckloads of strawberries are being shipped each week.  The Santa Maria district just to the south of Salinas is shipping similar items, but in much less volume.

Salinas vegetables and Watsonville berries – grossing about $7000 to New York City.

San Joaquin Valley Produce Shipments

The heaviest volume out of the San Joaquin Valley now is probably grapes and cantaloupe.  Table grapes are heaviest in the Southern part of the valley closer to the Bakersfield area, but are gaining in volume as the season spreads northward in the valley.  Cantaloupe loadings are now good out of the Westside district of the San Joaquin Valley from places such as Firebaugh.  Both grapes and cantaloupes are averaging around 1,250 truckloads per week.

Growers in Fresno County ship almost 250,000 tons of cantaloupes from 11,400 acres.

Tomato shipments are now originating out of the central valley.  There’s also is moderate loadings with peaches.  Both items are averaging around 500 truck loads each per week.  Nectarines and plums also are being shipped, but in relatively light volume.

San Joaquin Valley produce – grossing about $4100 to Dallas.

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California: No Record Volume or Rates

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DSCN5367Here’s a round up of some of the major Western produce shipping areas including volume and freight rates.

California Produce Shipments

Big volume produce shipments continue out of both the Salinas Valley and the San Joaquin Valley of California.  We’re certainly not witnessing any record rates this year.  This is believed due to several factors.  For example the California drought most certainly has resulted in fewer plantings of fruits and vegetables.  Taking up at least some of the lack is Mexico that continues to increase production.  Mexico not only has cheaper labor and production costs, but fewer restrictive rules and regulations than California.

However, rates were generally stagnant or in many cases lower this week as there was a surplus in refrigerated equipment.  Rates on Salinas veggies plunged by double digits in some cases, as vegetable shipments have been less than spectacular this season – in part due to numerous shipping gaps.

Salinas Valley Produce Shipments

The Watsonville district continues shipping strawberries and other berries in good volume.  Strawberries are averaging about 950 truck loads per week.  Meanwhile, dozens of vegetables continue out of Salinas ranging from various types to lettuces to broccoli, and cauliflower, among others.

Salinas Valley produce – grossing about $6800 to New York City.

San Joaquin Valley Produce Shipments

From the Westside District, cantaloupe, honeydew and other melons are increasing in volume….Watermelons are averaging about 300 truck loads weekly and increasing in volume….There also is good volume with stone fruit ranging from peaches to plums and nectarines….Another big crop of grapes continues to be shipped…Pear and apple shipments are just starting from Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley.  Between 1.5 and 1.7 million boxes of apples are forecast and should continue until mid October.

Central San Joaquin Valley fruits and vegetables – grossing about $6100 to Atlanta.

Southern California Produce Shipments

Avocado loadings continue in good volume, although it is declining as we head into the latter part of the shipping season….Tomatoes are big item.  Vine ripe tomato loadings continue from the Oceanside and San Diego areas, including produce crossing the border into San Diego from Baja California.

Southern California citrus, avocados and tomatoes – grossing about $4800 to Houston.

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Late Spring California Produce Shipments are Increasing

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TkrLeeWeaverThere’s no less than six regions currently active with California produce shipments.  Here’s a look at each of those areas and how loading opportunities look.  This is the time of year when produce freight rates are typically peaking and we’ll take a look at those as well.

Salinas Valley produce shipments, comprised primarily of mixed vegetables, strawberries and raspberries are moving into full volume, although there are some shipping gaps occurring with veggies. Lettuce shipments, led by iceberg and romaine are averaging over 1700 truckload equivalents per week.  There also broccoli, cauliflower and dozens of other lesser volume vegetables being shipped.

You should gross about $8300 to New York City. 

Santa Maria District is shipping many of the same items as the Salinas Valley, but in much smaller volume, with more pick ups, unless  a shipper consolidates loads.

San Joaquin Valley produce shipments have every thing from mixed vegetables to stone fruit and blueberries and melons  in the central valley.

Produce items grossing about $8200 to New York City. 

Kern County has primarily carrots and potatoes available.

Southern California is relatively quiet with the exit of berries to Santa Maria and Watsonville.  There are still some avocados and citrus and a few tomatoes —  grossing about $7900 to New York City.

Desert Shipments including Coachella Valley table grapes, peppers, sweet corn and eggplant are available, grossing about  $8100 to New York City.


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