The volume of spinach coming out of the west coast is steady.
“The supply of spinach looks good as of today,” says Ken Horwitz of The Salad Farm based in Salinas, Ca. “Supply is about the same as this time last year and we don’t foresee any issues with spinach as of now.”
The Salad Farms grows primarily in the Salinas Valley in California. However in the winter months, to provide continuous year-round supplies, it shifts growing regions to Holtville, Ca. and Yuma, Ariz. In addition to its own production, Horwitz says competition for supplying spinach is currently only coming out of similar western regions. “In terms of the next few weeks, the suppliers are looking strong here on the west coast,” says Horwitz.
Shifting eating patterns
Horwitz anticipates that consumption of the leafy green should be steady until the end of the year when the holidays come and winter is at its coldest and consumers turn to eating more soup instead of green-rich salads. However, there are other trends happening that influence demand in the business. “We’re seeing that home home delivery programs are creating different unique power blends using spinach which is great to see because it’s coming straight from the chefs,” says Horwitz.
Altogether, this balance has created steady pricing on spinach so far this year, he adds.