Given the current COVID-19 situation, US retailers were challenged to draw shoppers in this week. Saint Patrick's Day was the major focus of almost all flyers, with cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, corned beef, and Irish soda bread widely promoted.
Lemons were showcased with seafood for Lent. Citrus continued to be widely advertised as new varieties hit the market. Total ad numbers this week were 346,238, a 2% increase from last weeks 338,153. The total number of ads broken out by commodity groups: fruit 173,367 (50% of all ads), onions and potatoes 36,942 (11%), vegetables 132,819 (38%), herbs 1,164, and ornamentals 1,946. The number of ads for organic produce was 41,284, 12% of total ads.
The following are the prices of major advertised items (3,000 plus stores) this week, compared to the same week last year. Significant increases in price for fruit this week included only avocados at 24%. Significant decreases included Navel oranges (ea at 18%, per lb at 13%), white seedless grapes at 15%, Honeycrisp at 11%, raspberries at 11%, and strawberries at 10%.
Significant increases for onions and potatoes this week included only red potatoes; there were no decreases. There were no significant increases for vegetables this week. Significant decreases included only asparagus at 10%.