The fall weather has shoppers snapping up seasonal favorites. Acorn, spaghetti, and butternut squashes were abundant this week, along with onions and potatoes, broccoli crowns, pumpkins, cabbage, grapes, apples, and pears. Late season peaches and berries were well-advertised this week, along with clementines, avocadoes, and tangerines.
Specialty grapes provided a fun twist to the usual offerings. Halloween excitement was found not only in the candy aisles, but in seasonal costume and decor sections as well.
Total ad numbers this week were 297,768, a 5% decrease from last week’s 314,910. Total ad numbers for the same week last year were 20% higher than this year. The total number of ads broken out by commodity groups: fruit 161,316 (54% of all ads), onions and potatoes 28,400 (10%), vegetables 104,383 (35%), herbs 548.
The number of ads for organic produce was 42,073, 14% of total ads. The number of retailers citing Covid-19 as their reason for withholding ads this week was less than 1%.