U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products update - Week of June 13-19, 2021

Movement of asparagus from Walla Walla District and Lower Yakima Valley expected to decrease

As vaccination rates rise and more and more aspects of life return to normal, the wide-spread shortage of labor and workers becomes increasingly apparent. While many levels of the foodservice industry and the retail sector face similar labor shortages, staff shortages in dining establishments will likely be one of the most noticeable features of the labor situation to the average consumer.

Asparagus crossings from Mexico are expected to decrease with moderate trading at higher prices. Production decreased temporarily as growers switch from the Constitution growing region to the Central Mexico region resulting in tightened supplies, with a delay in some fields being harvested. Movement of Peruvian asparagus is expected to increase slightly with moderate trading and prices much higher as shippers look ahead to the July 4 holiday. With domestic competition decreasing and shipping delays finally being sorted out, customers are reported to be returning to Peruvian product.

Movement of asparagus from the Walla Walla District and Lower Yakima Valley Washington is expected to decrease sharply as most shippers are finished for the season. Supplies are insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market, with the last price report issued and light shipments expected to continue through July 3.

Movement from Michigan is expected to decrease seasonally. The remaining supplies are in too few hands to establish a market.

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