Predictions that vaccines would provide a swift path back to normal life are suffering heavy setbacks this week, as the US caseload and death counts approach numbers on par with last summer’s peak. A combination of vaccine hesitancy, the emergence of super-contagious vaccine resistant strains, and people’s efforts to resume a normal life without consideration for social distancing or masks have all contributed to rising case numbers, with hospital beds in some locations completely filled.
Movement of avocadoes from Mexico crossings through Texas is expected to decrease slightly, though demand remains strong with higher prices on all sizes except 84s. Trading was moderate to very active with a wide range in prices reported. The last report has been issued for Peruvian imports arriving through the ports of Miami, Philadelphia, and New York, with movement expected to decrease as the season winds down. Current supplies from Peru were in too few hands to establish a market. Movement from the South District California is expected to decrease seasonally. Trading was fairly active to active, with prices higher on all sizes aside from organic 60s and 70s. Demand remains strong, especially on larger sizes.
Michigan blueberries movement is expected to continue seasonal decrease. Trading was fairly active at higher prices with quality continuing to be variable. Movement of blueberries from Oregon and Washington is expected to decrease slightly. Trading was moderate with prices higher for seasonally tightening supplies. Shipments are approaching equal amounts of fresh picked and supplies out of controlled atmosphere storage.
Quality remains generally good, and some fruit is being diverted to freezers. High freight rates and fruit from competing growing areas are limiting shipment and sales. Movement from British Columbia Canada crossing through Northwest Washington is expected to decrease slightly with Elliot, Aurora and Last Call varieties being harvested.
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