The excitement of a long Labor Day holiday weekend was tempered somewhat by lingering recovery efforts from last week’s Hurricane Ida.
Parts of Louisiana and New Orleans remain without power, and fuel prices have gone up nationwide with spot shortages as a result of the hurricane’s landfall so close to key oil and natural gas hubs. Multiple growing areas up the East Coast are still waiting to be able to access wet fields after rains soaked much of the Eastern Seaboard. Further north, major cities including New York City are recovering from the catastrophic flooding which resulted in the loss of multiple lives. Transportation and markets came to a standstill during the storm as highways were impassable, and delivery backlogs were clearing into this week.
Mexican avocado crossings through Texas movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading on large fruit (40s-48s) was fairly active to active, with other sizes moderate. Prices were generally unchanged, though shippers report lighter than usual supplies for this time of year due to morning precipitation keeping daytime temperatures cooler than usual and blocking sunlight. Fruit is reportedly taking longer to size up as a result. Demand on 40s-48s remains fairly good and moderate on others. Avocados from the South District of California movement is expected to decrease seasonally.
Michigan blueberry movement is expected to decrease sharply as the season is quickly coming to a close. Trading was moderate at higher prices and the quality of fruit is variable. Movement of blueberries from Oregon and Washington is expected to decrease seasonally. Trading was fairly active early and moderate later at higher prices. A large portion of current movement is coming out of controlled atmosphere storage. Quality remains generally good. Peruvian imports of blueberries arriving through Philadelphia and New York City areas movement via boat is expected to increase.