Category Insight - Shopping Environment
Potato Market Update
The russet potato market has seen minimal change. Demand remains very light, which is typical for this time of the year. Sizing throughout the country appears to be on the smaller side, with the one exception of potatoes in Washington. Pricing remains steady, with slight advancements happening on the larger-size russet potatoes.
Demand in the red potato market has been good and that is expected to continue with St. Patrick’s Day approaching. Some growing regions, including Idaho and Red River Valley are expected to have supplies into April. As of early this week, Florida growers started bringing new crop red potatoes to market.
Supplies of storage crop, yellow potatoes continue to wind down in Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota and Idaho. Pricing remains steady to slightly stronger depending on quality. New crop yellow potatoes are starting to become available from both California and Florida; however, most of the new crop supplies remain near the shipping point.
Storage crop white potatoes are nearing the end of their season in the Northeast. Growers in Florida and California are starting to bring quality new crop white potatoes to market, but at a much higher cost than the available storage crop.
Storage crop fingerling potatoes remain available in Colorado, Idaho and Washington. New crop fingerling potatoes are available from growers in Florida and California. Pricing remains steady.
Onion Market Update
The yellow onion market continues to remain slow as supply exceeds demand. Growers in Mexico have new crop yellow onions available, adding additional supplies to the market. Additionally, Texas growers are expected to come to market in early March with new crop onions.
Red onions remain in good supply from growers across the country.
Overall, onion quality is excellent and growers in the Columbia Basin are starting to prepare for spring planting. New crop over winter onions will be available out of the Columbia Basin late June (features in image).
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