November 01, 2017
Tomato markets are escalating as California production comes to an end, while regions in Central and South Florida are expecting extremely low yields over the next four to six weeks.
- Severe impact from Hurricane Irma along Florida’s West Coast will reduce industry volume over the next six weeks, creating a demand that exceeds the supply market
- Mature green stocks will be especially limited; Florida growers expect as little as 30% of normal production through early December
- Florida’s grape and cherry tomato production has been further reduced by cool weather over the past week
- Mexican-grown vine ripe supplies will be limited until winter production begins in mid-December; Roma volume is stable in the Baja and mainland regions of Mexico